As a designer, one always tries to focus on impressing the viewer with just a first glance. Always, we look forward to the words of appreciation for our ideas, but do we receive them? I think most of you will agree that it’s a very complex process to work out an impressive presentation, isn’t it? But the foremost question arrives of why do our design sheets fail to impress? What does it lack? There can be numerous contradicting answers to this, yet there are some of the common reasons for the given question.

1. Composition

Have you ever watched any presentation and thought of how good it would have been if composed effectively? Some people have amazing sheets, yet they fail to impress the viewers. There can be many reasons for this, yet the foremost can be – Composition. Yes, composing the whole presentation makes our work stand out from the others.

There should be defined space for everything in our sheets, and it needs to be followed further on. Sometimes it becomes a bit confusing for how to start composing a sheet. In that case, one can sketch out a rough idea of the sheet and then try executing it on the actual sheet. One needs to mark separate spaces for the title, drawings, sketches, etc. Also, the sketches need to have captions. These sketches, too, should be interrelated to each other. One cannot just depict a 3D along with the section without a floor plan. Thus, the drawings need to be composed properly and should be self-explanatory.

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The above image depicts how one can efficiently compose a sheet, including all the drawings and sketches. Thus, one can follow a good composition and see how it makes their presentation quite impressive.

2. Background

In every presentation, the background plays a pretty important role. The background can either highlight or dampen the contents of the sheet. Thus, we should choose the type of background which defines our sheet and drawings more clearly.

One of the best examples is of White colour background. White is the most common background colour, especially with black print over it. But while using a darker background, the print on the sheet should be lighter so as to highlight the prints on the sheet visible and legible. Thus, one needs to think about the background while preparing the sheets for presentation, as it is one of the most integral parts of sheets for any presentation. 

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3. Theme

While presenting, many times we feel stuck while defining our work. It feels as if our work lacks something. What might be the cause? It might be because our presentation lacks a theme.

A theme is much needed to define our design idea for any project. It is necessary to include a theme in our design presentation that gradually guides our design and makes it self-explanatory. A work without a defined theme usually fails to catch the viewer’s attention, leading to an ineffective presentation. Sometimes, even after doing satisfactory design work, we could not leave a good impact on the viewers. Have you ever wondered why? It might be because the work we presented lacked a continuity much needed to grab someone’s attention, which can be easily included by using themes in our presentations.

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4. Upskill Relevant Software

There are times when we try to learn every software available to make our presentation better. But is it a relevant way to prepare for our presentations? It is not. At first, we will feel good because our sheets would have a variety of sketches, models, and renders, but if we look at it as a whole, it will look unorganised. This usually happens because we have a quantity of work, but the quality is not possible. 

If we take one software and try to learn it better, rather than just jumping to different software all at once, it will surely help us to upgrade our skills. If we know at least one software and know-how to work properly, the presentation will improve automatically. There will be various sketches, renders of one kind, and all will look pretty precise.

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5. Orientation and Layout

One of the most common mistakes which we make during our design sheets presentation is the orientation and layout of our design sheets. Many times, to make the sheets a bit more appealing, we try to change the orientation and the layout of the sheets. But no matter how good the sheet looks, when viewed as in a presentation, the work doesn’t flow as it needs to be.

One should try to use a fixed layout and a fixed orientation of the sheets to maintain continuity and a rhythm of the whole presentation.

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These are some of the reasons why our design sheets fail to leave an impression on the viewers. But if these points are kept in mind, one can surely stand out in their presentation. 


Sameeksha, currently pursuing her architecture degree, is also inclined towards writing and pouring out her thoughts. Being an writing enthusiast as well as an architecture student, she constantly tries to grab every opportunity for writing and express her views for the built environment.

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