Organization of a Design Project in Design Manager

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Projects in Design Manager are made up of the Project itself, Locations, Items, and Components.  The Project holds the client’s billing address, contact information, site address, etc.  Locations are used to arrange a Project into logical and useful divisions.  Locations are usually rooms in a house such as “Master Bedroom” or “Kitchen”, but can be as creative or descriptive as “Floor Tile and Installation” or “Time Charges for Design Work”.  Locations can then be populated with Items.  Items are the finished merchandise or service that is provided to the client and will be displayed on the Proposal and client invoice.  Components are pieces that make up an Item.  Components appear on purchase orders to your vendors.  For example, you might be making a custom sofa for your client’s Family Room.  The Location would be “Family Room,” the Item would be the “Sofa,” and the Components would be the frame, the fabric, upholstery work, and freight charges.  Each Component of the sofa can be ordered from different vendors.  The frame can be ordered from one vendor, the fabric from another.  The frame and fabric can be shipped to the upholsterer (3rd vendor) who ships the finished sofa back to you.  Each Component has a cost and a price.  In Design Manager, the term “cost” refers to your cost from the vendor.  The term “price” refers to what you are charging the client.  Design Manager will sum the price of each Component to derive the total price that you will bill the client for the Item.

 

Design Manager displays the Project information in a hierarchy, beginning with the Project.  Each Location is then listed under the Project.  Within the Location, each Item is displayed along with each Component under its Item.  Using our example, the Project might look like this:

 

Smith Summer Home

 Family Room

         Custom Sofa

                 Frame

                 Shipping Charge for Frame

                 Fabric

                 Shipping Charge for Fabric

                 Upholstery Work

                 Shipping charge for finished sofa

         Item #2

                 Component for Item #2

                 Component for Item #2

         .

         .

 Kitchen

         Kitchen Item #1

                 Component

                 Component

         Kitchen Item #2

                 Component

                 Component

 .

 .

 

Each Project can have up to 10,000 Items and Locations, with up to 1000 Components in each Item—No Project is too big for Design Manager!