Transforming How Architects, Contractors, and Clients collaborate.
Vulume's founder approached with a project from the world of architecture. He envisioned a digital tool to improve and streamline architectural projects; essentially a basecamp for architects and designers. One where contractors and clients could work collaboratively with scaling from simple interiors to large-scale commercial construction.
The Heart of the Matter
We needed to know how architects and designers work with their team, contractors, and clients. By interviewing users and internal experts, we started learning about the process. The approach was mostly unchanged for decades. The build environment relies on physical blueprints and printouts. Getting a project done requires endless emails, calls, and meetings. The process was slow and the approval process filled with delays. There was room for improvement. But how could we take a physical process and translate it to digital?
Everything in One Place
We built Vulume as a built environment collaboration app. In it, we added role-based visibility. This helped ensure teams, contractors, and architects had access to what was relevant. Besides varying roles, we added differences in project types (public vs. private); each had different goals. Public projects are like open-source projects for software developers. Project type aside, both had to be easy to use. A user is greeted with their timeline displaying important user actions and favorites based on frequent regular use; e.g., types of tile, finishes, etc. This made referencing recent documents like contracts or photos much easier. Photos are added to projects, allowing clients the ability to view them asynchronously and comment.
Bringing the Idea of Open Source and Discovery to the Architectural Community
On public projects, followers see the creation and evolution of a project. Other users can find architects to communicate and collaborate with. They can view their work, comment, share, and get ideas for their own projects. Discovery is made simpler through smart tagging, browsing categories, and powerful search. Vulume's Chrome extension experience we built let users capture inspiration from anywhere.
Used by Professionals Worldwide
Vulume helps users simplify their workflow, improve communication, and increase efficiency. Their community connects architects, designers, contractors, and clients around the world to share ideas.