After a short hiatus, Design Director Chris Lee has returned to REA for work on OMs – offering memorandums.
We decided to ask him a few questions on his background and what he hopes to bring to our work in the OM sector. We’re happy to have him back!
How long have you been in the design industry?
I’ve been in the industry for about 15 years.
Where are you from originally?
South Korea. I moved to the United States when I was 16.
You mentioned you were an Illustration major. What made you switch over to design?
Getting a job in illustration 15 years ago was really hard – I’m not sure if it’s the same today. But one of my good friends who was also an art director suggested I try going into design, because I’d already been doing some computer graphics in school, and was familiar with it. I still do some painting work on the side.
What do you love most about design?
As a designer you have more freedom; you can think differently. Some people can only think on one side in their job; a designer can see multiple aspects and angles. That’s the beauty of being a designer or anyone pursuing creativity. You can see things other people can’t.
What do you plan to bring to REA through your “OM [offering memorandum] Academy”?
My background is in the financial sector so I’ve worked on OMs in the past. Most of the designers here haven’t worked on OM books, and it’s a unique sector – not like an annual or financial report. It’s very different from other types of design. The designers here should have a better idea of how to make a building or certain architecture appealing to buyers. Our OM has to stand out from other OMs when a buyer is taking a look at it. So that’s the way we have to present it.
How often do you plan on having OM Academy training sessions?
Probably bi-weekly, for about an hour each time. I’ll do a training session and then help anyone after who has questions.
REA is already considered the leading expert in the OM sector. Could you tell me a little more this sector, and about how you plan to keep our work #1?
OMs consist of lots of info-graphics, maps, stacking plans, and floor plans. There’s also a description of the real estate, which is the most important part when a buyer is choosing.
I think there are a lot of real estate design companies out there, but if we keep pushing ourselves… we’ll reinforce our commitment to excellence as the leading expert in OMs. And that’s really the whole point of the OM Academy, to keep learning and honing our skills in this area. There is always room to grow and improve, to continue to make our work really stand out.