Are you looking to create your very own custom floor plan for your upcoming event on Remo?
(If you've already created your Custom Floor Plan, check out this article for how you can upload it to your account)
Well, here’s everything you need to know, whether you’re a master designer or someone who’s still trying to get their stick figures right.
And for a little inspiration along the way, check out some of these other crazy yet brilliant masterpieces that other event hosts, (just like you!) have created
The first thing you need to do is pick a design software you’re comfortable using. You can use any tool you like, provided it can export in an SVG format
If you don’t have much design background, don’t worry we’ve compiled a quick list here of some of the tools you can try out when creating your custom floor plan
That being said though, we do recommend using either Adobe Illustrator or the latest version of Sketch to design your Custom Floor Plan. So much so, we've created tutorial videos for both of these applications:
Floor Plan Breakdown
Here’s a quick illustration of the various elements that make up a Remo floor plan:
When you’re customizing your floor plan, essentially each of these elements is going to be in a different ‘layer’ and that layer has to be named a certain way so that our system will recognize these elements for what they are.
Here are some key tips you should be aware of before you start designing so that all your hard work pays off:
- Make sure to check out these common mistakes when creating Custom Floor Plans.
- All layer names are case sensitive!
- Our optimal file size is less than 1MB, as this contributes to a faster loading time for yourself, your speakers, and your guests when they first enter your event space. That being said though, we have had file sizes greater than this, that have not created significant issues, but please keep your file size as small as possible to create the best experience
- Here are some tips to reducing file size you can keep a note of as you design:
- Lots of elements and small items will contribute to a larger file size and slower load times, so cut back on any unnecessary elements
- Use image compressors to minimize the file size of various design elements (such as food items on a table) before adding them to your floor plan
- Reduce unnecessary path points when designing various elements
- Here is a super useful article about some other ways you can optimize your SVG file
- Here are some tips to reducing file size you can keep a note of as you design:
- Please ensure you share your custom floor plan with us at least 7 days before your event, if it’s less than that we cannot guarantee your floor plan will be fully functional during your event
- At each step, export your design in SVG format and upload it to our custom floor plan validator to see if you’ve created that element correctly - it’ll save a lot of time as you can point out any errors much faster
- Remember the Floor Plan you apply for your event is repeated on each floor in the event space. So the Floor Plan you design now will be used for Floor 1, Floor 2, and how many ever floors are in your event.
If this is your first time designing a custom floor plan or designing in general, you may find it more helpful to download one of our templates and just work off of there, so you understand and learn the various naming conventions and how they work (or if you’re in a bit of a time crunch and/or you don’t need too many modifications from the standard one):
We've also got the files of our other Standard Remo Templates here if you'd prefer to work from those.
The first thing you want to design is the map background, this is the green rectangle with trees and bushes on the standard Remo Floor Plan:
Remember the map background does not contain any functional elements for your event, it’s just an exciting way to give your guests context about “where” your event is. For example, if you’re hosting a space enthusiast convention you could design the map background to look like outer space…
When designing the map background, keep the following notes in mind:
It has to be rectangular in shape
It can be a rectangular image if you want (make sure you have the right to use that image though!)
If you are choosing to use an image, try compressing it first before adding it to your design file, as you want to keep the file size as low as possible. Here is a helpful image compressor website
Once you’re happy with your map background you need to group all the elements present into a single layer. Name this layer “map-background”
The Conference Area represents what your guests see when they first enter your event space. Therefore, whatever you want your guests to see easily, please make sure to place this within this conference area space.
For example in the picture below, all the tables, seats, billboards, green room, sponsors, and floor are within the conference area layer, thus all these elements will be seen by guests entering into an event with the floor plan below:
The conference area also must be rectangular in shape. You can play around with size if you like, but the ideal conference area size is 2060 pixels x 1200 pixels (width x height), with a 16:10 aspect ratio (Remember, most laptops, desktops, and computers have an aspect ratio of between 16:9 and 16:10).
Here’s a handy calculator to help you determine what sizes will stick to a given aspect ratio.
The important thing to note though is that this area will be zoomed in to fit your guests' browser view.
Once you’re done with this, create a new layer with just the conference area rectangle you just created. Name this layer “conference-area”.
CHECKPOINT 1: You should have something similar to the image below, two layers: “map-background” and “conference-area”. Your conference area layer should include the rectangle you just created.
If you would like to add anything below your tables, sponsor banners, billboards e.t.c. such as a floor or walls (as we've done in the image above), now is the best time to do it.
1. Tables (aka Rooms)
Tables in Remo are the areas that your guests can jump between, and where they can have private audio and video conversations with other guests. In your floor plan, each table will have its own separate layer.
Firstly, design your table area (no need to worry about the seats just yet). Here are some examples for inspiration:
|This “table” (or room) has a rug, a circular desk as well as a laptop, tablet, and cups (all made from a bunch of rectangles and circles!) Try creating some cool elements for yourself as well…||This one is more like a bar table with different types of food on it (again just a series of shapes strung together)|
Once you’re happy with the table you’ve created you need to again group all the elements and create a layer.
The name for this layer should be “table-name of your table”. The layer name will be used to identify which table is which, therefore they must be unique names. For example, if I wanted to call the table Lounge 1, I would name that table layer “table-Lounge 1”. Alternatively, if I wanted to call the table Rainy days, I would name the table layer “table-Rainy days”.
Even if you don’t want an image of a table, rug, or other elements in the room, you still need to create a layer for the table. You can do this by creating an invisible rectangle the size you want the table or room to be, creating a layer out of this, and naming it the same way as above.
If you want to keep the same design for the table, just copy and paste the table layer. But make sure to change the table layer name each time
A couple of points to note when designing your tables:
- Your tables can be any size, but they all must fit inside the conference area
- If you'd like the table to be seen when guests first enter, make sure to place it within the conference area rectangle created previously
- All table layer names must be unique (i.e. if you want to call all your rooms Lounge, you’ll need to name your layers “table-Lounge 1”, “table-Lounge 2” and so on
- All table layer names must be in English
- All other elements such as seats, admin seat and the table name will go under this layer
- Our algorithm will spread guests to tables evenly based on the order of the table layers you create. For example, the first and second guest will be placed on Lounge 1. The third and fourth guests to enter will be placed on Lounge 2, and so on. If you want to change this order, simply re-order the various table layers
EXTRA: Clickable Area (Optional)
This is only possible when using Adobe Illustrator. This layer will not be recognized when using other design tools.
This additional layer is only valid for Isometric floor plans. This additional layer will help you customize the area of your table, just like in the image below:
For an idea of what this will look like, please check out our ISO floor plan SVG file here
To add this layer, you need to insert a polygon shape, double-click on this shape, and change the shape outline to fit the outline of your table area.
You then need to rename this element as "clickable-area". This element should again go underneath the respective table layer. See below for an example:
Please note, you need to insert a polygon shape for this layer, you cannot simply insert and draw a path.
Repeat this for each of your tables. Remember to add them in the right table layers though!
2. Table Name
Table Names are a great way to help your guests navigate your event space.
To add table names, insert a text element and write down what you want your table to be named.
When you upload your floor plan to Remo the table names will match what you named your initial table layer in the step above e.g. if you called your table layer "table-Lounge 1" above, on your floor plan this table will be called "Lounge 1". Don't worry though, if you set it up correctly, you can still edit your table names even after your floor plan has been uploaded.
Please note, the only font we currently support is Myriad Pro, with a maximum font size of 25.
If you use a different font, it will automatically change back to Myriad Pro once the floor plan is uploaded.
Position the text element where you want it.
Please note that the table name will automatically align itself to the center of the respective table layer. There is currently no way to have your table name aligned to the left or right side of the table.
And now, you need to rename this text element and call it “name”. This element should again go underneath the respective table layer. See below for an example:
Repeat this process and add table names for all the tables you want names for. Remember to add them in the right table layers though!
If you're designing an isometric floor plan and have used the "clickable-area" above, you can add angled table names to your floor plan as well. Here's how: 1. Add your table name as outlined in the steps above, and angle it to match the angle your isometric floor plan is designed using. 2. Create a line, make it into a "path", and place it below wherever you want your table name to be 3. Rename the element to "text-path-name" 4. Make sure the path is invisible (no fill and no border), and is placed within the respective table layer Just remember, adding angled table names is only available if you have added the "clickable-area" element as shown in the section above.
The seats are where your guests “sit” when they join a table. They can be any shape or size but keep in mind the avatars are circles measuring 55px in diameter, so keep your size relatively close to this measurement
Here are a few examples of seats we’ve had on Custom Floor Plans to get you inspired for your own creation:
|Good old trusty sofa chair made from rectangles!!||If you want to keep it simple, try a circle||Or how about let your guests chill on a beach chair!|
Once you’ve created your seat, group all the elements that make an individual seat together and create a layer. Name this layer “seat”. See below for an example of a seat layer:
If you want to make it easy for you, you can also add the table number it belongs too and the seat number. For example, for the first seat on table 1, I would call the corresponding seat layer “seat-1-1”
Make sure the seat layers are added into the respective table layers. So for example, if you’re creating a seat for the Lounge 1 table, you need to add that seat layer into the “table-Lounge 1” layer you created in the previous step.
If you’re keeping the same seat designs, just copy and paste the seat layer
There are some restrictions you need to follow when creating seats for your table:
- The maximum number of seats you can have per table depends on your current Remo plan, so please check our pricing page for your plan features. (Of course, you can design tables with more seats, but the actual number of guests that can sit at the table is determined by your plan)
- You can also design tables with less than your maximum number of seats, for example, tables of two or tables of three. (You can even mix them up, so your floor plan has varying table sizes to give your guests options)
|Tables of two, ideal for speed networking sessions or private conversations||A mix of tables of two, four, and six, so guests can choose the types of conversations they want to be part of|
- You must add buffer seats to your floor plan (above your expected number of guests) to allow guests to move around! Our algorithm automatically fills up 80% of the seats on a floor and then moves on to filling the next floor. So, for example, if you’ve got 40 expected guests and you want to keep them all on a single floor, you need to design at least 50 seats (80% of 50 = 40)
- However, the total maximum number of seats you can have is 125, and the total minimum number of seats is 25. The number of seats only includes the number of guest seats (it does not include seats in your green room (see section 5 below), or host seats (see section 4 below)).
The maximum 125 seats will be effective after June 15, 1:00 AM PDT. For any floor plans created before June 15, 1:00 AM PDT, the total number of seats will include both guest seats and seats in the green room (but not host seats)
4. Host Seat
A host seat is an extra seat that event hosts can occupy if a table is full.
A lot of event hosts choose to keep this seat ‘invisible’ so guests don’t get confused, but the choice is yours! If you want to make it invisible, you can just insert a circle (size: 55px by 55px) and then remove any fill and/or border color
If you want to make the host seat visible just go ahead and copy and paste one of your seat layers from before or design a new seat design the same way
Either way, once you’ve created your admin seat, group all the elements together and create another layer. Name this layer “admin-seat”. Make sure this layer is under the respective table layer as well.
Repeat this for all the tables where you want a host seat.
You can only have one host seat per table
CHECKPOINT 2: Quick check, each of your table layers should begin with “table-” and they should contain seats (with layers starting with “seat”), a text element (named “name” in the layer panel), and an admin seat if you wanted one (with a layer starting with “admin-seat”). Each of your table layer should look something like this:
5. Green Room
Only event hosts and registered speakers can access the green room area so it’s commonly used as a private meeting room or green room before presentations.
The green room can be any shape or size, and placed anywhere on the floor plan (if you want your guests to see it when it first loads, remember to place it within your conference area rectangle)
If you want hosts and speakers to be able to enter the green room area, you need to add seats in the green room as well. These seats, again, can be invisible (no fill or border colour) or have a fancy design, but whichever option you go for, each seat needs an individual layer named “seat” (which is the same process as adding seats to your table).
The maximum number of seats you can have in the green room is the same as the maximum number of guests you can have per table.
|A stage with ‘invisible’ seats||A stage with ‘visible’ seats|
Once you’ve created the green room and the seats in the green room, group all these elements together and create another layer. Name this layer “table-stage”
It should look like this:
You can have two billboards in your floor plan:
Left Billboard: Video Billboard, for a Youtube, Vimeo, or Twitch video
Right Billboard: Text Billboard, for text such as the event agenda or important announcements
It is not necessary to have both of these billboards in your floor plan, you can choose to only have one or neither, but you cannot have two video billboards or two text billboards.
Billboards do not need to be the same size as each other. For example, if you want to feature a video, you can have a bigger left billboard in the center of your plan, and a smaller right billboard to the side. However, they both must stay as a rectangle.
For the left billboard, as it is for a video, the recommended size ratio would be 16:9
For the right billboard, there is a maximum height limit of 163px
Again, you need to create a separate layer for each of these billboards:
For the left billboard, name the layer “table-left-billboard”
For the right billboard, name the layer “table-right-billboard”
If you want these billboards to be visible as soon as a guest enters the space, make sure the billboard layers fit within your original conference area rectangle.
Sponsor Banners are dynamic and can link your guests wherever you want. For some fun, creative ideas on how to use sponsor banners for things other than sponsors, check out this article.
The maximum number of sponsor banners you can add to your floor plan and use in your events is determined by your plan, so please refer to our pricing page to check how many sponsor banners your plan allows for.
To add a sponsor banner, insert a rectangle (it can be any size, but the recommended size is 245 x 120 pixels). Position the sponsor banner where you want it on your floor plan. Name the rectangle “sponsor”. If you want more sponsor banners, copy and paste the rectangle, but this time name it “sponsor-2”, then “sponsor-3” and so on.
Once you’re done creating all your sponsor banners, you can select all of them and create a layer, you can call this layer “Sponsors” (but the important part is to name each of the rectangles!). See the image below for an example:
Some things to note in regards to sponsor banners:
- It’s best to make your sponsor banners are invisible on your floor plan (remove the fill and border colors), just in case you don’t end up using them during your event.
- Your sponsor banners can be of varying sizes, but they must remain rectangles.
- If you want your sponsor banners visible to guests when they first enter, make sure to fit these within your original conference area rectangle.
CHECKPOINT 3: That’s everything done! Check the image below to see if the names and positions of your layers match. There should be a “map-background” layer, a “conference-area” layer,
a “table-stage” layer, “table-left-billboard” layer, “table-right-billboard” layer, “sponsor” rectangles, and all the “table-” layers (that contain “seat” and “admin-seat” layers and text elements called “name”)
Here’s a sample design you can take reference from with all the layer names.
Now you need to export your floor plan design as an SVG file, but there are a few things to note here:
- When exporting, make sure the ‘Responsive’ option is unchecked as shown below (if your design tool has this option)
- Please set the SVG export decimal to 2 (if your design tool has this option)
- After exporting, the SVG file and design may become distorted, so please either have your designer or yourself check the file before submitting it
Validate your Design
To validate your design:
Go to our Custom Floor Plan Validator Tool
Upload your Custom Floor Plan in SVG format
Check the results to see if there are any errors found, if not continue scrolling, if yes, go back to your design and correct the errors (it’s likely to do with the naming of your layers)
- Check the image of your custom floor plan, and make sure everything appears the way you imagined it:
- The conference area will be highlighted in red.
- Your tables, stage, billboards, and sponsors are highlighted in grey.
- Your admin seats are represented by the star icon.
- The order that the tables and seats will fill up is indicated by the numbers on them.
If everything checks out, that’s it! You’ve just created your very own custom floor plan for your event! Congratulations ✨
Where to Upload?
You can upload the SVG file of your very own floor plan directly from within your Remo account - here's how!
Or, if you prefer, you can send our Support Team your SVG file and we'll take care of uploading it to your account. Just click the 'Need Help' button in the lower-left corner of any Remo Conference webpage and upload the SVG file.
Please give your custom floor plan to us at least 7 days before your event. This gives us enough time to identify any technical issues with your design, and if there are, help you to resolve them.
If you upload your custom floor plan less than 7 days before your event, we cannot guarantee that your floor plan will be fully functional for your event.
If you're looking for more advice or examples of Custom Floor Plans, join us in our dedicated Floor Plan Space in our Remo Revolution Community!