Design processes can take a range of forms and can start from a variety of places, from a scribble on a napkin to a CAD file describing an outer envelope, to the passing of a beloved member of a community, and a vague but urgent desire to fix the remembering of that loved one in a physical object or space. Regardless of how a project comes to me, my works begins near the hardware drawers. Here is where I can reach in and ask the burning question: "Does the hinge allow that specific swing?" Somewhere between what the physical world of materials allows, and what the human heart desires, the project will find it's form. Through the magical process of the passing of time, the shedding of sweat, sometimes of blood and occasionally of tears, the stuff of the world is persuaded to accommodate our wishes. Thoughts become things, and the world is changed just a little bit.
Practically speaking, the actual process of design is usually a conversation between the hand and the machine, between manual drafting, sketching and modeling methods, and digital design techniques. Each has its strengths and weaknesses.
As a designer, it has always been important to me to incorporate the ideas and input of the client(s), for the "end user" to see some part of themselves in the final product. I have developed a number of methods for cultivating a collaborative process to help individuals or communities to work with artists and designers. Visit this page to read and see more about this.