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KnickKnack

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#1 posted 1235 days ago

I spend a lot of time surfing through the search engine (google, bing etc) image searches. If I’m thinking of building, say, a dresser, I’ll do searches for “dresser art deco”, “dresser bauhaus” etc etc. I then go through all the gazzilion pages, going to the individual web sites if a picture takes my fancy – often those web sites have more interesting pictures. I’m not looking so much for the dresser thing as interesting shapes, interesting lines, interesting contrasts etc etc. I have a folder on my computer labelled (for historical reasons) “Rietveld” and I copy pictures into there, or sometimes the URL of a site with lots of interest. Once in a while I just scroll slowly through all those pictures hoping something will trigger a train of thought on what I actually am thinking about. I draw “plans” if you’d call them that in a drawing program, or in a notebook if I’m out in the world when something hits me. Refine, go to step 1, repeat.

I also tend to suffer from pete79s problem – I try to imagine actually making the thing I’m designing in my head over and over and over and over – I still don’t understand why those first 79 times going through it I didn’t realise that piece X couldn’t actually be attached to piece Y – luckily run-through 80 picked it up.

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