One of the downsides of my early morning boot camp is that the music will be on repeat in my head the rest of the day. Sometimes that is good. Sometimes, it is not. The other day, the Colbie Caillat song, “This Is How it Starts” got stuck.
Stop me on the corner
Swear you hit me like a vision
I, I, I wasn’t expecting
But who am I to tell fate where it’s supposed to go with it?
I was humming the tune as I sketched away on a very early schematic design for a new client, and the disconnect between what I was singing and what I was doing struck me. The layers and layers of trace paper and drafting dots attached to my drawing board are a testament to the somewhat messy nature of the design process.
While design inspiration can come suddenly, it is usually the result of studying, redrawing, and rethinking how spaces or details might come together rather than an unexpected bolt of lightning. When I review these early schematic designs with clients, I sometimes show several versions of a floor plan or elevation, as components might get mixed and matched to achieve the best solution. And regardless of the size of the project, that feedback is critical to the design process as we clarify what the project is going to accomplish, prioritize needs and investment areas and get excited about seeing what’s happening on paper come to life.