I was assisting a friend who was teaching a class in chair design at the Penland School Of Crafts and as a way to work through the whole design process and documenting it for the students, I started the You and Me chair project.
I usually start with rough pencil sketches as I begin a project with goal of identifying at least 3 ideas that merit further development. I then go to a computer CAD first just to work out issues of proportion in front and side elevations, from there to extent that I am able I construct a 3 dimensional computer model introducing color and wood tones. After picking what I believe to be the best idea form the previous process I then construct a small scale model or maquette introducing elements such as texture and other media which I cannot represent in the computer model. As a final step especially in the case of a chair I build a full scale mockup in cheap materials to see if my idea is really something you would want to sit in.
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