Video: Michael Fortune’s Design Process
In this video, Michael takes you through his design process step by step, sharing his tips for drawing and brainstorming along the way
1. Identify and analyze
I start my design process by identifying what I want to make—a chair, a cabinet, a built-in bench—and analyzing the hard constraints on the piece: what functions it will serve, what space is available, and the requirements of weight, stability, and traffic around it.
2. Set the goal
I clarify what I want from the piece aesthetically and technically. Do I want a completely new design, or something to match an existing style? Do I want to learn new techniques? Work with specific materials? Is the priority function or appearance? Or are the two equal?
3. Generate ideas
This is the fun part—and it’s the heart of the matter. The key is to generate as many ideas as possible, either on paper or in model form. The tools can include transparent paper and a soft pencil for doodling and drawing, and whatever else works for making quick…