One of my greatest inspirations is the idea of improvement. I am not content simply reproducing existing designs – I always like to try new things and new ideas.
Man seems to be a problem-seeking as well as a problem-solving animal. We are programmed to change, develop, and meet new challenges until we die.
(Find this quote, along with many other interesting quotes on my page titled Quotables.)
As I continue along my chosen career path, I continue to realize what my strengths are and what I want to be doing. Design is definitely of interest to me. Honestly, I don’t have much interest in recreating something that’s already been done. I am an innovator and I enjoy creating original work. Every piece in my Gallery is an original design of mine.
Sometimes my creative urges are driven by necessity – when there is nothing else available that does what I want. This is often the case with the specialized tools that I make, such as this extra-long marking knife I made from an old socket-handle chisel.
Most of the time, I find myself innovating because I think that I can make it better, or at least more to my liking. This improvement may be functional or aesthetic. Either way, I need to make it my own design – I need to add my own touch of flair.
These are my sketches and notes for my redesign of the conversation chair. It’s a work in progress.
If you’re ever stuck for inspiration, pick something that you think you can improve upon or reinterpret. Also, while on the topic of reinterpreting, don’t forget to sign up for #Woodchat’s Telephone Game Design Experiment.