When you begin working on a new design for a production, where do you start? Does your initial design theme or idea originate from the artist, or from you, or as collaboration between you, the artist, and others involved in the production? Do you draw inspiration from other sources such as literature, pop culture, fine art, architecture, or movies?
And once you have chosen the design theme or direction, in what ways do you translate that design vision to a physical set, in terms of soft goods, hard sets, lighting, video, and other set elements?
Many designers find that looking at videos or photographs of other productions can help them identify ways in which they can translate their own vision to the physical set. Let’s say that the designer wants a romantic feeling in shades of red, with an emphasis on soft curves rather than hard edges.
Looking at photographs or watching videos showing productions in which the set design incorporated red swags, Austrian drapes, and soft flowing legs, for example, might give the designer the opportunity to imagine how similar drapes might work for his or her own design.
What is your design process? Do you find inspiration by viewing the work of your fellow designers? We’d love to hear from you in the Comments section below.