Breaking things to make things
I have a visualization exercise where I mentally take things apart and put them back together on my daily commute: paths of people in spaces, electrical wiring from street lamps through concrete, car engines, building structures, wireless device connectivity, placement of subway tunnels and testing out variations in flow. This take-apart mental exercise – and curiosity – helps me keep a sharp focus on how people move in spaces and has aided in my own design process.
This is also the basis for how we work at Fjord. Our mantra is simple: we break things so we can make things. If we understand how something works, we can break it and put it back together in a way that makes more sense for people or adds greater value to their lives.