Capstone Design Studio Rebekah Hilton
My design philosophy is to "refine the chaos". Design is the crossroads of numerous schools of thought. It understands the intricacies of politics, culture, psychology, and commerce by using technology, research, and creativity to produce elegant solutions to often convoluted problems. The "chaos" is all the unknowns at the beginning of a project. I branch out collecting every bit of information that I think might be helpful to find the best solutions. Yes, solutions. Rarely does a real-world problem have one perfect solution. One piece of information leads to another which leads to two or three more. Before I know it, I have created a diverse web of research. "Refining" is the act of going through this web, which by the end of the project will hold market research, user research, prototyping experiment outcomes, and all other manners of learning, and picking out the solution patterns I feel best match the project brief. Similar to the mathematical chaos theory, these patterns are not readily apparent until a full picture is visible of the entanglement. In short, my philosophy is to create a network of chaos throughout my design process that I refine down into a series of solutions that I discern are the best to address the problem at hand.