Visual mapping – much like brain storming or word clouds. Designers often use this approach (see mood boards and pin boards – and the development of digital approaches such as pin-it.

Artists often use thumb nail sketches to develop ideas – these images are thumb-nails – the smaller version of a bigger visual idea… this approach enables a visual record, on a small scale – of a thought process; a way of organising ideas. In this case to better understand the way in which a designer might approach their work. So much information is developed during the research process, and so many connections are made between different ideas it can sometimes get overwhelming. This visual approach enables a re-tracing of these connections.

Iterative tracings

Finding ways in which the betwixt and between moments within the formation of different sets of knowledges involved in working with the moving body can be slowed down, extended and compared…

Re-tracing and mapping design…

From the last few parts of the writing stage. Looking at design process…

“The way in which ideas are brought together impacts on learning and the different ways in which individuals respond to new challenges within design practice…Given the interdisciplinary nature of design, its relationship to the moving body, and the way in which this must involve the consideration of both form and function, different approaches to creating multiple layers are likely to be relevant. The examination of the application of translucency, opacity and transparency is likely to need further investigation to better understand how layers created between traces could be effectively juxtaposed. “


Layering such as montage and college through which different ideas are placed together in the same space to make visible the differences between them. Through these differences, subjects and objects are re-viewed and re-considered; the relationship between character, space and design newly rendered.

Writing – working from the end, to the start and back again

My writing process has rarely changed and it’s quite usual for me to begin a piece, edit it over a longer period of time and then start writing the ending before going back to the start and re-working the title and the introduction.

Presently I’m working through a series of practical studies that explore learning experiences, the re-presentation of knowledge and ways to better understanding how learning occurs for different individuals.

Finding and reviewing spaces where multiple knowledges can co-exist and can be brought together effectively to develop and refine designs according to the individual needs and requirements of each project. And considering how this work could be placed back within a relevant context.

'There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words.' - Doris Humphrey.