photo by Trisha Zemp
Number one: Your first idea is not your (always) best idea.
Though I went to design school for interior design, I took a few classes in other design studies including a product design course. In this course we worked with an art-focused city in Italy that had been disrupted by an earthquake years ago and still hasn't recovered. We created products that would go in their museum store. The products needed to be inspired by the history of the city. We started out getting to know the city and drawing things that inspired. Slowly we conceived of ideas of products and would discuss them in front of the small class.