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Do Designers See the World Differently?

By October 12, 2017January 16th, 2023No Comments

Through the polychromatic looking glass

Contrary to popular belief, designers are not aliens in disguise. They are more like creative geniuses, gifted with a heightened sense of observation, an eye for the ornate, and a savage fixation on caffeine.

For the purpose of illustrating the value of environmental design, we asked Patricia Thompson, Environmental Designer at ClearpH, how she sees the world as a designer and creator.

Patricia has been part of the pHamily since 2016, and leads the environmental design department on all things interior, exterior, and the like. When she’s not creating superb spaces, Patty enjoys gin on the rocks at one of St. Pete’s local jazz clubs, tending to her garden children (plant mom), and collecting vintage coffee mugs.

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Q: How did you first become interested in design?

A: I can’t say there was a “moment…” always just was. As a kid, I was constantly drawing and painting, hanging out at the library checking out stacks of books… those “How to Draw” books. For whatever reason, as a kid I was fascinated with anything Art Deco (I still am). Then it turned into rearranging the furniture at home, and snowballed from there.

Q: What’s so special about environmental design anyways?

A: I find it exciting that there is more of an emphasis and understanding about people’s surroundings and how they are affected by them. It is a reflection of the occupant(s), the brand, the culture. Bottom line, the person should feel invited to express themselves freely and to create, inspire and ___________ (you fill in the blank).

Q: Do you see the world differently as an environmental designer?

A: Yes! I feel like I know way too much. I walk into a space and immediately my brain goes into overdrive. “How can I arrange things to be more aesthetically pleasing and most importantly, efficient? Practical?” I think, “what made them do that?” Whether it was a good or bad move, I put myself in that person’s shoes and go through the steps that led them to that decision. To move forward in design or anything else in life, I feel you need to have a better understanding of WHY and HOW.

Q: What does your day-to-day on the job look like?

A: Just like everyone else’s really… EMAILS! Haha. I like to check out a few of my fav sites that I usually get inspiration from before I start the day. I’m always bookmarking things in my head for that perfect project! I spend quite a bit of time on renderings, creating mood boards and sourcing furniture for current and future projects.

Q: What do you think is the most important stage in the ‘design process?’

A: Meeting the client is important, but understanding their vision is crucial in the design process. If you can’t comprehend what it is that they want, ask questions. Ask as many questions you need to get it right. Otherwise, the whole design could be off.

Q: Do you have any advice for people who want to pursue a career in design? 

A: Have patience and keep yourself inspired. When you lose the fire inside, you’ll find that design is forced and not from the heart.

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