The Design process
Projects are planned out in stages, with different Associates contributing and each project being led by Vicki Thomas or an Associate.
Usually a project is planned out with fees, expenses and rights clearly agreed for each stage,
Initial ideas or inspiration is generated by research, listening to the client and the understanding of the end user’s needs and aspirations.
We interpret our findings and create a detailed brief and plan of work ready to discuss with the client. We may present initial visuals.
After feedback, any proposed designs or solutions are reworked and developed. Then mocked up and tested. They are reviewed again and amended.
Once the design is agreed the artwork is prepared for production and delivered. Manufacturing samples are reviewed, and further developments recommended.
At Vicki Thomas Associates design boundaries are crossed. We adapt our surface patterns and illustrations with an understanding of how the design will be reproduced on different materials and shapes. Technology has changed considerably in thirty years and we are always learning how to adapt design to new processes.
Textiles – the team has expertise in design for fashion, children’s clothing, kitchen textiles, cosmetic purses, scarves, as well as furnishing fabric from cushion covers to carpets.
Ceramics – the team has expertise in design for fashion, children’s clothing, kitchen textiles, cosmetic purses, scarves, as well as furnishing fabric form cushion covers to carpets.
Metalwork – We have worked with firms like Viners with Children’s cutlery but also designed for pewter Christening gifts for Royal Selangor. Precious metals are always important especially for jewellery items
Graphics – presentation and reusable packaging has always been a popular inquiry. From sourcing existing containers for The Sweet Packaging to a toiletry ranges for the RSPB.
Wood – one of our first client asked us to represent their wooden massage and exercise equipment. We have designed wooden toys and puzzles including a zoetrope. We have been designed point of sale furniture, cabinets and seats.
Plastics – usually require large production runs and expensive initial tooling. But with new 3-D printing techniques, we expect more short run bespoke products to be commissioned.
We are very aware of sustainability issues and these are key to many of our clients. As ethical manufacturing and environmental concerns grown in importance, these changes have also been reflected in our work.
if you want to know more about these projects or think we can help with a design brief please contact us.