As founder of design one, you work quite a bit on special events. What are some of the most common challenges you face as a designer?
Special events are often in raw spaces, and this creates many challenges in needing to bring in a great deal of equipment to be able to transform the space. Clients are always a challenge, in a good way. I like working with those that push us past our comfort fun design-wise. Thinking outside the box is key!
What is the most useful development you've witnessed in technology that's applicable to special event design?
LED fixtures, both 110V and battery-powered, allow the designer to affect great change on a space with ease.
What idea did you have that looked good on paper but not in reality?
We used Coemar color changing cyc lights once to light the ceiling of a tent. I designed the fixtures to be over-hung on the truss, which, although it created great coverage of light, was a significant challenge to rig.
What inspires you in your creative goals?
I am always excited by a challenge. I make it a point to keep up on technology, and I am forever pouring over design magazines.
What piece of gear in production is your workhorse of late?
Color Kinetics ColorBlasts and Vari-Lite VL3500s.