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    • Go for a walk. Sit in a sidewalk cafe watching people go by. Do serious research. Travel (or just get out of the city). Talk to client extensively.

    • Stefan Sagmeister

    • Read, think, draw, look at stuff, talk about it, try it out, refine, reject.

    • Christoph Walz

    • A mixture of research, intuition and trying out things. Motto: One step forward, two steps back and so on.

    • Frank Philippin

    • Researching, analysing, discussing and weighing the parameters of the project and also during the actual design work itself – I guess you could call it informed play.

    • Paulus M. Dreibholz

    • Mainly from what’s there. But some ideas need even more.

    • Robert Lzicar

    • When I work with musicians I listen to their music, when I design stuff for motion pictures I watch the film. Everything I do is deeply influenced by the product itself, my work comes from that and then it is very easy.

    • Christian Pitschl

    • We develop our ideas together. We are two people with different opinions and points of view – this is an important aspect in developing our ideas.

    • Michael Mischler

    • To get a clear view on the topic I usually sort any information I get into one of three simple categories. Then I try to verbalize the problem as detailed as possible. On that basis I start to design.

    • Sebastian Klebe

    • Thinking, starting, dismiss, beginning again, thinking, speak with other graphic designers.

    • Nicole Schwarz

    • Usually I begin with a series of really rough doodles on paper. I decide on a few directions to pursue and then go digital. Working in Indesign or illustrator, I create a first round of sketches to show a client.

    • Mary Voorhees Meehan

    • I like to start trying understand the problem and discuss about that. After that its a process of experimentations and analyse for a possible solution for the problem.

    • Guilherme Vieira

    • Read the briefing. Try to understand. Read the briefing again. Drink a coffee. Read the briefing again. Do some moods, and try to think further than needed.

    • Pascal Fedorec

    • While taking a walk, cooking, during conversations with people which surround me.

    • Nina Magdalena Hug

    • Talking with the colleagues in the office. Helpful: tee, coffee and sketch book. Or, later: wine and cigarettes.

    • Andreas Uebele

    • Deeply understanding the problem, making a lot of research, writing down some first ideas, relaxing, looking at the first ideas and evolving them, show to trustful friends, changing again.

    • Giovani Castelucci

    • Conceptual thinking and analysis of an assignment. Typological research: looking at other books, mostly. Sketching.

    • Joost Grootens

    • Read, run, cook, talk, walk, laugh, share, make, remake, publish, change, talk.

    • Daniel Eatock

    • This depends on the project, but I love to sit together with my team to brainstorm and to start conversations.

    • Christina John

    • Sketch, think, smoke, looking in to the wall, listening to loud music.

    • Stepan Prokop

    • Realize the need of the client. if you really understand a problem, solutions come intuitively.

    • Marvin Klee

    • Before I start, I want to know the “essence” of the project. That’s usually a lot of thinking about the briefing, talking to the client, research, etc. After that the design is usually done quite easily.

    • Marcus Kraft

    • Read, think, try, think, read, think, try – to be looped in shuffled order.

    • Ronald Fueglister

    • Analysing, research, scribbling on paper, digital scribbles, presentation and further improvement.

    • Jörg Bruppacher

    • Pen, paper, cup of tea. Short brainstorm-session with someone.

    • Linde Böhm

    • Research, discussions with my studio partners, collecting moods, try outs and read the briefing intently.

    • Julian Zimmermann

    • With my colleagues and partners by talking a lot and drawing sketches.

    • Alfonso Demetz

    • A long period of thinking and research. Sometimes I sketch ideas on paper. Normally, when the idea rises up, I work on the PC directly.

    • Mimmo Manes

    • Think. Research. Rethink. Sketch. Discuss with the team. Rethink. Select.

    • Erwin K. Bauer

    • As a group, sharing multiple ideas and talking them through, OR on walks, in dreams.

    • Ryan Waller

    • We develop our ideas together. We are two people with different opinions and points of view – this is an important aspect in developing our ideas.

    • Niklaus Thoenen

    • By trying, by discussing, by putting inspiration up on the wall.

    • Dirk Heider

    • I speak to client. I think about what they actually need. I think about how I can design probably while doing something else. I start doing.

    • Craig Sinnamon

    • They get their ideas from their surrounding, from family, friends, adverts, internet, books and from their improved thinking about a thing.

    • Barbara Kofler

    • They first talk to the client about their ideas, then do research about the audience and the field. Then do some brainstorming (alone or in groups), start writing or drawing and designing.

    • Ruth Wieser

    • Designers have a concept in their head which they change many times to get the best solution.

    • Sabine Psaier

    • Research, inspiration, checking practicability, checking back with the client.

    • Nico Keller

    • Staring at their computer, sketching on paper with special pencils.

    • Patrick Seelaus

    • Mind maps, inspiration by walking, discussions in a team, reading, watching, trying and testing (includes presentation).

    • Silvia Zieger

    • They think twice, garner ideas, speak with people, make a plan (sometimes), collect materials and start.

    • Helmut Fluck

    • Read magazines, observe the environment, inspiration by music, nature, colours – everything around them.

    • Doris Wisthaler

    • Brainstorm session and inspiration from architecture, books, internet, photgraphy etc.

    • Lars van Susteren

    • Doing research and combine that with the organisation they work for. Trail and Error.

    • Sabrina Drosten

    • I don’t know. It depends on the designer, some of them do simply always have ideas, some have to create a new concept by hard work.

    • Michael Graff

    • Not a clue. It will remain an eternal mystery to me.

    • Luca Baldini

    • They work constantly on the projects: reading, writing, drawing – they manage the format.

    • Nina Maccariello

    • Looking at preexistent concepts, visual art from all periods of history, established ideas in the field of aesthetics.

    • Tim Jäger

    • Inspiration through environment, media, family, friends, colleagues.

    • Lisa Psaier

    • Gathering ideas through brainstormings, reading literature for designers, internet surfing.

    • Elmar Heidenberger

    • Process: research, talk with others, sketching, talk with others, refine, talk with others, refine and complete.

    • Annelies Furtschegger

    • Through other projects as reference, research about the product, object, the company, the client as person.

    • Martin Fischnaller

    • Brainstorming, talking about their ideas together in groups, searching the Internet, traveling and visiting new and inspiring places.

    • Hanspeter Augschöll

    • First by research and idea gathering, refining the ideas in their head and then finally the designing.

    • Stefan Profanter

    • Mainly trough research (about the company, the new product, references, etc.).

    • Katharina Kofler

    • They gather ideas from their own large pool of creative thoughts and their experiences, do researches on the internet or in other media, and take their inspiration from other designer’s work.

    • Ariane Löbert

    • Inspiration, research, brainstorming methods, while listening to music, discussions.

    • Claudia Deimel

    • Probably every designer has its own way. In front of the computer, sitting on the toilet, doing sports, drawing and doing sketches, while sleeping?

    • Lena Richter

    • I think they start with a brainstorm. Then research on the topic, collecting pictures and inspiration. Then they start to shape their project.

    • Paul Gruber

    • Inspiration from their environment, from the internet, from colleagues.

    • Manuel Egger

    • By keeping themselves in motion, which means that it might sometimes be better to leave the office and have a run in the park to not get stuck in an idea.

    • Marian Izsak

    • Meeting with the client > research about the theme (internet, books), look for inspiration, gathering ideas for the design > sketching > design the product > presentation > being satisfied.

    • Harald Roalter

    • Firstly they do some research to get inspiration and then they get some crude idea and start improving it step by step.

    • Steven Sillamaa

Alfonso Demetz
Andreas Uebele
Anna Creamer
Bernd Hilpert
Chrissie Muhr
Christian Begusch
Christian Hundertmark
Christian Pitschl
Christina John
Christoph Walz
Cornelius M. Uerlichs
Craig Sinnamon
Daniel Eatock
Dirk Heider
Erik Spiekermann
Erwin K. Bauer
Eva Thiessies
Fabian Köper
Fanette Mellier
Frank Philippin
Fraser Muggeridge
Gerwin Schmidt
Giovani Castelucci
Guilherme Vieira
Holger Jacobs
Jörg Bruppacher
Jörg Hemker
Johannes Bissinger
Joost Grootens
Jürgen Graef
Julian Weidenthaler
Julian Zimmermann
Kate Moross
Leonardo Sonnoli
Linde Böhm
Marcus Kraft
Marvin Klee
Mary Voorhees Meehan
Michael Mischler
Mike Fuisz
Mimmo Manes
Nicolas Bourquin
Nicole Schwarz
Niklaus Thoenen
Nina Magdalena Hug
Pascal Fedorec
Paulus M. Dreibholz
Philipp Putzer
Ralph Burkhardt
Robert Lzicar
Romilly Winter
Ronald Fueglister
Ruediger Quass von Deyen
Ryan Waller
Sebastian Klebe
Stefan Mayer
Stefan Sagmeister
Stefanie Posavec
Stepan Prokop
Tino Graß
Wolfgang Töchterle
Alessandra Vicentini
Annelies Furtschegger
Ariane Löbert
Barbara Kofler
Benjamin Prantner
Bernhard Kasseroler
Christine Ladstätter
Claudia Deimel
Daniel Weger
Doris Wisthaler
Elisabeth Batz
Elmar Heidenberger
Galina Bankova
Hanspeter Augschöll
Harald Roalter
Helmut Fluck
Jakob Oberrauch
Jane Treial
Katharina Kofler
Lars van Susteren
Lena Richter
Leo Noel
Lisa Psaier
Luca Baldini
Manfred Thaler
Manuel Egger
Manuel Lambacher
Marian Izsak
Martin Fischnaller
Michael Graff
Michael Rauter
Nico Keller
Nina Maccariello
Oskar Profanter
Patrick Seelaus
Paul Gruber
Ruth Wieser
Sabine Psaier
Sabrina Drosten
Silvia Zieger
Sophie Zijistra
Stefan Profanter
Steven Sillamaa
Thomas Fischnaller
Tim Jäger