Design Plans – Yay or Nay?

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Friends, I’m a design plan advocate. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, a design plan will help you identify future problems allowing you to solve them so that the entire project doesn’t hit the skids.

It’s important to remember that a design plan isn’t set in stone; you can change it along the way when you change your mind or come across a problem that you hadn’t anticipated earlier. A design plan in colour can help you decide whether or not the colours are balanced well – by the time you’ve iced your cookies and realise that it’s not working, you’ve wasted a lot of time and cookies. If you are time poor and have to rebake, you’ve put yourself in a sticky situation that could have been avoided.

Another reason I like design plans is because when I was studying at uni, some of the teacher education subjects like Art or Design and Technology rely on design plans to achieve an outcome. When I write essays or other formal writing, I always plan it in both structure and content, so it makes sense for me to make a design plan of a cookie. They are incredibly useful tools.

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My design plan for this 30th birthday 3D woodlands structure was done in two parts. As you can see by the very elementary drawing that I am not a artist by any means! And that’s OK! You don’t need to be a fabulous drawer to make a design plan; it can be a very simple tool to help organise your thoughts. I wasn’t sure about how I was going to arrange the toadstool/mushrooms, so I left that open. I also baked a few more of them so I had choices about how many would look good, when I came to the construction stage.

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I had seen the De Koekenbakker’s contribution to The Twelve Days of Christmas, project and loved the trees on the number ‘4’ and wanted to make something like it but in another season.

This project can be found on SweetSugarbelle’s website; it’s from 2012.

In my design plan, you can see that I have sketched out two slightly different zero’s. The first tree trunk was a little too thick for my liking, so I did another and decided on the thinner trunk. If i hadn’t had the design plan to guide me, I would have been stuck with that first thicker tree trunk that I didn’t really like…I wouldn’t have known that I didn’t like it until I had created it in royal icing and it’s too late by then. I’m stuck with what I’ve done unless I have baked and flood iced extra ‘zero’ cookies. I only baked one extra set of numbers in case of breakage and for icing practice. As you can see on the ‘3’ and the second ‘0’ I was testing out red flowers and yellow flowers. By the time I got to adding the flowers to the cookies, I still hadn’t decided. So I tested out the yellow flowers on my spare cookie and didn’t like it at all and went ahead with the red flowers.

I changed my mind a few times through the process. One of those changes was changing the bunny’s waistcoat from blue to red with flooded white spots. I had extra bunny cookies that I made for another project. I made the initial blue waistcoat but wasn’t sure about it. This project was for a friend of Miss23’s, with whom I am not acquaint. Miss23 plays on the same football team as her friend; she is also a Lesbian who doesn’t dress feminine, so I didn’t want to make a girly gendered bunny to represent her. Instead, I chose the blue waistcoat. After some thought, I decided that I didn’t want to be so predictable and moved away from blue and pink for the clothing except for the pink bow.

Friends, do you create a design plan before you start a project? No matter what the project, whether it be a sewing project or a cookie project, I always draw a design plan – the complexity will differ with each project. Some of my design plans are quite simple and others are more complex?

Let me know how you go about your projects? Do you design plan or not?

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