We are as proud of our design process as we are of our final playground installations. Design professionals are intimately familiar with hand sketches, where trace paper and sketchbooks are essential precursors to 3D models. Papering our office walls are hand sketches of wild abstractions, majestic towers, and animated critters of all shapes and sizes.
We rely on hand sketching for early communication because pencil work is quick, collaborative, and captures the magic of imagination that can be so elusive in digital mediums. Sharing those roughed in ideas signals our openness to bringing the client into our creative journey from the very beginning. Design illustrations help us chart the way as we fine-tune concepts through digital models, scrutinize for safety and accessibility, and ruggedly engineer. Always though, our first intuitive lines will still read when the play equipment is crafted and brought to life.
Our designs are meant to communicate the playfulness, whimsical nature, the fantasy of the micro-reality of the playgrounds that are meant to wow children once installed in their neighbourhoods. The pencil drawings and doodles may follow the same discovery path in a city park that a toddler will one day run through… they show the watchful face of an owl whose big yellow eyes will meet the childrens’… or highlight the feathers of a bird which will, with time, translate into the cladding and climbing grips on a fantastical sculpture.
Our playgrounds, we believe, will amaze the kids if, at the very birth of its idea, its sketch communicates wonder and play.