Just a sample of some of the questions I ask myself while working on a project.
Does it have purpose?
What does it make you feel?
Is it risky?
Is it beautiful?
Does it flow with the other elements?
Is it functional?
Is this element both beautiful and functional?
Does it look like something I’ve seen somewhere else?
Is there a structural entity that could be more attractive?
Does this need to be here?
Does it need more structure to withstand time and wear?
Is the wearable/comfortable?
Could someone wear this every day? Or is it an occasional wear item?
Where would the wearer wear this?
How does this interact with the wearer?
Does it move?
Could it move?
Should it move?
How should/could it move?
What are the stones? Are they especially fragile?
What kind of hazards would this likely come into contact with? Is there anything to be done design wise that would better protect it?
What color metal looks best with the stone?
What color metal looks best with the design?
Would this design work for other stones?
Would this design work for other shapes? How?
Does this stone have any special issues I should try to compensate for or enhance?
Is this idea too fantastical?
Is this idea too boring?
Is this idea classic?
Will it stand the test of time? Or is it trendy?
What kind of surprise elements can I add that the average observer wouldn’t notice, but would make the piece special, and still keep with the feeling of the piece as a whole?