Landscape of a rocky desert butte in the foreground and snow-capped mountain peaks in the background

Design Philosophy

My design philosophy was inspired by the writing of Edward Abbey, an author and lover of the desert landscape. He once wrote:

“There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation.”

He understood that too much of one thing can throw off the balance of the entire ecosystem, and that nothing in the desert landscape is superfluous. Each element relies on the other for survival, and if one thing is removed, it can throw the whole place into chaos. Put succinctly:

Simplicity brings efficiency and ease of understanding

In design, this concept encourages me to create a virtual ecosystem of sorts, a place where each element relies on the others in a way that creates ease of use and joy for the user. In doing so, I’ll pursue the perfect balance between efficiency and delight. I’ll strive to understand exactly how each part contributes to the whole, ensuring no space is wasted and no element is extraneous.