Clearly I am not lacking in inspiration...but, to keep from being spread too thin or being off on a tangent, I do spend time talking with cohorts, and my very small circle of people I entrust to care for my small flames as I examine them openly.
But I found that with my instructors, whom I trust a great deal, they really only want to discuss the inspirations when I have something to show them...that is a new twist on my process. Make something then discuss it...It does make sense, but...well...
I have worked as a software developer, and it was a gift of mine to be able to analyze the problem and draw it out right before my clients. They were usually amazed at how I could visualize the problem and chart/graph/flowchart it out so quickly. And now, I work in a very creative environment, in pre-production, and production, and we spend a lot of time planning and working toward the plan. We usually have to visualize all aspects of the process and the challenges. But then we do have a lot of experience doing what we do. I've been a part of it for 7+ years now, and the people that I work with have been doing it for 15-20 years or more.
In any case, this is great new experience. I am doing what I can to take the lesson to heart. I appreciate this new twist to the process for me...make maquettes, demonstration videos, etc...
I have been doing sketches for life, something that I enjoy when imagining a project (not saying they are good sketches however :), but in 2019, Professor Joseph Daun's had the design class make maquettes of cardboard chairs we would design and build. This seemed like a useful process. So, in keeping with that experience, I can and will apply this approach more often.