My design process always begins by reading the script of the play or project. I try to read it at least twice before I start dreaming about what it could look like. Once, to just know the play and then again to break it up into scenes, characters and what the play is saying it needs - because the play always has hints in it about what it needs.
I’m a very visual person, so I like to find as many inspiration images as I can based on what popped into my head while I was reading. I find that sometimes just following the idea will lead you to find new inspiration and then the idea can grow.
And then of course, I start talking to the Director about the vision they have for the work. That way we can share any ideas we both might have had and blend them or come up with new ideas together!