Collaboration is the key to great design. We have open brainstorm sessions where we discuss the issues going on and throw up ideas. You get all this great feedback and you can bring it back and soak it in and determine what the next step is.
We also sit right next to engineering so we can show them a hand drawn design and say, “Okay, this is what we’re thinking,” and then they’ll have design ideas themselves because they’re cooking up in their head how they’re going to develop.
That’s the crux of it all, designers and engineers working together. I’m big on trying to talk it through because otherwise your projects just aren’t as good. The more you collaborate the better it is.