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The Truth in Fabrication, a One Hat One Hand Blog

From time to time we have something interesting to share so we finally got around to making a blog. This blog will contain opinions, ideas, insights, un-checked facts and undoubtedly a few typos. We hope you as equally forgiving of our flaws as you are generous for stopping to read this.

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The Secret Sauce - Managing Fabrication Projects with Marcus Guillard

As a collective, we're excited by new technologies that help us imagine and visualize our work and the tools that help us stay on track, communicate with our clients and deliver beautiful results. What's the 'secret sauce?' Creative Director & Co-Founder Marcus Guillard shares the secrets of One Hat One Hand, a design and fabrication company.

"Having been in business for almost 15 years, one thing we've learned is that exceptional client service leads to tremendous success for us. We emphasize quality design, effective project management, integrated design-build systems, craftsmanship, technology, and meticulous planning and logistics. Every project necessitates a distinct approach. As a design studio, our primary tools are Rhino and parametric modeling through Grasshopper. We also utilize AutoCAD, especially when collaborating with architects and general contractors, employing Revit and Fusion 360 as needed. Our diverse toolkit allows us to tailor our approach for each project, and we're excited about integrating new technologies like Unreal Engine for real-time rendering and AI generators for certain ideation processes. We always strive to stay updated and select the most appropriate tool for the job.

Our team comprises a unique blend of talented professionals, including architects, industrial designers, interior designers, and set and experiential designers. This diverse composition enables us to tackle some of the most challenging fabrication projects that come our way. Our project managers grasp the intricate nature of the projects we undertake. No two projects or clients are alike, but our consistent approach to project management remains unchanged. We've standardized our processes to seamlessly collaborate with our clients, whether they're architects, general contractors, or artists. We rely on industry-standard project management software and furnish high-level Gantt chart details to meticulously track progress throughout each project. Our team firmly believes that excellent client service begins with organization and clear communication.

Our primary focus is on large-scale commercial art fabrication projects, which translates to having a facility spanning over 50,000 square feet. Our designers and project managers work seamlessly with our production team and over 30 fabricators and skilled finishers. This integrated approach is our secret sauce, enabling us to provide a cohesive system that ensures success."

One Hat One Hand is a design and fabrication company specializing in big public art, architectural placemaking, workplace design, product prototyping, experiential design and installation. You might be surprised to learn that we are a General Contractor Licensed in California and offer full-scale design-build and fit-out work. Our team of designers, fabricators, artists, welders & technologists work with artisans, architects, developers & builders to create large-scale placemaking features, art fabrication and specialty installations. One Hat One Hand delivers hyper-creative solutions for anyone looking to build something big, complicated, or never done before.


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