Conventional design processes in client-consultant relationships involve a back and forth exchange where experts are expected to leverage their specialized knowledge in an obscured way and present summarized conclusions. This asymmetric knowledge relationship is a lost opportunity for greater understanding in the design process, as the specialist works with a limited set of assumptions provided while the decision-maker accepts a summary of results that may not tell the whole story.We will present Thread and Asterisk, two applications developed this past year, and discuss how each approaches the knowledge asymmetry problem via workflow and rapid-feedback interface design tailored to different user roles. Thread empowers users to navigate large data and tell a story, evolving beyond simple filtering to curate a design process. Asterisk focuses on rapid, early feedback to expand the decision space and show a window into the structural engineer’s process. Both integrate user expectations of instant feedback to encourage collective ownership of decisions and playful experimentation as a path to more educated dialogue throughout an iterative design process.