Thanks Aia! Those are great. Some very interesting designs! I look forward to seeing the rest, though I hope you don't share the final tricks you used at nationals
Several of my designs are in the gallery as well. I show my upside-down suspension design, as well as the components of the nationals bridge.
As far as new ideas - I've been interested recently in trying some radical changes. Mostly, I've worked with A-style designs, and those have worked well, but I want to experiment with branching off. I am interested in trying something like the bridge BalsaMan posted, with a full horizontal compression at the top, or something like the Troy nationals design, though I still can't quite figure out how they got that to work loading on tension. Also, I want to try building my own I-beams for compressions - I don't like straight laminations, but I think that kind be interesting. I'm thinking of sandwiching a 1/16th square piece between two pieces of 1/8 by 1/16 with the square piece centered on the others, so it creates that kind of "I" shape. Another thought - I've never been convinced that the main tension of the bridge can be held by horizontal pieces (as in the Indiana B Nationals winner design), and I like having the legs closer to vertical, though I might try it anyways.
New season - so many options and opportunities!