What's your method for a show design?
It really, really, really depends … on the budget, the audience, the timeframe, etc.
Though typically for my own family or friends shows, I like to start slower and smaller and build up, having "events" where I keep the sky busy for a couple or few minutes, then take a moment for the crowd to take that in and give some applause, then starting the next event. I always have a finale that is followed by an encore finale, of which that combined budget is usually the same cost as the entire regular portion of the show (just to give an idea).
Best wishes with your shows and future pyro endeavors!
How long of a pause do you build in? There's a point where it's too long I'm sure... A couple of seconds? 5?
Ithis year I am making an effect with an aluminum extension ladder anchored fully extended with cables. Mine shells down the sides and a zipper cake and candles on the top.