“LIVE COMPETITION BRIEF”

Brief; The 2014 IIDA SDC invited you to evolve the concept of the open office to offer employees’ a workplace that encourages health, well-being, collaboration and productivity.
To take into consideration, 30 members of staff spread through 6 departments and you need to include the 8 rooms listed online. The development is a 10,000 square foot office space.

INITIAL IDEA

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With this first initial design I wanted to experiment with different shape levels within the floor layout. These included a ground floor shed and roof too terrance garden. I thought that the roof top was a good idea as it could help the employees to relax a little more with some fresh air to de-stress.

FIDST ROOF TOP DESIGNS

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My design of the right is my favourite. It allows employees more opportunity to roam without a specific pathway. I have used brown in all of the designs I show optional vegetable patches with blue for a shallow pond too. With these designs they then inspired me for my next, scale drawings, to include stepping stones showing a path but still allowing freedom to walk off it.

FINAL FLOOR PLANS

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After completing my floor plan designs I then created all the walls and flooring base for my ground floor level. Once I had created all the walls to scale on Vectorworks I added in squared and rectangles of where I wanted the windows and doors to be.

FINAL 1:50 SCALE MODEL

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> I am really please with this final piece. I enjoyed working digitally and them creating a 3D final piece. Watching my model come to life excited me and has encouraged me to continue onto a degree in Interior Design and Architecture.
Although I enjoyed creating this piece if I was to repeat with further floors I would want to experiment with different glues to enhance the clean slick look of my model. I found that PVA took too long to dry and hot glue was too quick. When the hot glue dried too quick it also meant that the walls did not sit as close to the floor base as possible.
Since completing this model I have decided to create the next 2 levels and roof top terrace to make the full building I designed. I think this would be a good idea for the future when I need to display or show evidence of my work.

> (peer crit) It’s really good, I like how there is quite an open space between the three rooms to the left of the corridor. I also love the big windows! An area to improve on would be to add something to make it stand out from a normal layout, you could make the rooms on the left of the corridor bigger and change the long middle window- I don’t get it. Informed isn’t a window but a fish tank. Overall a well built mock up.

“LIGHTING”

Brief; Designers are usually asked to be creative and resourceful while embracing limitations; these could be due to the client, money or materials. Explore the ‘potentials of light’. You should consider surface finish and how this may affect the ‘quality of light produced’. The aim is to design a wall, pendant, table or floor lamp using a mains power light assembly.

FIRST DESIGN AND MAKE

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> I chose to create a prototype out of 8mm cardboard layered together to create about a 1 inch base. I used 4 layers of card. During making my light I came across many challenges, all be it simple. I managed to work out a way to make sure that all the wires were hidden making the finish of the light more clean and pristine. This also ensured it passed the PAT test.

REDESIGNING

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Over Christmas I had a think about my light and decided to redesign it. The first design I had showed the whole bulb and it glared out a little too much compared to what I was hoping for. Maybe I could have resolved this with a frosted bulb but I think then it wouldn’t give enough light.

FINAL LIGHT

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> (peer crit) What do you imaging the actual lighting product being made out of? Probably a form of acrylic, maybe a colour to add a glow to the room, different shades of one colour graduating up the lamp shade. How would you make it? I’d probably create the frame on Vectorworks since becoming familiar with it through the chair project. I’d make 80cm x 2.5cm strips to then attempt to bend the acrylic by heating at 40cm points. Could you use a different base as it is thick and currently out of a different thickness of card? Yes. I was restricted with the base due to my first design and because I didn’t have access to any more cardboard over Christmas. Although this was a restriction I do like that the base is thick, i managed to hide the light fittings creating a cleaner look. Could you play with the height of the external frame? Yeah, again I was restricted with the amount of card I had at home. I would ideally have it about 1.5 times the height (9 layers). I guess I could look at making it a floor to ceiling side/ ambient room lamp. It’d look nice but i’d have to choose a different light bulb, one in the shape of a tube only needing to be attached at one end. Could you let the frame be freely rotating to allow the owner to add or remove light depending on the task in hand? That’s a good idea, I hadn’t thought about that as I found it hard to find a solution myself to keep them stable. I like the way the wire is integrated into the base and this is definitely something that should be carried into the final make if you do one.

“SHEET SEAT”

Brief; design, purpose and function. Create a chair, stable enough to hold a class member, out of the 10 sheet of cardboard provided. 

How can you engineer cardboard? Look at the structure of chairs, the degree to sit the back in conjunction with the base. Is it solid? Can it support itself and a person? Look at body positions, weight, distribution and placement.

INITIAL 1:10 SCALE MODEL

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This is an image of my 1:10 scale model of a chair. This is a simple design but includes a stable high back and deep enough seat to ensure enough room to sit cross legged.

After all creating initial designs and mini models we were put into groups to collaborate ideas. Our group managed to combine 3 out of 4 of our designs keeping with a high back and wide seat area.

FINAL CHAIR (full size)

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I think that the reason our chair was as successful as it was, strong enough to hold 2 class members, is because of the structural forms of the base seat section. As we did not use all sheets of cardboard we were able to reinforce the base more than we had planned and also doubled up the main seat section and back panels. 

> (peer crit) The cross hatching inside the chair cheese slices make the seat really sturdy and I’d sit on in in full trust. I like the different type design, the high back resembles a dining table and the large seat a bean bag. Maybe the sides could use with some reinforcing from the inside but other than that the design is solid. 

Something to think about; Is the chair too big for a house? could it be a garden chair made out of a different material? Wood, plastic- only then weight could become an issue.

“CHANGE”

Brief; With the starting point of change’ use your own ideas to create one 2D and one 3D initial ideas. Then expand and experiment creating one or more 2D or 3D final pieces showing change

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INITIAL FLOWER

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DEVELOPMENT

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FINAL COMPOSITION

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> Above is how I would lay out my final composition if I were to display 3D. For a 2D display I have and series of 3 images with the stalk on each flower. If we would have had more time I would have made sure I had 3 stalks for the flowers to be able to display 3D better and take an all in one 2D photograph.

“COUNTER CRISIS”

Brief; Creative design. Design a 3D prototype helping or improving a crisis. Think about scale, social, physical, mental, comedy, creative, culture, political, artists and conflicts. 

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Crisis notes; eating soup, it always falls off the spoon, it’s messy and inconvenient. Could add a lip, finger marks to grip. Thinking about the size of the scoop, thickness and length of the handle.

PROTOTYPE

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> (peer crit) Original; could have a simular thing for a cup of coffee, can’t stand when soup falls off the spoon. The thickness of the spoon in great for people with big hands, not having to clench the fist all the way up resulting in cramp. Also ideal for young children and the elderly people who are a bit shakey. Could use more of a curve around the scoop part of the spoon, and make the actual scoop bigger, rounder, like a soup spoon. 

MAKING PROCESS

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SECOND PROTOTYPE SPOON

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> I am pleased with my spoon design above. I made sure that the handle was moulded to my hand, so the ridges were in the correct place. I think that the scoop part of the spoon may be a bit big and need some more experiments but am overall happy with it. It’s kind of a mini bowl. If I had more time and a product manufacture I would make the spoon out of plastic (for the handle) and then metal for the scoop. 

“SYSTEMS”

Brief; We encounter systems and routines everyday. Some of these are rarely aware of, some are essential, some are frustrating. After choosing a system, creating 3 typographic ideas and 3 collages relating to your system, create at least 2 final A3 posters to explain and portray your choice. 

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After recieving feedback I realised that my posters do not work unless they are all together in a quadrilogy; it makes them flow better and more easily understandable. This could be seen as a negative however I think that they would be displayed side by side as they are showing a system followed by a question about what you would have just done yourself. I think this project was very successful; maybe because this is one of my strongest projects as I was working with something I know, Photoshop, and working with something I enjoy, collage. 

 

“MACRO- EVOLUTIONARY”

Brief; A devising, sudden and irreversible environmental disaster has taken place affecting the whole world. Create a body adornment to help adapt or protect all humans. IMG_5279.JPG

Synopsis; It’s 500 years from now,, technology has majorly advanced; not enough to take over but enough that humans are now obsessed. Every image, every thought and every action is uploaded for all to see. Privacy is a think of the past. The only way to protect yourself and your identity is to hide. The life is lonely and isolated, but there is no choice, everything is electronic and automatic.

‘Body Adornment’

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> I think that my idea for this project was good. I may not have executed the final piece as well as I could have. If I’d have had more than a week to complete this project I would have thought more about how I could construct the cage around it, making it less visible and making the pixels more obvious. 

“MORPHING IN ANIMATION”

Brief; Draw an item onto an A4 sheet of paper, give it to your neighbor and trace the one your given. Once you’ve done this, work on morphing the two images. Start at the mid point, working through more and more images in between the ones you’ve already done. 

The ‘Inbetweening’ Technique; A process of creating transitional frames between 2 separate objects in order to show an appearance of movement and evolution. This technique helps to make a fluid motion through the illustration.

Eg.

< INSERT IMAGE OF INBETWEENS >

“Watch your lips” – please find the link below to a rough copy of my animation on my Vine.

https://vine.co/v/OWu9Dl9FPzj

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MOVING IMAGE AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Brief; Create a short narrative based on the given theme ‘journey’. Include a sense of events in about 12 images: think about shots that may not be necessary and use a variety of different angles.   IMG_4518.JPG Final Storyboard Idea and Narrative; A set of 14 images. A girl is walking to class, pops into the bathroom and does has hair/ make up, feels like she is looking great. She walks past two boys, they look like they are checking her out but actually are laughing. As she goes to the class room, everyone looks down and start laughing and pointing at her, she looks down and sees that she has a train of toilet roll stuck to her shoe.

‘Toilet Tragedy’ 

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> I have mixed emotions about this project. Some of the images weren’t as accurate as we’d have hoped for and the flash in some images made them stand out from the others resulting in them having to be cut from the sequence. 

“FACT TO FICTION”

Brief; To create a 2D or 3D fictional place, using your summer projects as the initial inspiration. Record an event or development happening in this fictional place. You can do this using a photographic storyboard, computer animation, live presentation or film etc.

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Final Outcome Idea; a group of images we decided best represented our 3D outcome before our event along with a short, stop motion, animation show the time of day changing.

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> I think that this project was a success. The use of the light moving over the 3D fantasy town model, as if to be a sun, showed clearly time passing without us having to move any of the buildings and forestry that we created.