I was really looking forward to commencing this module as it has direct relevance to Product Design and therefore, I knew it would help build upon my skill and knowledge in this sector especially having previously self criticised some of my skills in terms of CAD and rendering.
I learned that Industrial design is actually the part in which your designs and sketches flourish, not taking too much detail into consideration or getting too precious over designs – simply being as creative as possible in line with a given brief/theme. Initially I thought industrial design was large scale design often lacking detail and concentrated more on manufacturing methods – I couldn’t have been more wrong and this has made me look forward to the course even more as even in the first session, I discovered that Industrial Design is the exact part of the process that I really enjoy and feel passionate for.
The first session was fairly fast paced with both the introduction and revision of the history of design movements and their relevance to the products that were being designed and produced at the time. I developed an understanding of the fact that every design movement, work of art and creative structure is designed to make you feel a certain way. However, that people can have different feelings and responses depending on different influencing factors for example their religion, environment, education etc. These factors have an influence upon peoples perceptions on everything they encounter in day to day life thus including products.
I was pleased to discover that the first movement for concentration would be streamlining having touched upon its history as a movement in constellation last year, I had a good basic knowledge and understanding. Streamlining as a style also fits in nicely with my personal style so I’m looking forward into delving deeper into the movement and beginning to design in this way.
I also learned some new design methodology and terminology within this session for example CMF (Colour Material Finish) and FAM (Form Alignment Methodology). Both things I am now able to understand and therefor apply in my design process. Having been split into groups, we began piecing together a presentation including everything we’d discovered and applying all new methodologies to create a small streamlining portfolio as research and inspiration before moving into the ideation stages.
I chose to focus on a hair dryer as a product for this project as its a day to day object that tends to have quite a universal design and therefore, will hopefully enable me to create some quirky and interesting concepts as we move through the weeks. I really enjoyed going away and concentrating on creating quite rapid sketches of hairdryers in a streamlining style having refreshed my skills and memory in the field of sketching and ideation during Joe’s workshop. I can tell that I’m going to really enjoy this module and hope that I can see great development in my skills as a rounded product designer by the end.
Moving into Thursdays session, we met back as a group to share our ideas. We used different methods to evaluate our top ideas in order to come to a final idea each to use to move forward into development. Having noticed at the beginning of the week that some of my group lacked motivation to get involved as a group, I did my best today to encourage every member to share and discuss their ideas as well as giving constructive criticism and comparing designs to our FAM.
One skill I lack confidence in is rendering so I was really interested in Joe’s second tutorial and took as many tips as I could. Although still not fantastic, I’ve began practicing my rendering skills again in order to build upon and better them as I haven’t put a render pen to paper in a while. I loved seeing the possibilities a of a sketching tablet and was really impressed seeing some of the achievable outcomes in sketching and rendering when using a tablet. I was very envious and hope to get myself one soon in order to put my new knowledge in this to practice in hope of being able to better present my designs. However, despite this I have learned and understood that high quality renders can be achieved in other ways too for example by using illustrator and photoshop or even by hand when applying the correct skills (as well as practice). I now know that depending on the product you’re designing or what you’re trying to communicate, some methods can be more effective that others. I have began developing my designs ready to present a final design to the rest of the group on Tuesday.