Freehand Drawing, Technical Drawing and Materials and Processes Quiz

During February-April we had alternate sessions with Freehand drawing with Kat and Technical drawing with Richard.  The freehand drawing was in the perspectives of design.  The assessment was to produce a drawing of my lamp and a figure I only just passed this part of the module, I feel I could have done better myself, but I have found it a very difficult part to be very honest.

A quiz for this module also took place for materials and processes, of which we had lectures for these.

I have handed in my Technical Drawing assignment from which we had the four sessions with Richard, I must say whilst I had found it interesting, I did find drawing a toaster to scale to be something of a challenge.  Then again, I wasn’t really much fond of my 3D rendered drawing of it.  The drawing wasn’t the problem per-se, it was more towards using Photoshop to render it – something of which I have never done before.

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D1.3 Luminaire

For this studio project, my outcome was to make a working lamp.  For this I have to consider the market I am aiming for on this – of which I have chosen a modern home, and young couples/families, something that stands out and possibly a centre-piece.  To do this, I researched other lamps on the market that fit the criteria and at the same time, I researched my chosen designer, who is mentioned further down this blog post.

My chosen designer for this project is Frank Gehry, who is a famous Architect famous for such buildings as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dancing House in Prague (originally called Fred and Ginger) and the Loyola Law School in California.  But he is not just an Architect, he has also dabbled in and out of furniture design and has made a range such as the Easy Edges range in the early 1970’s, which is made out of corrugated cardboard.

From left to right: the Wiggle Chair, which is part of the Easy edges range, made form corrugated cardboard.  Two Bentwood Chairs from the Bentwood Furniture Range, made from steam-bent wood.  Below: The Dancing House in Prague

Since looking at the work of Frank Gehry, I have ended up using one of his designs – The Dancing House – as an inspiration, as I realised there was potential to produce a lamp out of the design from the glass structure.  Once this decision was made, I started to look at what materials would be best suited for the lamp and how the structure would be done.  To do this, I started experimenting with different materials and how they could be applied.

Since the structure of The Dancing House is made up of metal rods that are twisted to produce its unique design, my initial method would have been to make a rounded base out of wood or MDF and to drill some small holes around a base and slot the rods into place then twist the rods and braze them onto a metal ring at the top.

I decided to put this idea into practice using some metal rods and a foam base – the rods would pierce partially into the base and I would see how the structure would hold, however, I found that with only about one or tow rods in place, the structure would fall over owing to the frame being tall, I had also thought about drilling some small holes into the side of the base and hold the ends of the metal rods at the bottom with some clips, however this be time consuming to produce and I had little time to make it, the other problem was accessing the light, as the structure was to be in a twisted shape, it could pose a problem for accessibility for changing the light bulb.

I then realised that the best method would be to make a metal ring by making the base – which would be tapered – then using that produce a metal ring by using a metal rod to go round it, I would then make a smaller metal ring for the top and braze the twisted metal rods to both ends, this would mean the bottom ring – which is wider than the top – could slot onto the base and when the light bulb would need replacing, the structure can be removed and slotted back onto the base.

This is the final outcome of the lamp both on and off

For this project, my mark was 50%, so this means I have passed this module.  However, I think I could have done better to be honest, I have found that my research didn’t meet the criteria, I am also aware that there was little evidence for the ideation and I think that, I have had more time, I would have been able to have done better for my research and produces more drawings etc. for my ideation.  With these weaknesses in mind, I now know where I need to improve on for future modules.

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Since my first lecture, way back in October 2010, I have noticed that Harrogate has a lot of this in architecture, not least because of such a large amount of buildings that were built during the Victorian era, but it is also reflected in more modern buildings.  For example, the Victoria Shopping Centre (1992) makes good use of this with it’s stone facing, and, if you notice, the columns are of Doric and Ionic types:

The place does blend in with surrounding buildings of the Victorian era, as you can see from these photographs I took.

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D1.7 Desktop Publishing

With me going part-time for a bit, some of this project was deferred. However, I managed to hand in my DTP work. This was showing my basic skills of using Photoshop and InDesign. I produced 3 pages, showing both skills (for Photoshop and Illustrator) in an InDesign document.  For this, I have chosen to write some text about a College trip to Barnsley which took place in 2009 and was about the history of album cover designs and how they have developed since.  The pictures have been edited in Photoshop, using the crop tools, de-saturating the colour, magic wand tool etc.  Below, you will see some of the evidence showing my skills for Desktop Publishing on both Photoshop and InDesign.

To start with, I uploaded some of the images onto Photoshop.  For example, this photograph of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon cover has potential to be edited as the reflection of the lights can be removed, for this I used the clone stamp tool

As you can see, I would use the clone stamp to remove any light reflection you can see on this picture and many others, if there is any.  I made sure that the area to clone was in a similar shade to make to the area surrounding the lights so it could blend in.

I would then use the crop tool to remove any parts of the picture I felt was unnecessary.

This is the final result of the example of my Photoshop skills.  I will now show the some of the skills used in InDesign

To make the pages in InDesign, I loaded up a new document for three separate pages, the graphics on them were done in the style of Icon Magazine.

Above is the basic layout of the pages.  From there I started to insert the text, pictures and graphics to make it more like a magazine page.  To start with I started to produce text boxes and place my text into them:

Once this was done, I would then place the pictures to the corresponding text:

Once I got the text and pictures into place I then started to put in the graphics:

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D1.5 Concepts in Design History

For this module, my quiz result was 86%.  I was impressed with that, as I needed 70% to pass.   I was in the process of writing the essay for this module at the time I finished the quiz (6th dec ’10) and had chosen my design movement.  I have decided to choose Modernism as I have some good knowledge on it and have an interest in architecture.  I was to write about how peoples perceptions on Park Hill Flats have changed, from when they were first opened in the early 1960’s to the 1980’s, when places like this would be critisised.   My mark for the essay was 70%!  Overall, on this module I got 78%, which is a first!  I may have found a strong point so far, but I am wiling to keep my options open.

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