Research

VISUAL RESEARCH : Function

For my Digital Skills module, I will be designing a Sit+ Store furniture item to be used at home or in a work place. Before actually designing , it is important to collect ideas in the form of visual material to assist with design development.

Before thinking about aesthetics of a product it is important to consider the functional aspects and requirements. I absolutely love reading and thought it would be a great idea to create a furniture item which stores books and magazines while also being a comfortable seating area.

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Anthropomentry figures
Dancmacleod, (2006), Anthropometry Figures [ONLINE]. Available at: http://danmacleod.com/Books/Sample%20Pages/Rules06.htm [Accessed 5 March 2017]

It is important to understand the ergonomic dimensions for seating purposes to create a successful and comfortable seating area.

As well as seating, the furniture will also accommodate items and so reaching to them should also be easy while avoiding and funny and awkward body postures.

Dimensions of the hand and feet also come in very handy while designing a furniture unit which involves contact with them.

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Image Resource: Pinterest, (2005), Human Dimensions in Space [ONLINE]. Available at: https://www.pinterest.com/nkdt/human-dimensions-in-space/ [Accessed 5 March 2017]

It is crucial to get the functional needs of furniture sorted out while designing. Looking at human dimensions in space can give an idea of how the human body moves and interacts with things around it. This needs to be a natural experience without requiring much effort by the user. The function of the furniture should almost be over looked by the user as it is a basic need.

Once the designed furniture is comfortable for a person’s long time use, then we move onto making it visually appealing as well. A few factors  can help achieve that such as colour, material and form

 

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