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VISUAL RESEARCH: Colour

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I am thinking of using a neutral colour scheme with a pop of colour to add character to the furniture unit. I think a neutral colour scheme give a classic look and style like no other. These simple colours accentuate the structure and construction of the furniture and highlight the form rather than bringing attention to anything else. This can be achieved more through my stuctural materials while the upholstery could  incorporate accent colour in the furniture.

You can have a look at the possible materials choices to relate more to the colour palette.

The accent colours could include rich, subtle colours that enhance the design but also produce a claming vibe rather than using neon bright hues.

Different colours can give a different vibe and so I must choose a colour relevant to my design.

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These colours provide a more elegant and iconic visual and would be my choice of accent colours if the constuction of my design is more sophisticated and luxurious.

 

However, if the layout and build of my furniture is more modernistic and experimental, I think brighter playful colours would compliment the design and add to the visual impact.

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Image References

  1. GossipKatta, (2017), How To Avoid Making Your Dress Look Like A Cheap [ONLINE]. Available at: http://gossipkatta.com/how-to-avoid-making-your-dress-look-like-a-cheap/ [Accessed 8 March 2017]
  2. Hyundai, (2017), Accent Colours [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.hyundai.co.nz/new-cars/small-cars/accent/exterior/ [Accessed 8 March 2017]
  3. KAMKOR Furniture, (2010), Baja 101 Children Room Set [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.kamkorfurniture.ca/shop/baja-101-children-room-set/ [Accessed 8 March 2017]

 

 

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VISUAL RESEARCH: Materials

I envision a modern and unconventional structure paired with strong and durable materials for my sit+store furniture piece.

I have 2 ideas for the furniture unit. I will either use cherry or maple wood for the main bulk of the structure or if I want more of a flowy and flexible design, I would definitely opt for plastic as it is much easier to manipulate.

Maple can add a light colour to the furniture which provides a clean and crisp look.  A material like wood (especially maple) is known for its immense strength and hardness and can guarantee durability. Plastic on the other side is also extremely robust and has a long shelf life. Apart from that, it is also artificially produced and easily mouldable which could be of great value. My design could go completely two separate ways depending on the material I choose. Where wood will make my furniture look comfortable and welcoming, plastic can seem more interesting, modern and artsy.

If other additional adornment is required in my design, I would definitely use chrome and glass because it can transform any composition to a more glamorous and contemporary look. I think the transparency of glass and reflective nature of chrome gel well together and can create a twist in the final product.

As for furnishing, I want a more comfortable look rather than something luxurious as I intend my furniture piece to be used regularly. I am personally attracted towards microfiber fabrics and cotton/polyester blends. These are durable and extremely soft. Leather might also be an alternative option.

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Image References

  1. Online Design Teacher, (2016), Furniture Materials [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.onlinedesignteacher.com/2016/02/furniture-materials.html [Accessed 8 March 2017]
  2.  Germes Online, (2005), Microfiber Fabrics [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.germes-online.com/catalog/82/86/351/page4/63593/microfiber_fabrics.html [Accessed 8 March 2017]
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VISUAL RESEARCH: Form

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Form of an object is what defines the structural appearance of it. For a piece of furniture to stand out, unique forms can be used.  This is what differentiates an  average piece of furniture from a designer item.

For my particular ideas, I am inspired by flowing continuous pieces as well and edgy and sharp lines. My aim is to create a furniture unit which is captivating and not just comfortable and easy to use, but a piece of artwork to be admired as well. Creating depth can transform a 2D bland design into an appealing and attractive 3D tangible object.

I want my design to be distinctive and these images inspire me to create something which might incorporate curves and fluidity or jagged sharp lines with soft edges.Use of abstract shapes would also be complimentary to this kind of design.

Experimentation with geometric shapes can also lead to a very interesting design and form of any object. I might have repetitive features and patterned elements as well.

Bear in mind that these are just initial thoughts and reactions to the design brief and might change during the actual designing process.

Image References:
  1. World of Forms, (2016), Form in art [ONLINE]. Available at: http://kosovowomenssummit.org/miscellaneous/form-in-art/ [Accessed 5 March 2017].
  2. Pinterest, (2012), Form [ONLINE]. Available at: https://www.pinterest.com/brandyn_xavier/form/ [Accessed 5 March 2017]
  3. The New York Times, (2015), Analyzing the Elements of Art | Four Ways to Think About Form [ONLINE]. Available at: https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/08/analyzing-the-elements-of-art-four-ways-to-think-about-form/?_r=0 [Accessed 5 March 2017]
  4. Faculty smcm, (1996), Visual Focus [ONLINE]. Available at: http://faculty.smcm.edu/lnscheer/lecture%20web%20pages/208open/open.html [Accessed 5 March 2017]
  5. Teodora Zapartan, (2015), A COLLECTION OF GEOMETRIC FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE OBJECTS INSPIRED BY ORIGAMI FORMS [ONLINE]. Available at: http://inspirationist.net/a-collection-of-geometric-furniture-and-decorative-objects-inspired-by-origami-forms/ [Accessed 5 March 2017]
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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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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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Digital Applications: Collaborate- Slide Share

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Collaboration can help productivity, encourage new and improved ideas and provide an interactive means of sharing our work. It promotes interaction between the audience and the creator which is an extremely important requirement in the interior design field.

I recently used slide share and found access to information quite effortless. One of the biggest advantages of the application is also the huge file size that can be uploaded .The communication takes place through comments which are very easy to keep track of through notifications. People can communicate regardless of their location. The interface of the application is simple and easy to navigate.

It also works on all devices such as laptops phones and tablets. Data uploaded in the form of slides ensures location of all information at one place and eliminates any hassle when searching for files.

I think it is a very helpful application as sharing of opinions can be a demand in the design process and this medium enables us to reach maximum viewers. I would definitely use slide share as a creator and also as a reader.

Image Reference: SOURCEON, (2017), How To Source On SlideShare [ONLINE]. Available at: https://www.eremedia.com/sourcecon/how-to-source-on-slideshare-part-1/ [Accessed 2 March 2017
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Digital Applications:Coordinate-Pinterest & Dropbox

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In the design field of work, digital files are used commonly and the amount of files produced can be overwhelming. Good management and organization of these intangible pieces of work can often be a key influence to the success of a project.

Pinterest is an application which helps coordinate and manage image files as well as provide a medium to share our work with the audience. It is fairly simple to use and does not require much practice to get used to the icons. It also allows searching of other peoples work which can be inspirational. Uploading and editing of pictures is straightforward and is as easy to access from a mobile as it is from a laptop. 

One application that covers a wide range of file types is Dropbox. I was new to this application and unaware of its existence. It has proved to be most helpful and useful. The set up is very easy and files can be uploaded effortlessly. In situations when we do not have our work in a flash drive or do not have access to our work, Dropbox can be of great help if you have Internet access and a computer. Access into your work files is also password-protected so it is also a very safe application. It is definitely an application which I will continue to use in the future.

Image Reference: SEAGATE, (2014), Dos and Don’ts for Organising Your Digital Files [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.listsandyou.com/top-10-communication-software-tools/ [Accessed 2 March 2017]
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Digital Applications: Communicate- Power Point & Instagram

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After the production of our designs, it is also very important to be able to present it to our clients in an organized and thoughtful manner. This can be done by Microsoft PowerPoint which is one of many digital applications that can do so. 

The user interface is not cluttered at all which I appreciate, as it seems very organized and easily accessible. The tool bars are  straightforward and each feature is easy to understand. The layout is simple and one can figure out which icon to click for whatever task they need to perform. Other than fulfilling the functional needs of creating a slideshow presentation, PowerPoint also offers pre-made design themes which can help transform a bland presentation into a creative, attractive and gripping piece of work. There are a lot of animation options available as well which adds a touch of flourish to the final product.

Creating the presentation is just the initial step and sharing it with the audience is the second. Facebook and Twitter are famous social media platform but I recently tried out Instagram as it is also very popular among people. It has self-explanatory Icons which are portrayed with easy to understand symbols on the entire navigation process is very simple. It is easy to keep track of posts, yours and of those who you follow and easy to upload image and short videos as well. It was very easy to get comfortable with the application from day one as it is very user-friendly. This application can help a designer share his work with  not only his clients and employers, but with anyone in any part of the world.

Image reference: Lists and You, (2015), TOP 10 COMMUNICATION SOFTWARE & TOOLS [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.listsandyou.com/top-10-communication-software-tools/ [Accessed 2 March 2017]