Category Archives: Design

My new place for me to write

Well I have decided that I need a newer home for my thoughts one that I can fill with all my new ideas and musings, and share with others based around design and what I think has good possibilities is interesting and can house photos of my artwork, creations and designs. So if you have time to stop by have a look.

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What makes a designer?

I was asked in my first year as an industrial design student what does a designer do by one of out lectures. It felt like a silly question at the time, as I had signed up for a four year course to learn this yet here I was being asked. It’s interesting how many answers there can be to this, it can be personality traits of strength and weakness, levels of creativity, understanding to how things work and pushing their limits or just practicing a set of chosen methods.

There are no real defining set criteria that we have as we are uniquely different as to how we perceive and visualize things. This is clear from the diversity of students, who all have the motivation and desire to design. We all have unique personalities and with this bring different passions, it’s easy to stay inspired and be creative all we need to do is look what other creative individuals are up to and our minds start to burst with possibilities. Essentially what we choose to specialise in just what we are most passionate about.

I remember back before choosing design when there are so many questions about were subjects and personalities and everything is positioned, like a giant map that design sits in the middle of art and science. It might not seem true at first as they are really different but it seems that a designer easily sits here and in their work you can see the science part coming through or the artist. The Science is the how will it work, what can it be used for, what should it be made from while the artist is more of the human side of how will people use it and the visualisation how will it look. Writing all this down it seems like there are many things going on inside our heads at once, which is true. This is based of an industrial design perspective as we need to factor in many interrelated things thorough our process. It may be slightly different in other design fields.

The one trait which a good designer needs is determination and motivation to work hard. Often a great idea comes at the last minute and can require a lot of intense work in a short period of time. I think all designers are also good dreamers who visualise things that aren’t around them yet, or how their lives and the lives of others could be improved. I don’t think designers ever stop working as projects are always going on inside their heads as well as new ideas, or at least if there is an off switch I haven’t found mine yet.

Another helpful trait but not a necessity is to have an open mind. This helps to overcome problems and to venture into the unknown. It also helps you to appreciate people and their diversity. As there are many different people out there it’s important to understand and have empathy with them, this offers advantages as normally we tend to design things we like ourselves as this is just human nature as we can’t design for someone else if we can’t think like them. There are many experiences that individuals will never encounter and a bit of empathy can help. Though at the same time I find it hugely frustrating when people get it wrong and think how they know what I feel/think when they just have never been in a similar situation and just think they have, therefore understand me.

Understanding our own limitations is a great characteristic as it allows us to seek help and acknowledge that we don’t know all the answers. Knowing to get advices whether it’s from a manufacture, engineer or even a friend can make all the difference. I think at times some of us like to think we can do everything as we are always taking on projects and learning new skills but a good piece of advice and asking the right question can help out like nothing else. I think a highly creative design process is something that can’t be done in isolation and as if it’s going to be different it needs to be multiple influences.

There is a lot more to say about this as designers are hugely diverse and we all think differently as to what makes a good designer and a bad one. There has always been much talk about this at my university as to what sort of skill set is needed to cater for the diversity of students and to build as many skills as possible, what ones can be self taught to a degree or need to worked on continually.

All I know so far is that design is constantly changing, like the world itself so it can only be beneficial if the designer is also constantly changing and hopefully improving. It doesn’t take long to get stuck and find that you are just relying on an old routine and you are going through the passes, but where is the energy and creativity in that?

Getting tired

Sort of really over this project and year already. My exam when horrible and I know now I failed some bits but I am just aiming to get through now, I studied as hard as I could for it but you can’t just learn a language over night. I am lucky if anything sticks at all its my tones that let me down and only half understanding what is being said so I substitute in parts oh well at least I know what I need to focus on.

I have continued with the running of 5km daily now. Not sure if its helping yet but I am sleeping more soundly as I am so tired. Its also interesting how many people like to honk, or yell random things and whistle as I wasn’t expecting anything like that. I have to run along the road for a bit as to where my house is located and the nicer running spots. I even got an I love you one day and a honk. If it continues I might even start a telly for a bit of fun. Though I seem to be eating a lot more food I am not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing but it feels as if I am constantly eating well it did yesterday as I decided to do a 9km route.

I wish I had an opportunity to do slip casting after seeing this…

Here are some more images and the final piece.

I also watched some students in a lower year making a vase, it was interesting and they used 3D printing to get the detail, I wish I had done something like that. It gets me excited about design again. :) Well back to the project the count down of days continues.  Not sure if I should put up images yet to show. I will put up a link to the book when its finished though.

Nice movie

Funktionide Part I on Vimeo

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Here is the website too:

I like how this is constructed as its a lead up to something, and pieces getting reveled along the way. I want my film to be product/project orientated and have nothing about me in there at all. As its better when I disengage from it not so personal. I like the rawness of the materials, parts being exposed that’s just my preference. I like how I could show the forming of parts and the changes along the way, but start of with a bit about the problems of bottled water first, and a few lines of text.Music to this is really good as it doesn’t detract away from anything and evokes intrigue.

I know mine will only be about 3 minutes long as that’s when I disengage from a short movie I have absorbed what I want then that’s it.

Love 2D and 3D

This is again bent from 2d to 3d the more I play around with my refinement the more I love how simplistic and adaptable my design is.

Folding cardboard is hard

Folded cardboard: Just though as I have spent all of yesterday folding cardboard that this image summed up how I felt… Mine is still in need of refinement but I am getting somewhere, though mine is not a bag at all. :)

Its never been so easy to enter…

Well reading through my feeds after getting home from work I though this could be something we all could be intrested in… $1000+ Prize Giveaway & 1st Birthday Design Group Writing Project as this is hopefully what we do or write about on our blogs is design/product related things. I think this is a great opportunity as you can direct viewers towards your blog and let everyone know what your thoughts are on design. It sounds like its hopefully going to be collaborative and comments will be left to continue discussions so hopefully  you can get on board and post up something interesting.

There are so many possibilities and I am enjoying throwing my thoughts out there for others to read. I am hoping to use this blog further even after I finish (If I finish… its so soon now time is running out fast.)  So if this is the one design project you are going to enter this year do it, its easy as its something that we are doing already.

$1000+ Prize Giveaway & 1st Birthday Design Group Writing Project$1000+ Prize Giveaway & 1st Birthday Design Group Writing Project