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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.

Chasing Dreams

I like the folds in this and how there are two colours coming through. I am stuck as to what I want to or am able to do next year, as I had a critical realisation I am not one to sit around  and just wait for thing to happen and I wont be satisfied of working a job just to bring in money for more then 6 months without falling into a pit where everything becomes so repetitive and meaningless. I find it hard to get motivated by money and would rather spend my time doing something I love. Although money can bring me things I like as I plan to do a bit more traveling and its a necessity if I think I have to work to hard for it I would rather work less.

Brittany who graduated a few years back is in much the same place as she needs the money to buy her materials and keep a roof over her head  and a place for her studio but is dissatisfied with her current job as it bring her no new stimulation. Though she has the talent to keep on going and is now producing amazing pieces.

I am fine as long as I can bring out something stimulating for a job or feel like I am living at the same time not tuning out from work life just to get through it. My plan B which seems to me getting more likely is to take time away from Australia and go to China, though in class Brittany mentioned taking an internship in Hong Kong that sounds like something I am interested in. I am getting so stressed about finding something for next year as I know whatever I do there is going to be little support from my family, as its just they way they are they don’t really care all that much one way or the other, so its sort of once you leave that door is closed and I don’t want to see you back unless your really sick and dying. Fair enough there comes an age where your to old for certain things that a family can give you.

After Nick went off and taught English in China I knew that can be part of my back up plans, and I am beginning to think that maybe I might be interested in teaching design further down the track, though I want to get some experience behind me before I do it long term. I think its because I have a deep passion about design, and see as long as I stay with other motivated and passionate people I will be safe. My biggest fear of next year is loosing my passion again  as last time I ended up loosing such a big part of myself I became empty. I know it can easily happen again so I have to be aware of it as you don’t know whats happened until you are dragged down. You just need to let a few things slide and that’s it you are under.

I am wanting my first year out to bring me good things as it would have made all my time at university studying and sacrificingmy time  and energy more worth while, if it isn’t I just can’t be bothered chasing after my dreams and I am to willing to compromise and let them die. I am sick of chasing happiness and feel that it should come more easily and naturally, so I am at the point of taking the easy path and just letting paths run as they should be and not want to carve out something different for myself. If I was asked in third year where I think I would end up I would be far more optimistic but I am now older and need to start building my own sturdy platform to stand upon, additional risks will only rock the foundations.

I have only really had one dream and I have chased it right down and almost seen it to the end and that was this course, now I need a new dream to follow but have no energy to push it forwards, I think that’s because at the same time I am pushing forward my studies so I can achieve good things this semseter.  I am reluctantly approaching the end now and know that I will be own my own next year and choice will have to come from me without any guidance, only the people who I have networked into. I don’t really believe that the lectures will be there for us next year, as they are always far to busy so now is the time to seize the opportunity but what is it that I am wanting, what will be my new dream to chase? Will I have something left inside to chase it down or is it time to grow up and stop dreaming and join the real world of responsibilities, work and what life is left remaining.

Non linear education

Well it seems like reading the post and links up on blackboard are all trying to get us to reflect on our individual experiences, though I am going to take the example of  Design Education: The Clarity of Hindsight as I feel that it talks well about its not just the education set out for you but the opportunities individuals make or take for themselves.

Looking back to first year I had no clue what the course really held ahead for me, I went in unsure if this was the right place for me knowing I wanted to be create and also challenged, and come out the course a stronger and more intelligent person than I went in. I like most had believed I would be designing pretty objects/products when leaving the course, and would choose an area of some kind to specialise in and call my own.

I remember walking into my first studio class and seeing a mass of people crammed into this room and four lectures out the front. There seemed to be about 80 or 90 altogether, and we had all found our seats and then it seemed that a designer had a set of rules to follow which at the time took a little seriously, but now I have found a style/process that works for me. It seems that there where no room for grey leads in our lives and we should all be using A3 pads, carry around A5 sketch book every where (the only piece of advice that was worth keeping from that day) and would need to buy a whole lot of rendering markers.

The last thing from that studio I carry with me until this day is to embrace mistakes and failures. We all make them and will undoubtedly make more learning how to learn from them and relish them is the best thing a creative person can do. Why? It makes you take more risks and leads you out of your comfort zone into the unknown. This is where a designer should operate and work in the unknown as people in the end aren’t going to be predictable. As much as we like to think things are 100% resolved they are not.

This is where new paths are created unless if you are happy to follow some one else’s (Yes this is a safe option you know results and have nothing to loose.) This is the hardest part as it’s a gamble every time as you can loose everything, then have to learn from the mistakes and start again. At the same time nothing is more rewarding than not knowing feeling like you are onto something new and different, looking from a different angle applying something from what you have seen on something else to a new application is a what if approach to everything and anything. It’s also a Pandora’s Box once opened it can’t be closed as there are no answers really only more questions.

I went in with the belief that I knew nothing about design and that I was here to learn everything from the basics right up to the hard technical components and how to get things manufactured, this gave me an open mind that was willing to except a few oddities along the way. After covering the basics in first semester I slowly grew in confidence picturing that I could actually be a designer. (I previously had been told by other design schools that I was so far behind and would find it hard to catch up after seeing my high school work. This had always made me feel like I was behind though in hindsight I was never really at all. We all go in with a different starting point and RMIT knows this and has designed the course to teach you from the basics.)

Not until second semester when I had a little taste at everything I felt this was a path that number one I loved passionately and could easily dedicate my time too, and that I actually could build up skills when needed in a nice training way. (Yes the internet helps a lot with this thanks to heaps of design blogs linking you to CAD tips, drawing, and writing and pretty much anything you want to learn the basics of to practice and gradually master.) In this second semester I met to people that confused my mind so much they seemed to challenge and question every bone in my body, these where Liam and Soumitri one from studio the other design studies. An answer simply wasn’t good enough as there is more than one answer to any question, people have unique characteristics, and behaviors hard to uncover and change. We could no longer assume anything, they also told us they where no longer marking us at all this is left up to ourselves and our peers, and we where to set out a mark at the start of the semester and change it at the end to what we believe is rightfully ours in comparison to everything we have done and achieved.

A good teacher is not only someone who can teach you about what they know but also about what you know but just haven’t uncovered yet. This is with anything as they can slowly teach you skills that you can apply in situations to obtain unknown successful outcomes. You are always growing while learning and there should be times when you feel as if you uncover things that you felt you new all along but had be looking in the wrong spot until a good teach suggests things on the side, helpful feedback and the support that if you end up in the dark they will always be yelling advice to you from the side.

This I believe is self directed learning at its best, as we all have personal goals and motivations and we are all in the same course for the same reason to become a designer, but having someone harp at you for hours about how they work is the right way and everyone does it this way and the more common “right way to do something” isn’t the best way, unless if they share the same experiences and knowledge you can understand why things are done you are just told and never question. Though things date certain information and skills are suited to certain environments and if you are copying methods and skills set out by someone else you are not set up to self learn, critique and discover. There should be no voice that is strong than your own, sure there are many voices to guide it but you should guide them back saying and challenging them why something works and why something does not.

I find listing to other people who have been there and done that valuable as it’s the hindsight that you never get to experience. They know possible problems so you can skip a few steps though this doesn’t mean there isn’t room to test things out and make a few mistakes.

My lower years where all about skill building and I learnt the basics and potential of design and what it can be, I learnt to question resources, agendas my environment, my background and more importantly what do I have to offer. In the upper years the refinements begin using these skills to refine ideas, building upon and expand these skills.

I don’t think that you should ever come away from any project thinking it’s finished as there is more that can be down, the hindsight factor that if you could have gone back and done this differently it would have changed this and made it better should still niggle a bit and list of improvements should come. When we are over satisfied we stop learning as we stop questioning and loose creativity, we loose our own paths we set out.

RMIT methods have set me up to value self learning and education, if I need to learn a new piece of software I know how to do this, write a business plan talk to engineers, manufacture something I know I can take on any project and self learn what’s needed along the way. What stages I need help with or have lack of time to achieve and bring others on board. As all projects that we are going to undertake will be different, as I gain more life experience and my priorities change I will have more to put into my practice I have learnt how to ensure its constantly growing and evolving and how to implement my values in my work. I know how to be idealistic and realistic at the same time, letting my imagination run riot and then tame it back to something tangible, grounded and resolved in a time frame to ensure I am growing as an individual and accepting differences and taking risks.

There are only two paths to follow you can follow in someone else’s footsteps, knowing the route and path ahead, or you can make your own nice and fresh. There are times where you need the safety of a path and times when you need to break it and run free. These other footsteps are imprinted by the traditional people go to school get a job, work your way into a better position and retire. Set paths are if I do this I get this job, others have the ability to make their own jobs not being placed under other titles and categories as they build unique skill sets and no one else can quite do what they do. This is the path I wish to take, where no one else quote does what I can do and I am valued for it.

Ideas

I was interested to see if there is anything similar to my idea so I had a quick search to see what I could find, I think I am onto something innovative, so I feel like I am bringing in something new.

This is a robotic arm faucet… by Kohler’s Karbon

This designer-friendly shower kit is for people who really like squares. The simple, elegant 5×5 modules can be arranged freely and serve several functions, including thermostat, speaker, volume and diverter controls, showerhead, lighting and shelving. No word on whether each block can be removed from and reapplied to the wall for even more bath time fun.

Sunroc DF-2011FR Frost Resistant RADII™ Modular Drinking Fountain

“Drinking water fountain shall have front mounted push button to initiate water flow through a bubbler having a flexible hooded guard and have a non squirt feature. Bubbler shall operate between 20 and 120 psig and have an adjustable stream regulator to control water flow. The push button shall pneumatically operate the furnished water valve. Plumbing box, water valve and drain system shall be provided for remote installation in heated area. Stainless steel fountain shall have integral drain strainer. Wall panel shall be stainless steel. Potable water system components shall comply with Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, the 1988 Lead Contamination Control Act and shall be Listed by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. to U.S. and Canadian Safety Standards. Drinking water fountain shall be Sunroc model DF-2011FR”

PRF8ACSLEE Price: $2300.00

“Model PF8ACSLEE shall deliver 8.0 gph of 50° F degree water at 90° F ambient and 80° F inlet water. Shall have VersaFilter system for taste, odor and chlorine reduction, lead reduction and cyst reduction. VersaFilter system shall comply with NSF standards 42 and 53. Model PF8ACSLEE shall include an infrared sensor to activate the flow of water. Basin shall be designed to eliminate splashing and standing water. Bubbler shall have flexible guard and operate between 20 and 120 psi. Cabinet finish shall be Sandstone or Greystone powder coated paint on galvanized steel or brushed stainless steel.”

Different Brands with similar products.

Number 1:

Number 2:

Haws 6421 In-line Strainer

Keeping on track

Ok well as it feel like I am not getting anywhere I am writing out a daily plan or calendar so I can come back and say I have used my week of study.

Today and tomorrow morning.
CAD up two parts of my existing prototype
Finish my Business plan how the system works for councils why choose my design over all others?
Drawings of faucets and handles quick sketches as I am thinking a lot as to how it would all work, and if my system is modular I can have existing faucets/bubblers and taps if that’s what they want
Crazy concepts what I would love to happen, this is more so for me to break down my idea barrier as it feel like you can’t visually see my thinking. Its more documented in words and research and not so much in drawing.

Tomorrow afternoon:
Detailed part list of basic system and modular attachments.
Pen and paper solving out and thinking through my ideas, I have the measurements and parts now I need configurations.

Saturday:
Hopefully the modular system is sorted out with thoughts written and drawn so I can visually find what I need to know and understand more of. More drawings and clay mock ups?

Sunday ready for Monday a clarified approach to answer questions:
What is the basic design for a modular fountain?
Is it upgradeable? Can I add more parts as I see the area needs them? Or is it a location based system requirement so once installed its left alone, as it doesn’t need to be changed right tool for the job…
What are the basic parts?
What are the add on parts? How are they added or attached on, to other parts or to the ground?
How do all Parts attach to the ground?
A list of what is plumbing requirements I don’t need to know how it works, but need to be aware of. Its a plumbers job to know how to shut of the mains water to attach it to the mains, how to adjust the flow/pressure, change the filter, what parts of plumbing is involved to increase/decrease water flow. See what I mean below…
Highlight key maintenance parts, generally the plumbing so I am aware of constant access.
How it operates within the system, how often is it cleaned, fixed how many of them?

As you can see there are a few different parts to the whole assembly with number 1 being the bubbler/tap 2 the attachment, to the other pipe, old tap, don’t know what number 5 does, but the whole thing is pretty much the same size and I can easily house it all in the same part. At the bottom you can see  an ordinary pipe coming out. So I think all I need to do is find the names for the parts  and know know what they do but not know the internal workings as that’s the plumbers job.

This is a good photo as its the same with the tap working not the bubbler, you can see all the extra parts which control the flow, turn off the water in sections encase the handle breaks is not needed then its just the tap and I presume the part underneath the tap number 3 is to again turn of the water so its not flowing when the tap is removed to fix it.

Where to now…

After talking with Soumitri I am changing the direction slightly with a new approach, I am a little scared as its more into the the technical side which I struggle with I am going to think of my drinking fountain as a modular system, similar to path products where the council can list the requirements for the location eg: a smaller size next to a child’s playground, one with a dogs drinking bowl in parks, a minimalistic for city streets. So this week I am focusing on the internal parts in CAD, using heights and thickness from my drinking fountain. I have been talking to Tosika yesterday and he gave me a few innovative and different ideas for the faucet to draw up so I am going to work on this for the week and see where it goes. This could fail easily as I have limited knowledge and experience and feel it borders on the engineering side. I need to figure out how this design attaches to the ground, and a list of parts that can be added to the basic design such as filters.

So a modular system could involve many bowls/sinks to pick from.

A quick look at similar products which are modular in the bathroom…

http://www.newform.it/


Tap and shower head.

A list of things I want to achieve


Home:

I am thinking that I should write out what is it I want for this semester and where I might end up afterward to gain some clarity.

Hopefully pass so I can move on, well I really want more than a pass for it to feel worthwhile and that I have achieved something. So this semester I am carefully going to listen and document every task that I have to do and then do it. (This week is making 1 to 1 forms of my drinking fountains, also to CAD up the prototype of the fountain parts I have made to print out and draw over.)

I also hope to have a project that can stand up for itself without me trying to back it up, this means I can place my design and folio next to each other and they speak for themselves, so hopefully when I get to the exhibition and final presentation I really shouldn’t say a thing (of course I will have to) but anyone can pick up my project and how I got there.

I hopefully want to push my campaign of no bottled water further, so I can create a poster and a site so people can join and get information about bottled water and the alternatives and how to get on board, I might even create a fun event to be held if there is time, take my design to the streets.

I aim to get a detailed process and phases that I work through when undertaking projects that I can apply to anything that I work on. This will include some of the projects and research methods undertaken in semester one.

I also aim to create a full hand made folio of my work, this is drawings and photos laid out to display my process from start to finish showing how one form inspires others, refinement and any troubles, and the final prototype made.

I will redo the layout and add in reflections/research to my document from last semseter. I am hoping to hand bind my book by creating a front cover, as I don’t know how to do this as I never had money or time to go to the book binding back in first year I am going to track down some past students that have. I feel this will add to the book as I am disappointed with the current binding, as my book is so big they couldn’t use the nice hard book binding.

I am also going to create the three posters as required, and leave time to create a nice layout for them so its not rushed like last semester.

Personal goals along the way is developing and understanding my own practice all its strengths and weaknesses along with a time line when is most of the work done, the stages that I get the most personal enjoyment, where I am most stressed and where I take the most risks. Where I feel most vulnerable and lost. This will help if I ever do freelance work or if I carry out my own projects. (starting my own studio) Often I feel scared to move forward to the next stage as you progress along more time, energy and money is invested.

There is more to follow as I think of things and need to clarify.