Here is a digital record of my sketchbook and Notes on the Reading week material –
Drawings of The University Museum collection of designer chairs:
Drawing from memory of an Iconic Chair Advert:
Large scale A3 drawing of one of the designer chairs (Alvar Aalto):
Small scale story board – drawing practise:
Drawing people in a quick style – stories about their connection with chairs:
We were told to portray emotions with only 6 basic shapes:
Walk to Slessor Gardens – quick sketches of traffic signs and one drawing of the small gardens in Slessor Garden:
Objects found along the way to Slessor Gardens:
Start of Ideas for my Arduino Character:
Finalised Arduino Character:
practise of map drawing – DJCAD Library:
Journey Map Practise:
Finalised Drawing of the Journey map ready to render in Photoshop:
Finalised Rendered Journey Map:
Conclusion of my work:
Doing this module has made me think differently about how I use my sketchbook. Before this module I thought that all the drawings in the sketchbook had to be perfect and be finalised concepts on each page. In this module I used my sketchbook to bring new concepts into the project and to assist my thinking. I was told not to be precious with my drawings and to use them as concepts rather than individual finalised projects.
Reading Week Notes:
“I Draw Pictures All Day”
- Misinterpretation of people who draw all day (thinking its a waste of practise) – however for designers its an important part of the process.
- Doodling is a form of language and it is important to reflect on the world around you in the form of sketches.
- It is more useful to visual learners.
- 37% of the population are visual learners.
- Pictures are a universal language, everyone can understand what an image of something is without having to understand another persons language.
- Visual note taking can be a very interactive experience for the designer and allows the designer to remember more information than they would when just writing notes.
“Ways of seeing (Chapter 7)” – John Berger
- Publicity images are seen all over the cities we live in.
- Visual signs of “The Free World” – with “Neon signs” – this is the idea of manufacturers bringing people to be interested in their products and to convince them to choose their products.
- Competing images are found all over the modern world, that have transformed peoples lives and constitutes glamour.
- “Publicity works on a natural appetite for pleasure”.
- Publicity often used sculptures or paintings that are used to give a luxurious feel to a product.
“The six ways of seeing (Chapter 5)” – Dan Roam, Digital Roam, Inc
- Selective seeing – looking beyond what there is directly in front of you.
- Looking at something isn’t seeing as such it is taking in a general amount of information and not particularly analysing it.
- Getting lost in an overwhelming collection of eclectic images.
- However just looking can be a good form of collecting a large amount of basic information, where as seeing is more of an in depth collection of concentrated information.
- The six ways of seeing are – 1) “WE SAW OBJECTS – THE WHO AND THE WHAT” 2) WE SAW QUANTITIES – THE HOW MANY AND HOW MUCH” 3) “WE SAW POSITION IN SPACE – THE WHERE” 4) “WE SAW POSITION IN TIME – THE WHEN” 5) “WE SAW INFLUENCE AND CAUSE AND EFFECT – THE HOW” 6) “WE SAW ALL OF THE COME TOGETHER AND “KNEW” SOMETHING ABOUT OUR SCENE – THE WHY”