The final design my group and I produced is this triangular concept. Each student would have their own unit made up of three boards and a triangular surface. The units can be turned upside down to make space for larger models. For those individuals not interested in using boards, the triangular top alone can be used to give details. The design is called ‘Three-Fold’.
I have a particular interest in the elegance of folding in design. I think this simple and elegant design for a brochure might be a good platform for a catalog for our summer exhibition:
Here are a handful of the many rough ideas I’ve had for the exhibition. There are a very broad range of ideas which include an indoor garden inclusive of deck chairs, turf floor and ice cream machines, the idea being that we celebrate the summer season and create an environment in which people might gather. It also acknowledges that design does not have to be rigid, we too can embrace the quirks more closely related to other subjects within the art school.
Other ideas included the low budget helium balloon mounted boards, using the ceiling to provide more space and allowing the free movement of work with the natural air currents within the room.
Again the use of the ceiling can be seen with the inverted pyramid. This idea uses the notion of breaking boundaries to break up the space and make it seem that objects are breaking through the walls. These objects are then used to mount work and display information.
More traditionally the idea of using of projectors to create mock environments, such as kitchens, highstreets, hospitals and farms may provide a suitable backdrop to contextualise design concepts and inform visitors. Lighting may be an issue here, as projectors don’t tend to work well in lit environments.
I have included an idea of displaying profile cards, hung at head height to introduce the individuals presented within the show. From discussions, people seem keen that they receive personal recognition for their work, and they want to be recognised by potential employers.
As part of the research for this module, I collected information on every students major project, the environment in which they envisage it being used, and the title of their competition design brief for the next term. Around half of people said they were planning to do the toy design brief, and as such I believe it would be valuable to create a traditional playing environment, such as a play pen, to encourage interaction with the products in the show.
As part of our ‘Field’ module this term, we have been tasked with designing our summer exhibition. This will form part of our ‘Field’ module assessment. The thought behind this is that we will be the firsts year to graduate from the ‘new course’ since it was rejigged. We are also the first year to graduate in the new building. From the presentations we’ve been shown by tutors, it would seem that the perception of design shows from previous years is that they were too flat and rigid, using mainly tall white boards to present 2D design information and plinths to display models. I get the feeling that they want this year to go off with a bang and signal to the world that things are changing within the art school.
We were encouraged to assemble into teams to produce our ideas. I believe the team I am art of is strong and has a good mixture of skills. Our early ideas focused on the issues of displaying the great variety of work within the year. The biggest issue to deal with, it seem, is that people have different requirements for space, environment, deliverables, and lighting.