Semiotics and Semantics

Today Clara gave a presentation on Semiotics and Semantics and how they link into product design in a key way. I found this presentation very interesting in the fact that these two main elements in a product go mostly unnoticed in the day to day use of items when they are part of the key information when using a product. From this presentation I took note of key points which I will need to consider when designing any product to interact with humans:   – Semiotics: The use of signs and symbols – Denotation: The translation of a sign to its meaning – Connotation: How you do/use it – Signifier: The form – Semantics: The study of meaning – Identification – Characteristics – Affordance – Operations   semiotics-copy


Student Rep Training

This morning I attended a session at Llandaff along with all the other student reps within Cardiff Metropolitan schools. I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoons team building activities, meeting new people from the university share the same interest in being a student rep and generally having a fun time. This also gave me the vital skills in being a student rep and being able to deal with other students issues and how to resolve them with the correct procedures. Overall this was a very exciting day and well worth giving up a Saturday for!

Concept 2

Whilst I’m at the gym I find it really annoying that when I’m training and listening to music the wire from my headphones to my phone flaps around on the front of my body. My second concept provides a solution to this problem with a device and wire storage on the back of a hat.

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Concept 1

A hat that stores stationary to travel with you. Most people find when they are out they need a pen but don’t always have one and if they do they spend ages trying to find it. I myself have this problem and always tend to need a pen or a knife to cut something with when I’m out, hence why I came up with this concept.

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Constellation Week 3

This week in constellation study skills Jenny Godfrey spoke to us about visual literacy. She explained that pieces of art don’t need words because if you look deeply enough into them they tell you a story in themselves. She also showed us how to use the online library to find pieces of art that relate to what you want. Jenny then set a task of finding a piece of work from one of the sites that related to our subject and personal feelings and to then present this to the class of why it did. I personally chose an image of the lemon squeezer by Philippe Starck, as I am doing product design pieces of art don’t interest me and products do and I explained that through this image.

Making A Hat

Now that we had presented the ethos of ourselves and favourite designers, it was then set that we were to come up with concepts for a hat that would represent ourselves. This would be presented in sketch and model form using the skills we had just learnt in origami folding. I had no idea what to do so started brainstorming ideas I had about myself as if I was to make a product about me, then try and put it into the form of a hat afterwards. I knew I wanted to design a hat that was simple, could be used and solved a problem.


Introduction to 3D CAD

I had previously never done any 3D CAD in school only 2D, so this was my first experience of it and also Solid Edge. Mike, the technical demonstrator in product design, took us for the lecture and taught us some basic skills in the software. This included: the shape and line tools, extruding and dimensioning them to create general shapes to build upon. I now feel comfortable using the software with the basis to build on these skills myself.