This week’s keynote lecture was a discussion panel with Theo Humphries, Prof. Clive Cazeaux, Cath Davies and Dr. Mahnaz Shah. I found this lecture rather intense and interesting how that lecturers from different academic background criticise and analyse a question in so many different ways. The questions asked were:
“Is there an historical component to meaning?”
“Is the literal phenomenal and the phenomenal literal?”
” You seem to be saying that ideas are material, are in the world. But you’re having a laugh, aren’t you? Ideas are in my head! if I have a thought or an opinion, its mine, in my head! How would you respond to that?”
There was some very interesting answers to all these questions which puzzles the mind as you don’t realise how they link to the question. One particular topic that was bought up by Clive was a question of “If a tree falls down but no one is near it to hear it fall, does it still make a sound?” My first initial reaction to this was of course it still does just no one was there to hear it, but as Clive mentioned in Philosophy it wouldn’t have made a sound. As the definition of sound means waves passing through the air from one object to another if there is no second object to pick up on this sound then surely a sound hasn’t been made.
Another point which Clive mentioned was about meaning and how that we only understand something because of its meaning to us. Like our language, it’s only a sound that we produce, the actual sound doesn’t have a meaning. It is only because of how we interpret that noise to have a meaning, something which we then can understand and relate to. This is something which everything in the world applies to and which we take for granted everyday because it comes natural to us.
This weeks study skills session was based on applying theory to images and objects with Cath Davies. I found this session most valuable and one of the best ones of the term. This session was great practise for the essay writing that we would be doing next term and Cath helped us understand and read images better, also how to write about them in an essay structure. I found her method of ‘description–>analysis–>academic perspectives’ a very effective one and something that I will come back to when writing my essay next term.
Following my research into my chosen inspiration I was curious to see what was possible to be made in a Fab Lab and what sorts of lamps already have been created.
From the brief, initial presentations and inspiration given I thought it would be appropriate to start research off by creating a general mood board from the chosen area of inspiration (Biology, Physics and Chemistry). From this I would find items that I would admire and research into deeper, the areas of interest I found are: muscles and their structure in Biology, test tubes and petri dishes from experiments in Chemistry linked with the colours and change.
This week in CAD Mike’s task for us to complete was a coil spring using the Helix tool. I found this task easy and managed to complete it quickly first time. Although it puzzled me to why the example on the tutorial had a bigger space between each coil, looking like a car suspension spring, where as mine was squashed and touching. I later figured this out to be because I had made a line to short making it looked wrong which I corrected in the right-hand image below. Mike also set a challenge for next week to start using ‘KeyShot’ and experiment with it to render CAD images.
This morning Gareth Barham lead a drawing workshop to introduce us to new techniques in the hope to improve the communication of our sketches. He began by setting a 30 second task to sketch specific products we had already used this morning, would see in a garden shed and over Christmas. This was to get the hang of not being too precious over sketching and communicating ideas fast. Gareth then set the same task but for a longer time to improve on the same principle but to add more detail and illustrate what the product does and the benefits. The final task was to sketch a detailed design of our products from project 3 for criticism by another peer of how we could improve the communication and then re sketch the other peers product to make it better.
This morning Alexandros gave a lecture on how mathematics and nature come into design and how we are mostly unaware of it doing so. I was fascinated with everything that he said and was interested in how I could use aspects of it in my new project. I researched into each part Alexandros presented (Fractals, Cellular Automata, Golden Ratio and Sequence of Nature) to see what I could find in everyday life that used these formula’s which could inspire me.