Since the beginning of the year, with project 1 and 2 especially where we were finding our feet as designers, I have found and learnt a lot about myself. Firstly I have found many new skills and techniques that I didn’t previously know before coming to university and has made me look at product design in a different and better way. Also what I thought was my design ethos has changed and become more realistic and worthwhile I feel from 9 months ago. When I used to like a product just because it looked really aesthetically pleasing, now I still do the same but look at it again and think why doesn’t it work and how could I take it and make it so it does. I feel I have more of an engineering approach to design now in that I only want to make a product to solve a clear problem and provide a solution that works. As products that don’t do this are a waist of time, money and resources that could be spent doing something more worthwhile, to the stage that these types of products annoy me that they are using these valuable resources for no reason.
I chose project 4 as my favourite project and have done this poster with images only to show the stages I went through.
Part of the project 4 submission was to present our work, with a QR code linking to our poster, at Tommy’s Bar to see what everyone else had achieved in the project and to enjoy the end of term. Below are a few of my favourite lights presented including my own.
I decided to make the whole lamp from acrylic and cut it on the laser cutter as it’s a Fab Lab piece of equipment. The outside of the lamp being white 3mm and the slides being 3mm and 5mm of different colours. I was going to make the outside from plywood to give it a geeky fabrication look with the burn marks from the laser cutter but after thinking about it I thought it may clash with the bright coloured plastic slides. Another reason for going with the acrylic was that its translucent so will emit some light and I chose the colour white because its a colour that has recently come back into fashion.
I designed a range of slides with different colours, shapes and patterns for the slots within the lamp. They ranged from science images to different textures with engraving and random shapes in nature. I designed each slide for a specific slot but they can each be swapped around to give different effects with light projection and shadows.