Are you sitting comfortably?- breif

Over the next five weeks Me and my partner that we got paired with today will design useful and functional pieces of Furniture and to learn  new skills. This Field Project introduces you to the skills and concept development processes needing to be deployed when designing Furniture. The Furniture designer needs to fully consider a number of different elements when preparing designs for a new situation, be that a ‘one-off’ or bespoke piece of furniture, or a batch or mass manufactured piece of furniture. We will be exploring how different materials can be used either singularly or in combination with others to create a unique design which responds to a design brief written in response to a client interview.

The project is to make a piece of furniture that works and is safe that also stands up and is comfortable. It should be cleve and sympathetic in the way it combines newly designed components and pre existing materials.

We will be making this chair for a member of staff and our chair needs to be aimed at them and include things that remind us of them. We will be asking out client a few questions to get a feeling of the likes and dislikes and what type of person she/he is.

‘The Design Brief’

We are required to design and make a ‘bespoke Chair/stool or seat’ responding to a specific Project brief based on the results from a staff/client interview. We will create a moodboard for that member of staff, and this will help create the detail for our individual project that we will respond to when designing our chair. Our moodboard will be in the format of an A3 poster, (one per team member.)

Stage 1Furniture Design Sketchbook roll

For this project we will each construct our own sketchbook roll. This will be made from a roll of lining paper, (wallpaper) weight should be 1000. 

We will use your sketch-roll to record all parts of this project. 

Stage 2 – The Personal/client Interview

Me and my team partner will be conducting the Personal interview with a member of staff. We will meet her at the arranged time and our interview should take no longer than 20 mins. We will focus our attention on our client and will understand more about our client’s individual experiences, their needs, and wants. It will draw out information that might be used for further research in a literal, or lateral/abstracted way when we start the concept development stage. Draw a visual representation from the responses given to the Personal Questionnaire on our sketchroll and from this construct a moodboard which illustrates and describes our client’s character etc.

Stage 3 – Dimensional Research

With my team partner conduct primary research into the ergonomics and anthropometrics of the following: a Sofa or Armchair, Dining or desk chair, and operators/workstation chair. Record our full sized dimensions on our sketchrolls, use line drawings of the pieces of furniture you’ve chosen to measure, see handout notes to guide you.

We should end up with approx’ 6 sets of dimensions. The dimensional data you need to record is: seat height; seat depth; seat width; seat angle; backrest height; backrest angle; armrest height (if present). This data will help support decisions you make through the scale model-making and full sized prototype stages.

Stage 4 – Modelmaking Exercises

Next we will explore 3D form using line and plane. Create multiple models using wire (line) and card (plane). Both exercises test our abilities to model to scale and use of creativity. We can use a 300mm manikin to create and visualise these models. Remember to divide full size measurements by 5.6, this will give us the correct scale dimensions for our models. Record these line and plane designs in my sketchrolls, and develop these using sketch development, try combining both my line and plane concepts sympathetically and carefully and in so doing creating new designs using both line and plane.

Stage 5 – Materials

We will be given 16 square feet, 4’x4’x12mm, or 1200x1200x12mm sheet of birch faced multiply per team. This will be our principal building material, and our design development must take this material into account. Secondary materials used in our design are our choice, however the use of these must be recycled or up-cycled, (not bought) and may have some literal or lateral connection to your client.

Stage 6 – Dirty Sketch Models & Refined Concept Models

Next reflect on your line and plane models and take the best of these to develop further, this time paying more attention to the detail design. The ‘Dirty Sketch models’ refers to scale models that can be constructed from any appropriate materials. Your ‘Refined Concept Models’ refers to models made from more accurate modeling materials which will resemble the final desired design, these models can be made using the laser cutters and laser ply. Joe Venables in the soft modelling workshop will be giving laser cutter demos, times are given on the project timetable. You can use the scale manikin to indicate scale and realism.  Record all design decisions and photos of all models in your sketchrolls. 

Stage 7 – Full size Marquette

Transfer dimensions from your refined concept model and scale up to full size. Once you are satisfied that these measurements are correct you can then start to build your full size prototype. You will be given advice on the joints you can use, and how these are made on the CNS router. You should consider testing this full size prototype before refining further into your finished chair design. Re/up-cycled materials will probably need attention, repair or reconditioning, this may be cosmetic, or structural repairs, again ensure you document this work in your sketchrolls, and in your blogs.

Stage 8 – Chair Manufacture – CNC Router in FabLab

Plan this part of your project carefully so that you make full use of the workshops available to you. Remember you’ll all need to use these, and it may take longer than you think to gain access and get things made. The manufacture of your chair is to be done using the CNC router in the FABLAB. You will be instructed on how to use this under supervision, and will include which drawing package to use for best transfer to the machine.

Stage 9 –Chair/stool/seat Critique:

Thursday 14th  December – 3.00-5.00pm, Heart Space, B Block

Your clients have been invited to inspect their chairs as part of the critique and formative assessment. It is strongly recommended that you carry out a ‘dry-run’ assembly prior to the assessment day ensuring your chair fits together perfectly, and ensuring that they properly completed and assembled before the critique day.


Are you sitting comfortably – Day one

We first were given our brief and our partner that we would work with to build our chair. We were also given client that we would have to design our chair for. Then later on in the day we had to ask out client question to help us design our chair towards her likes and interests.

After we were giving our partner and our brief we had to get rolls that we would display our idea and drawings. We drew perspective drawings to get a sense of how to draw our chairs from different angles. This was to help with our 3D drawings and to get a sense of how to draw from a perspective. We had to draw a series of different drawing looking above and from the side

I think that this helped me because I have never drew from perspective so at first I struggled to see how the lines were helping me to draw. Then I got my head round it and it all became more clearer.

The first day gave me a sense of what was to come. I felt I knew what to expect after the brief and the question we asked our client gave me a lot to think of in terms of design aspect for our chair.


Posthumanism Week 5 Essay Preparation

Post-humanism Week 5

What if we never grew old?

What if we all looked the same?

What if there was no right or wrong?

Essay planning

4000 critical essay

1000 Word blog entry

Put it all on one document

Friday 8th on turn out Moodle 4pm

Essay should have a coherent argument supported by evidence and reason

There should be evidence of research understanding and critically engaging

The essay should include analysis of a particular piece

Each essay should include and intro answering the question and conclusion

The writing should be clear

All essay should be properly reference and contain bibliography at the end

Demonstrate skills of independent academic research

Critically access theoretical concepts and debates

Utilise knowledge from a range of contextual approaches to analyse a specify example of visual or material culture.

Evaluate contextual knowledge and understanding in relation to their own / other’s practice

Next week Independence study

24th Individual tutorials

1st Group tutorials

What can I write about?

One or more of the theories/ ideas/ content we have covered. In realation to your practice, to any object we have talked about to any object you want

What do I need?

Subject matter(object of study)

An object and image a process a movement a real world event

An argument

Supporting theory

Formative Essay Structuring

Making and structuring arguments.


Introduce the subject matter what theories what topic which authors your what if’s may go here

What is it’s issue / focus / purpose )


What Theoretical context are you going to be looking at to support your argument 


What do we get out of your ideas, and who is it for? (conclusion)

This essay will look at… what

This will be explored through the context/ lens/ theory

What section will alway be about your subject matter and why its important? What has been said about it already? By who? And what are you saying about it that may be different? Whats your problem?

How section a reader will also want to know weather the author and what they claim is true

Why section what your reader will also want too know whats at stake in your claim. What does your research matter

Intro 500

What 1000

How 1000

Why 1000

Conclusion 500

Types of writing ( the what and how )

Critical and Descriptive

Take the context of something and make and opinion on it

  • Involves making a judgement on something
  • Outline implication and solution, draw conclusion and makes recommendations
  • View something from many different angles
  • Conclusion the quality of the evidence and argument you have read
  • Identifies key positive and negative aspects you can comment upon
  • Assesses their relevance and usefulness to the debate that you are engaging in for your assignment
  • Identifies how best they can be woven into the argument that you are developing

Use a mixture of descriptive and critical

Essay Ideas 

What if technology wasn’t around today would design be what it is today without it

Would graphic design be the same

How the “Guttenberg Press” shaped graphic design practice?

– (critical theory) Technology shapes the human and human practice.

  • McLuhan – Understanding Media, – Printing Press, Printed Image.
  • Printing press in graphic design history

– say how this has shaped graphics.

Post humanism Week 4

Week 4

Animistic world view

spirt of ancestors flows through : ground, rocks, food livestock

Uma Lulik

The sacred animist houses in East Timor linking the tribes to the spirt of the land

1700’s – Portuguese colonisation of Timor-Leste

Portuguese Language, Ideals,Beliefs

Catholic vs Animistic

What kind of world did the architecture create?

Creating a completely different world view

What kind of world did it destroy?

There is a certain responsibility attached to those who create our material and visual culture; the artefacts we make shape reality

What kind of world do we want to live in?

What kind of values are important to promote?

What kind of values are problematic?

What kind of world do we want to make?

Values that are generally promoted by Western art and design practices

  • Market and consumption
  • Scientific/instrumental progress
  • Atheistic world view
  • Other Western values

design fiction is a way of exploring different approaches to making things its about creative provocation.

nostalgic touch

we lose love one it captures the playback touch gesture and plays them back after there gone.

guide to urban farming

they create the guide to free urban farming aim to bring a close relationship between consumers and environment

Stuart Walker Mundane objects

Wabi Sabi is working with the present Temporality and flux of the world

Zuni fetish carving spiritual inter-relationships between human and objects

Abbeystead dam is environment, Ecology of the landscape

Be functional in their everyday use but be sensitive to the cosmological values of culture.

Adam fletcher

Purpose a ‘what it’ based upon your ideas this morning or the last few weeks

What if clock measure ‘felt’ time?

What if clothes regulated food intake?

What if the ground contained spirits?

What if the world was more than material?

On display – Final outcome

This project I have found challenge and defiantly a lot more work than i’m use to.  The brief was to animate a moving identity Promotional installation / spatial communication Ephemera (including both printed and digital outcomes i.e. posters, brochures, app, web, product) Visuals of how a signage & wayfinding systems works within the space.

My reflection on physcogeography is all about the direction of people for me going to the centre of Cardiff  and to University is very direct whereas a person unfamiliar with the area would take a whole different route. My idea for this brand was to use my journey from cathay which is student area of town and compare it to someone unfamiliar with the area. This is how I decided on my mark my mark has been made to be personal to me using my handwriting as the typeface.

I looked at company like Disney and harrods that have use handwritten fonts within there works and how they have used that writing identity throughout their brand. This inspired my idea to use my handwriting within my work. I used it within my logo and wanted to bring the whole thing together by also using it throughout my brand.

I want my brand to help people explore Cardiff but also be able to get to places quickly using my route. My poster display my Exhibition and clearly flow the same colours as my logo. The brand strap line is Direct, Explore enjoy which I have clearly used in my poster as through looking at other poster there logo isn’t the centre of attention the strap line or saying is.

I wanted to make a leaflet that clearly show where the exhibition was using my mark to show where it was. I wanted people to be able to get there using the leaflet and once there have flag to easily display where to go next. I showed my brand displaying flags outside the museum to easily display where the exhibition is. I also used a flag inside to show where exactly it was and also used the lines from my logo to create arrow that helped to show where to go within the building.

My animation will be displayed within my website so people will recognise the brand and I have also used my line throughout my website to keep a clearly link to everything else.


Final Logo

Final Outcome for my posters

Final Website

Way-finding and signage



Colour change

After having feedback on my logo and posters I was told that the colours weren’t working and to rethink them using Adobe Colour. I went through the colour choice that worked together looking for two colour to use within my lines. Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 15.24.24

I decided to use these colour within my brand choosing purple and orange for my logo lines and I was also told that the black for the writing wasn’t working so I decided to use a blue for the writing. At first the idea of changing the colour to such bright and playful colour I was unsure about. When taking into my logo I felt it change the whole brand and made it look much more playful.


I feel now it has come away from being like the welsh flag and also that the colours are working better together. I want the line colours to work together but not be to similar that they blending into one line. I also wanted to come away from using black and decided to use a colour that went well with the purple and orange and also worked with my own typeface.

I have gone through a lot of colour changes so having to change the colour again from being so attached to the green and red was hard to choose a different colour. I used my friends in my class to help me and give me a different perspective and also have a fresh pair of eye that having seen all the other work.

Way finding and Signage

For my way finding and signage I have already decided that I want the exhibition to be in the Nation Museum Cardiff because its the centre of Cardiff and it is a well known place to everyone in Cardiff.

For my signage I wanted display my logo and strap line on a flag outside the Museum and also use the same flag within the museum that pointed toward the exhibition. Signage and way-finding are the directional tools that work  with the exhibition in and outside of the space to help guide people in and around.

I felt I need a flag outside of the museum along with a flyer showing them where the exhibition is located to make it easier once getting there to know where to go from there. I also displayed a flag inside the museum to show where the exact exhibition room was. I also wanted to used the line in my logo to help way finding within the space using arrows created with the line to show where too next.

I also made a leaflet in indesign using a map of where the museum is and making a pin to show where my exhibition was located. I wanted to use the same system for my leaflet to make it easier to located where the exhibition was.

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