Monday, November 29, 2010

DesIgN tHeoRy BlOg post nO: 4

I was not able to attend class when we watched “The Genius of Design – part 2 –“Designs for living.”

Sunday, November 28, 2010

DesIgN tHeoRy BlOg post nO: 3

This week’s post: a summary of the documentary, “The Genius of Design – The Ghost within the Machine.”

In the first episode, The ghost within the machine, is all about the first generations of designers and the birth of the industrial design period.

From the generation where all design were manmade, made with a passion and feelings that resulted in a creative and beautiful design product.

We get an inside look at the manmade design workshops with Glass, Clay - with the making of clay vases with figures, and Iron with the process of making the famous Darby iron pot.

As Designer we need to design to meet the need of the world and that was the beginning of the industrial design period. The industrial machines made life easier for the worker, it was time for the design world to keep up with the rest of the world, and produce more for less! But did the machine replace labor?

Henry Fords, the Model T, the black car - designed for all and to last a life time. Is a great example of the industrial design process global issues of mass production, over production and consumption. One car took 12,5 hours to built by hand, with mass production it only took 93 min. With the success of the first car, everyone wanted it and also everyone got it, and that resulted in overproduction with the lesson that people want design that can change and improve.

Good Design is as little design as possible, innovative, useful, aesthetic, honest...

We live in a design world - for us - by us!!


One of the requirements to my BA Honors Degree is to write a thesis!! We are talking 8000 worlds, presentation date January 17 2011. So wish me luck!!

My working topic; "How to influence sustainable architecture and the environment through the use of the roof"

I will look at the history of green roofs, from the Hanging Garden of Babylon to the 21st-centuries modern green roofs. The technical aspect of who green roof are built, divided into different categories, how the different climate influence the use of green roofs and why green roofs are important in an urban setting, benefits and disadvantages, look at possibilities in the future and last I will do a couple of case studies. So if anyone knows about any green roofs in the Dublin area (also areas from Oslo down to Gothenburg) let me know!! Thanks :o)

Here are some inspirational pictures of green roof around the world, enjoy!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

DesIgN tHeoRy BlOg post nO: 2

This weeks´ topic: How do we talk about design?

The question of the week: post any design (interior, building or a product) that illustrates each of the de

sign principals and elements.

The awareness of what the design elements and principles are, is the first step in the direction of a great and successful design.

The design elements are: Form, Shape, Color, Texture, and Light.

The Design Principles are: Proportion, Scale, Balance, Unity/Variety, Rhythm, and Emphasis.

The design principles are used to arrange or organize the design elements.


Design principles and elements in Tadao Ando`s Church of Light.

The room is very balanced with the symmetrical feeling in the design. The color, material and texture on the light concrete walls and ceiling creates a unity, and against the heavy dark timber floor and furniture, the contrast of light and dark within the room creates a rhythm and a variety.

The design of the four rectangular forms that creates the shape off a cross together with it proportion and scale, creating a feature by letting natural light get through it and making this truly an emphasis design.


The use of light, different shapes and form create a building with proportion. The design on the buildings facades creates different proportion between the white shapes and the same shapes used on the windows in s darker color. Light has been used to improve the main feature on the facades, which also create rhythm.


The bronzed door is an example of the design principle - Scale. The doors are in an bigger scale than a normal door, as well as together by the use of a different texture on the doors the building gets variety and the doors become one of the main features on the buildings facades.


The symmetrical design creates balance and unity within the church interior design. Skylight, colors and light create a cross in the ceiling. This makes the interior reflect the main purpose of the space, with a relaxing, balanced and united feeling.


The rhythm and variety in this image is created by the use of different colors and shapes.


The emphasis in this image is created by the bull painted on the wall. The bull gets a special attention due to the rest off the room, the lady and the cabinet in pink has all an elegant and classic look.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

ThIs WeEKs Cad cLAss..

This weeks work in cad,
repeat_ adding materials, light and furniture in 3D Max.

Last week in CAD, we learned how to make an animation film
in 3D Max, will try to get that out soon too...