With the beginning of the new semester comes the beginning of a new phase in the design process – time to make all the research and insights gathered in first semester come to fruition.
Chris and Graham have set us a little task to turn our People Design Technology cabinets into a few pages that make our ideas a bit more coherent which we will the present to smallish groups. I think it will help me to recap on everything I did before Christmas and to summarise on the parts most relevant – from their I can begin to look forward to what my next steps will be. Before I can start bringing it all together I need to understand what it is and why it is the way it is.
What is my design?
Chairs inspired by places in the Western Isles.
What will it do?
The chair will create an experience for the user allowing them to get a sense of the place it is inspired by and the story attached to it.
Who is it for?
Anyone who is interested in the story behind objects or it could be for people who already have an affinity with the place.
Where is it use?
What can I say here? It will be used anywhere a chair is used. Maybe in the home?
What will it look like?
This is a difficult question to answer; the appearance will largely be defined by the place in terms of colour, texture and shape. I will aim for a more modern look rather than something traditional.
If you’ve been following this project you’ll know my interest started with the Harris Tweed industry and the people involved in it: crofters, weavers, mills, designers and consumers. After visiting the Western Isles to try and meet these people I became more interested in the land and the role it plays in Harris Tweed. They say the cloth comes from the land and nobody proves this better than Ian Lawson in his stunning photographs. He shows that the colours and patterns are influenced by nature. This made me wonder; can this idea be translated into a product in such a way that the user can really appreciate it.
While I was on the island, I tried my best to capture the landscape on my camera. I also tried to capture certain sounds that may be characteristic of the island; the waves, the wind, the clickety clack of a loom. Posting these videos up on Facebook resulted in interesting reactions from island native who have since moved elsewhere; mostly nostalgia. There’s definitely something in that and I really want to capture that in my final product. I want it to evoke these reactions the same way the photos and videos do.