Monday, 28 March 2011

Assignment 5

Things that I am going to do to my blog:

1) Add a link to my twitter account.

2) Change font.

3) Change blog design.

4) Add more information about me.

5) Find more people to follow.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Assignment 5

The books that I have chosen to try and read over the summer are:

1) The Invisible gorrilla- By Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

I have mentioned this book in an earlier post, I think it is going to be an interesting read as it explains this such as, if a crime was happening right next to you would you notice it? And the interesting claim this book makes is that you would not. I can't wait to find out more about their theories.

2) Being Wrong- By Kathryn Shulz

I really want to read this as I find the author rather facinating. She claims to be the worlds leading wrongologist. The synopsis I have read of this book is really insightful. It shows us that why we find being right so gratifying and being wrong, so degrading. Being wrong is a result as to why some of our relationship can corrode and waste away. A quote from a blog I found really sold this book to me, if I am being utterly honest : "A brilliant debut from a new voice in nonfiction, this book calls on us to ask one of life’s most challenging questions: what if I’m wrong?"

3) The Laws of Simplicity- By John Maeda

This book seemed like a must read, as it gives us ten laws into seeing, doing and thinking things simple in terms of design. I think this will be very useful, hopefully, to apply this to my own work.

4) What is a designer: things, places, messages- By Norman Potter

From the reviews I have read on designers blogs that I have found, this seems to be a must read. From what they were saying it inspires you to work even harder at your work. Now in my opinion, that can't be a bad thing? Can it? So by sheer word-of-mouth, I have decided to check this book out.

5) The Design of everyday things- By Donald A Normal

I want to read this one, to help me with my textile designs. It shows us why and how we should design things. It is about putting the user first, i.e being user friendly.

Dainty and Delicate Inspiration....

At the moment, I am currently involved in doing a self-motivated project, which I have chosen to name Dainty and Delicate. My main source of inspiration is florals in particular roses and other delicate subject matters such as butterflies. Looking at a range of pinks, creams and soft greys as my main colour palette. A designer which caught my eye for this said project is Cath Kidston. I particularly like her simple yet effective floral designs. Here are a few examples of her works:

I am hoping that having these as part of my inspiration is going to take me on the right direction with my own designs. I love how some are not too over complax yet still really effective pieces of design. Also the colour palette merges almost with mine.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Discussion... Assignment 4...

Today I discussed with a fellow classmate that researched the same question as me, our findings. It was clear to both of us that the majority tended to value items based on their sentimental properties as they reminded them of a particular person or moment in their life. We also came to the conclusion that it will depend on the type of person you are what things you are more likely to value. But if you go deeper into that area, it probably has alot to do with how you have been brought up and what you have learned to value most.
However some people do not value things for their sentimental value some value them because of what that object can do or possible how much it is worth in the "material world".

Friday, 18 March 2011

Assignment 4....

For all of my interviews I made sure that, the enviroment was relaxing for them, so to do this I interviewed them in surroundings that they were familiar with.

For instance the first response I got, from a female, aged around 50, was the item she treasure most was a silver watch that she received for her 21st birthday from her mother, who is now no longer with us. She valued this for the sentimental value it possesses.

The second response was from a male, aged also around 50, and the item that he treasured most was the values that his parents had given him. He also treasured his values given their sentimental properties.

The third response I received was from a female, age 21, and the thing she treasured most was her memories. She treasured these for their sentimental values. So losing her memory would be one of the worst things that she could think of to happen to her.

The fourth person I interviewed was female,age 20, and she treasured her laptop most. Reason as to why "cause I can do everything on it". It was also given to her as a gift by her mum and dad.

The kind of responses I got to my interviews varied upon person. No one gave the same answer.
So the conclusion I draw from this is that it depends on what type of person you are, to what things/items you treasure most. But the reason for the item being treasure is normally because of the sentimental value that it holds for them personally as it reminds them of certain person(s) that they hold close to their heart.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Interesting Website....

I checked out one of the websites that was recommended to me by a tutor through email and found the things that people are trying to do with textiles particularly interesting. What especially caught my eye was how they were merging technology and fashion. Here is the link:

Assignment 4...

For constructing the semi-structured interview, I decided that it would consist of three main questions.
Firstly, what item do you treasure most. Secondly, why do you treasure this item most?
And finally was this item given to you by someone? Other prompts could also be used if needed to get extra relevant information.
The main reason for the last question being important as to me when I was researching different items that are important to others, the main reason for alot of them being important is because of the sentimental value that it holds. The reason for it being sentimental I think probably has alot to do with either the person that gave it to you as a gift of sorts or the memories that are associated with the item.

Assignment 4...

Here is one of the consent forms that I made for them to agree to and sign:

Assignment 4...

At the weekend, I did some brainstorming as to what item people treasure most and why.
Here is a spider diagram of some that I came up with:

I looked at varioius different Items to which I know some of my friends and family treasure the most in their lives just by going on some previous conversations that I have had with them before this assigment even arose.

Sunday, 6 March 2011


I really found Bruno's "Push the boundaries", topic of choice to be particularly inspiring. It may have even made me want to continue on in my design field into the Master's as I really like the idea of designing for people to help them with their lives, in the way that Bruno is attempting to help the Blind.
The Master's seems really appealing as it is appears more about designing for others rather making designs that you like or your tutor likes and making them. I just love the idea about helping others to improve their quality of lives. I hope to one day be able to accomplish something which will achieve this because to me this sounds extremely satisfying.

Discussion Assignment 3...

As I have casually discussed this with several different people, we all seemed to mainly noticed the same sort of things at the bingo. Etiquette such as for obtaining pound coins for the mini cash you raise your note(s) in the air and the staff come to you and give you the money. Also we discussed the different sort of people we saw at the bingo. All of us seemed to focus into a couple of people that we noticed (that stood out to us) and we obsevered what they did and what their behaviour was. It was apparent to most who were the "regulars" at the bingo and who was "fresh meat".

The behaviour patterns were pretty much the same through out all bingo halls despite even if one is the Mecca Bingo and another is a Carlton Bingo. They all have an identical protocol which everyone follows. The "dress code" was also simmilar, casual/comfy with no real need to keep up with the current trends. If someone had come in smartly dressed up they would most likely stick out like a soar thumb.

On the way home from the cinema, my father and I discussed a book that he was wanting to get me which is relevant to what we are looking at with our observing experiments at the moment. I think it is called the "The Invisible Gorilla" by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. It is a psychology based book at discusses things such as if a brutal crime was happening right beside us would we notice it? It turns out the answer is probably no, which to me, I find this a little unnerving as I would like to think I would notice if someone was getting mugged or violently attacked, but the case isn't so.

So if this is the case when we are observing we are not going to notice all the important things going on surrounding us. This is probably a good reason why it is better to collaborate with people on observing practices, as others will see things that you will perhaps miss.