Following the group project, the next unit labelled Material and Emotional Values for Product Design is a perfect follow on that will demonstrate some of the key areas of interest I discovered within the previous unit, Contextualising Design Practice. In the conclusion of the previous unit, I wanted to explore the 3 E's in addition to my 3 C's: environmental, ecological and ethical design. I discovered that separating the ethics I preach on an everyday basic was false and made my design seem dishonest. If I was unwilling to purchase one of my own designs because of the material, manufacture, labour initiative and other conflicting factors, why would others want to do the same. I must address the need for responsible design.
I want to use vegan and environmentally appropriate materials and processes and alternative's to traditional quality materials such as leather. I want to continue the philosophy of C2C with products that were made for landmines and give back to the natural world it is intending to mimic.
Finally I want to continue with elements of critical but also speculative design and design fiction to continue to create an impact of some sort whether it be educational or inspire the desire for a change and act differently.
What I hope to gain from this unit
I am hoping to become more knowledgeable on materials and manufacture and understand their capabilities early on in the design stage, designing with constraints in mind. I want to explore both historical and contemporary (past & present) design to inspire my ambition but develop my own creative approach. I want to understand the psychology of why we love products... or hate them. Finally, I want to understand how my beliefs and values will continue to shape my design and question why I possess these opinions.
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