Yesterday [Thursday], I presented some of the research I had gathered on Environmental & Ecological design and watched eleven other fantastic presentations on the other design agendas/trends.
I like to present like I'm telling a story, a narrative almost, and take the audience why I choose to go certain ways and how I conduct my research. I find this make's it a little clearer to see why I come to my conclusions. I also don't like presenting with too much text. I prefer it visual with little text so I can narrate the presentation. Maybe I just like the sound of my old voice. Since I choose to present this way the physical presentation on it's own can be slightly confusing, therefore I have added the commentary. Enjoy.
Slide 1: I chose to research the design agenda or trend of Environmental and Ecological Design
Slide 2: I chose this subject area because I already have a great interest in sustainability and ecological design. One of the 3 'C's of CHESYGN is 'conscious' which relates to environmental consciousness.
Slide 3: ...and I have a few products that are centred around being more environmentally conscious. The first is 'zhu' which was related to a project where we selected an unsustainable material, I chose polyester, and replacing it with a more sustainable material creating a £40 give away product that would be handed out at design shows the new material's qualities. I chose bamboo and specifically bamboo fibres, and created a comfort and hygiene kit for long days at design shows. It included some scented insoles and a 2-in-1 flannel/carry case. It was to show bamboos anti-bacterial, absorbent and soft touch qualities.
The second was an education, sculptural piece called cycle that was a tumbling composter powered by a bicycle whose frame was inspired by Fibonacci's spiral that we see within many forms of nature. The piece was a fun way of teaching children and families about the reCYLE, biCYCLE, compost CYCLE and product life CYCLE as it was made from recycled materials including bike tires.
Will I stay with this design agenda? Ah. Now that is the question! I believe my main focus will be on environmental/ecological design but, as I mention at the end of my presentation, I am fascinated by the concept of biomimicry but more the functional side of biomimicry, and the aesthetics would be just a non-intentional bonus.
Additionally, I liked Formafantasma's focus on traditional style and traditional methods. So possibly looking into areas such as local/global design as well as possibly historic. All is up in the air, as of right now, so I think more research is needed and a tutorial with Dave to understand my final direction.
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