Modelling Summative – Product Design

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Overall, when taking on this project, I chose to imitate the style of designer Philippe Starck and design three lamp models over two different mediums, clay and tinkercad. I did this because Starck’s design style is unique and creative, and I thought that carrying those ideas to a different medium would benefit the outlook on lamps. I used tinkercad to utilize online 3D sculpting to create the products by combining various shapes. Regarding clay, I took advantage of the capabilities to create curves and different thicknesses and more unique shapes.

VADT Logo& Branding Project

1. Images of your mind maps

2. 24 Initial design ideas

3. 18 Design development

4. Colour choices/swatches, with hexadecimal numbers

5. Screenshot of the iPad showing the layers for your black & white logo

6. Screenshot of the iPad showing the layers for your colour logo

7. Final black & white logo.jpg

8.Final colour logo.jpg

9. Reflection:
My logo reflects who I am because it shows my hobbies and interests, all while depicting my view on life. It shows that not only do I enjoy music, it shapes how I view everything else. It shows how I view other interests, all flowing together in my life, like music.
Three words to describe my logo: Contrast, movement, shape. I used these words because I utilized contrast by choosing to draw in white over a black background, rather than the usual which is the other way around. For movement, my choice to draw curved lines all pointed diagonally upwards shows movement throughout my logo, onwards and upwards! And as for shape, I think my use of big circles in contrast to the small lines highlights the key moments in my logo.

What part of the process did you enjoy the most? The technical/digital or hand drawn aspect?
I think that the process I enjoyed the most was the technical/digital aspect, I think that although I enjoy drawing on paper, drawing on my iPad was a new and fun experience. I think that I found it easier because I prefer the aesthetic it provides, it makes the drawings very clean and modern looking.

What were the pros and cons of drawing by hand and on the ipad
A pro, as stated above, was I enjoyed the process more. I liked being able to easily adjust and make changes to my progress, without disrupting other aspects of the piece. For example, if I did this project on paper, it would probably be ruined by eraser marks. However, a con to the project was I feel I chose the wrong software to use. I found it difficult to navigate and control, so I often found myself irritated at the app.

Do you actually like your logo?
In all honesty, although I don’t necessarily dislike my logo, if I were to do the project again, I would probably go in a different direction. I think that it reflects me well, but I would prefer a different style. But I’m still proud of it!

Contour Still Life summative

• What are some of the key elements that made you decide on the chosen composition?
I liked how the two chalices were similar but different. They were similar in the sense of the basic shape, but they were so different with detail so they were both interesting in their own ways. I thought it made my image very unique, but still satisfying.
• What is the focal point of your piece?
The focal points of my piece are the two chalices, they’re the focal points because they line on the lines of the thirds going vertically.
• What were some of the techniques you used to make the objects look 3 dimensional and how do you feel you were successful in achieving this?
I made the outline of the big objects thicker, and kept the details thinner. I think I was successful in achieving this because it added necessary contrast between the overall shape versus the finer details. The eye first goes to the shape, then the detail, so it’s the same as if looking at the object in real life.
• What were some of the main challenges you had when working on the piece? 
The main challenges I had were the small details, but also going with the flow. Being a perfectionist is tough because I want to focus on every small thing before looking at the big picture, so it was hard to first to an overall sketch, then work smaller, rather than do both the big and small at the same time.
• How did you overcome these challenges?
I overcame these challenges by just relaxing and enjoying the environment I’m in. Although virtual school is not ideal, especially for the art summative. However, a benefit to the project was that I was able to work in an environment that I’m more comfortable, so I wasn’t so uptight when drawing. Therefore, I was able to enjoy the process more rather than stress about everything.
• What are your top 3 tips for next year’s students doing this project?
First one is to go with the flow, nothing is going to look perfect at first, so just take everything with a grain of salt. Second, enjoy the process, I never thought I would enjoy drawing as much as I have, so really just take the new experience in. Third, don’t stress the small stuff, the drawing isn’t supposed to be perfect, it’s the first one of the year, so therefore use it getting comfortable.
• How have you grown as an artists
I have not only grown in my knowledge of art, but also in my appreciation of it all.
• Was the journey (project) relatively easy or hard? and why?
For me, it was relatively hard, and although I enjoyed the process, I found it difficult to go in a different process than what I would personally do. I would have done it bit by bit, instead of doing it all in pencil then all marker. Also, since I’m relatively new at art, it was just pretty difficult to draw the objects.
• Which techniques did you try, and which did you feel were successful, and which were not so successful?
Techniques I tried included rule of thirds as well as changing the thickness of certain parts. I felt that although the rule of thirds kind of applied in my drawing, because my objects were parallel to the vertical lines, they didn’t have important features at the intersection points, so it didn’t really work. However, I think that changing the thickness was successful in the overall image and helped make the objects look more 3 dimensional.
• How do you think you could improve on your final Still Life Contour Drawing?
I feel like if I added a black background behind the plant, it could’ve helped add more contour.

VADT Foundation reflection – Gesture drawings

You are to choose four drawings, what should your criteria for selection be? List your criteria.
Good proportions
Proper angles
Realistic features
Identifiable pose
I have chosen drawings 3, 6, 8, 9

Why these, How did they meet the criteria
They met the criteria because the bodies have good proportions when it comes to the limbs, there are no features that are unrealistically big or small, the angle is correct so they don’t look distorted, and the viewer is able to see what they are doing.

Select your first drawing, then three others, that shows the changes that happened.
On my first drawing, my angles were very off and the shoulders were drawn in a distorted way. Then for drawing 2, while my angle was okay, my proportions for the body were very miscalculated. For drawing 4 it was still a little off with the proportions. And finally, with drawing 9, I was able to fix both of those learning curves.

Reflect on your journey and your learning as you experimented with gesture drawing.
It was quite confusing at first, and I had no idea what to do, but I gradually became more comfortable with it and it became a lot of fun.

In what type of situation would you use gesture drawing?
Just a quick sketch, not needing to add details but just needing to capture a pose.

Thinking back over the lesson, what have you learnt?
I have learnt about how I should start with the head, then the spine, then highlight the main parts of the body such as the elbows and knees before moving onto the hands and legs. I have also learnt that gesture drawings are quick and it’s okay if they’re not neat.

Blind Drawing Reflection

“I developed my art making skills.”
Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?
I learned the basics of bling drawing and how normally the pen isn’t taken off the paper, so the art is created through one continuous line.

Did you gain skills with familiar materials?
I gained skills with the use of the markers and how the widths of the tips affected how the final product looked.

“I take risks.”
Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?
I am not very confident in my art abilities as a whole, so being told to draw without looking made me a little nervous. However, I tried my best at blind drawing, and I not only mean drawing my hand, but also having to do a blind self portrait was something new.

Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?
A new technique for me in this project was drawing blindly but by feeling. Having to do the blind self portrait forced me to try something I had never done before, which was do it basically completely blind, in the sense where I couldn’t even look in a mirror.

Architecture Write Up







Written Reflection:
2) Explain who your design is for. Who makes up the particular community? (You may have to do some research or think back to Ms. Chan’s talk)
My design is generally made for refugees. In particular, children. We have incorporated several playful aspects that are fun and designed for younger people. We have also taken the liberty to include classrooms and a library to make sure nobody is deprived of their education. The community also consists of parents, so in general, our community center is one for families to enjoy. We have outdoor areas along with a swimming pool for we know Hong Kong can get very warm.
3) Explain what your design is inspired by. What ideas and inspirations helped shape your design? Use specific examples from your model to share.
Our design wasn’t inspired by anything in particular. I was sick the day we started drawing the floor plans, and when I returned my partner had a completely different idea of what we were going to do and we later decided to stick to simplicity and modern architecture. Everyday architects are designing something new, and we are able to see the changes they have made over the years. They have started incorporating more glass into the buildings along with adding more skyscrapers. We decided to stick to the modern theme and built upwards because Hong Kong is a crowded place where open space isn’t easy to find.
4) Explain where you envision your design to be located (in Hong Kong) AND how that shaped your building design (Think back to Mr. Leung’s talk)
I envision our building to be somewhere where there are surrounding buildings, but not anywhere near Central or Causeway bay, for they are too busy. Somewhere around Sai Kung or Clearwater Bay where the air is cleaner and it’s not too busy.

5) Explain why your building is relevant. What needs are you meeting and how are you doing that?
Our building is relevant because refugees and finding places for them to stay is a problem in Hong Kong due to our limited space and growing population. In our design, we offer shelter, food and water, community space where people are allowed to stay and hang out, classrooms, places where literature is available and housing.

6) How are you addressing the need of beauty in your design? (How is your design contributing to making life more beautiful?)
Our design is definitely addressing beauty by having all windows surrounding the building and including a rooftop garden and pool. I think living in a beautiful place will definitely help with the feeling of comfort and safety.
7) What design element are your most proud of?
The design element I’m most proud of is we have a huge glass cylinder going up through the building. I feel we’re incorporating modern design with community. At the bottom on the ground floor, we plan to have the cylinder the main community area and have it stretch up to the ceiling to define the space and take advantage of it.
8) What design element needs further refinement and improvement?
The design element that needs improvement is the building itself. I wasn’t cautious enough with my measurements and the floor almost seems to be getting bigger the higher up it goes. Although it looks cool, I feel it would be more slick if it remained one rectangle going up.

9) In your opinion, how important is architecture? Provide a definition of architecture and explain its relevance in your life and in our society.
Architecture is the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings. It is relevant to me because living in Hong Kong I am always surrounded by buildings. Hong Kong is densely populated and not a very big island. In order for people to live here, the buildings we build have to go upwards in order not to take up too much space and still house many people. Being in Hong Kong means I travel quite often for it is a very international city. I travel all over Asia and get to experience different forms of architecture and how it changes due to culture and economy.


What is your topic and why did you choose it?
My topic is baking cupcakes and I chose to do it because I have a passion for baking and stretching my creativity.

Describe your experience so far: What challenges have you faced? Did you overcome those challenges?
Has your project changed since the beginning? If so, how?
I haven’t really faced any challenges yet, but it did change. I added in a website to display my work.

What are you proud of so far?
I am proud of the google forms I have created to get the feedback I need in order to move forward.

Do you feel creative when doing SML? If so, what are the conditions that help you to be creative?
Can you share any specific samples of your learning?

What have you learned about yourself as a learner? How do you learn best? Does the structure of SML help? Or is the structure frustrating for you?