COLLABORATION: Fine Tuning Ideas and Concepts

Sometimes too many chefs can spoil the soup. However, on this occasion this was not the case.

Jack, Jamie, Morgan and I spent the day discussing best practice, ways to improve the model, ideas to enhance the design and conceptualising the overall finish, not only of the Light, but of the Presentation Wall, material portfolio and the working Textile sample sketchbook.

Having never used CAD before, Jack and Jamie showcased their design to me, needless to say I was blown away by the advances of this software; 3-D viewpoints and a ‘blown-up’ diagram allowed me to view the component parts, allowing a step-by-step instruction for construction.

Our group tutorial with Clara @ 12:20 pm brought about an invaluable group crit on areas in which we were strong, and areas which we really needed to address. The design element was found to be strong, but she did pick up on the fact that the  Product Design boys had not yet made a physical model. Luckily they informed her that this would be tackled today and would be experimented with size and material.

Yes, we came across a few production issues:

  1. Unsightly joining edges when adhering glue to Acrylic
  2. Size of Acrylic sheets
  3. Finish of top and base
  4. Lighting structure in/around light
  5. How to install a transformer/dimming switch
  6. Cost of materials
  7. Size of structure
  8. How to incorporate the Surface Pattern
  9. Creating the Presentation Wall

This is how we addressed these issues:

  1. The joining of acrylic will me solved by the addition of wooden/metal cornering
  2. I have managed to find the acrylic in the size we require from Acrylic World, an online store
  3. The top and base will now be either wood or brushed steel (Product boys will find solution)
  4. The lighting will utilise LED strips mounted on a triangle ‘support’ central to the structure
  5. A dimming transformer cable will be sat in the base and a dimmable remote control will allow ambience from around the room
  6. The cost of materials will be added up and divided by the 5 of us in this group
  7. The size of the structure will be 1200mm (H) x 350mm (W)
  8. The Surface Pattern will be in the form of a print and stitch embroidered ‘triptych’, being showcased within 2 sheets of acrylic (keeping the fabric clean and dust free)
  9. The Presentation wall is a secret and will be demonstrated on the day : )

My task for the day? To secure each and everyones favourite aspect of the Surface Pattern element, and to set to work to make it a reality.

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