Basic course Calculus
Calculus had influence on my design process in the way that I started earlier to think if my ideas were mathematically seen possible to realize. I also created a broader view upon the possibilities of designing and the technics to realize an idea.
“Considering all deliverables and results, your level of understanding, skills and overall development in Calculus is adequate. In your reflection, you had the possibility to place what you have learned in a broader context. You have done this in a special way with your own view.” – C. Rusch-Groot (tutor).
By doing the course I also developed a few competencies. I learned that mathematics can be applied if your environment is changing; by observing the change, but also by creating a reaction (DMM). I also discovered the importance of spaces, planes and areas in my designs (FS), which I also can apply in 3D-modeling.
Basic course Physics
In second basic course Physics my goal was to broaden my knowledge of mathematics and to get used to some more applications in the field of design. I recognized applications of the theorem of physics at some moments in the project and I applied this theorem. For example, when we had to come up with a working system for the prototype in the project, I used physics.
To get to know the competency framework of the study, I followed the starting assignment DG000 in which the general content of all the competencies was explained. Moreover, we did for all competencies a small assignment related to the project. For example, we were searching for a material we could use in the realization of the concept. I did not look at the functionality of the concept, but I looked at materials around me and I linked their aspects to the functionality. It gave me a good inside in the content of Form and Senses.
After this assignment, I have a clear view of the general content of each competency and I have already discovered some for interesting links between some of these competencies.
Assignment DG490 – Design History in Global Perspective
Assignors: J. Kint and M. Versteeg
To have a good start and a good view on this study for the upcoming years, it is very important for me to get to know design of the time we’re living in. One of my goals for this assignment was to create a general view of what kind of design has been made in the past and their influences on today’s design. I was also interested in relations between designs during this period. Moreover, I wanted to develop a more profound vision, adapted on the design world around me.
I think the most important thing I learned by doing this assignment was that I see now more the relation between a vision and the world his developments and needs.
Every week, four topics of design history were presented by the students. They often explained first the developments in the world apart from the design and that was useful. When examples were showed in the presentation, I could link these developments and needs in the world to the designs. I learned that, each week, the topics become closer and closer to each other, because the styles become more recent, and I could relate more and more styles to each other. That is why I learned that all styles would come forth by each other and all will influence each other.
We also had to visit two museums, the Rietveld Schröderhuis and the Groninger museum, and we had to design an object which would perfectly fit the style of the designer and the atmosphere of the museum.
For the design for the Rietveld Schröderhuis, I created a wall which becomes a chair or a chair which becomes a wall. By this, I refer to the importance of lightness and space in Rietveld his style. I would describe the manner I integrate this part of Rietveld his vision in my design as the following: creating nothing out something and creating something out nothing. This refers again to his vision on the lightness and space, but also to his vision on the functionality of things in the house. When the chair of my design is usable at some moments, it could be unfold, but when it has no functionality, it could be removed in the wall.
“Very interesting design! You spent a lot of time to develop the design in several iterations.” – J. Kint and M. Versteeg.
For the design for the exhibition Funtastico of Jaime Hayon in the Groninger museum, I created two kinds of walls with at both sides an opening where the visitors will enter the exhibition. Each wall is formed by several big plates which are attached to the ceiling. The plates can go up and down, so when they go down, there is a wall, and when they go up, the wall will disappear. Hayon his vision stems from the moving walls, which refer to entering a new unknown world, which is also related to his interest in surrealism. This surrealism is also visible in the drawings of his works on the plates of the walls.
“Another great design! You translated the exhibition in an appropriate and well considered entrance.” – J. Kint and M. Versteeg.
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