So I don’t forget…

I have to remember this from somewhere along the research stage,

During the time of the industrial revolution, designers started focussing their furniture design on the ‘want’s of the people.

The furniture was designed for individuals as oppose to groups therefore encouraged people to become more distant from others, enjoying their own ‘private’ space as this was a luxury after baring the cramped conditions at this time.

Now in the 21st Century, when using many designs i.e. bus stops, tables, sofas, environments, spaces…people are now uncomfortable with people that they don’t know.

So with the design I am working on, my concept is aimed at allowing people to have their own space(as this is proved to be crucial) whilst sharing their space with other people, in a way that is subtle and takes away that forceful element of leaving their comfort zone by standing/sitting next to someone they may not know.


Aesthetic Consideration

I have designed a table top however I now need to research/decide what the rest of the table will look like for the exhibition. Something simple that will not distract from the main design. I will keep it simple and I will have to take as little time as possible on this part… is a nice conceptual example I have come across so far.

first formal chat…with the engineer

I am of to have dinner with a masters electrical engineering student from my university. I need to find out:

How can I let these lights sense people using the table? How can I get the lights to have a sequence that will connect from on persons space to the next and how can the whole table eventually glow when the table full?

These are some photos from testing wood with basic LED lights to see what effects these two materials can create…

Designing Personal Space in a Crowded World

Designing Personal Space in a Crowded World.

This article I have found is inspiring at this stage of my project. I started to wonder where to look because my project is very theoretical and is a result of my own experiences and observations. I never thought too much about personal space in the future and the possible need for it then…at least now I can think about this more.

Conceptual thinking in a prototype.

I am working on a prototype at the moment. It is so simple. It is a basic pole.

I want to use it to test people in captive environments where it will stand. The first test I am going to do is simply use it as a table. Somewhere people will gather around the pole to drink hot/cold drinks. The pole will also act as a sketch pad to gather thoughts and answers to questions written on it. The reason for this is to firstly attract people to the pole and allow them to engage with it, because it is not a normal table…it is new and unexpected in this captive space. Secondly I will be observing how people interact with each other around this pole and compare the results to a normal captive environment with real tables and see how this pole has created a change in interaction.

After the first experiment (drawing on the pole and answering questions), I will test the users more and use different forms and materials and ask the users to do things ie. connect with a stranger through simple forms using the props provided but still using the pole as a base(for comfort?) I will use straws, cups etc to test the users to see how they interact with the opposing user at the pole. This will allow me to see first hand how people choose to interact with each other and from the experiment. I will look at the fun factor and the how comfort can be introduced to 2 strangers through such simple tasks and forms.

The result will be added to my initial design concepts which I will take further in my project. Watch! This space! For videos, photos and results of the experiment which will take place on Monday in the small University cafe.


Facebook in real life.

I recently deleted my Facebook, the main reason being that I was getting distracted and felt like it was taking up a lot of my time. Since deleting it, I have realised that I don’t actually need it. Not knowing about what everyone is doing constantly puts my mind and my focus directly on my work and my own life. Deleting it has made me aware of what I need to do and what is and isn’t important in terms of doing well (at this point, my final year off study) and allowed me to do a substantial amount of work compared to before where I was constantly checking my notifications. Anyway this video I found shows us how obscure it would be to do the things we do constantly within our cyber-selves. Facebook has created a behaviour that doesn’t seem normal in real life: one that wouldn’t be socially accepted in the physical world.

Connecting through a table. Simple?

Raphael Charles- multiple table

I came across this table by Raphael Charles, and it gave me sudden inspiration. The table is connected through a magnetic field and can be adjusted and put into other shapes. The thought this image left in my head was if someone can bring something to the table (like a table leg/ post) then it may be possible that they leave having met a friend (someone else who used the table also)…back to sketching.