D.C: Furniture: Further development (4)

Wayfinding and Navigation.

Locating studios or even rooms can be difficult sometimes, and sometimes, when you lose track of time or focus, you can even forget which room you’re in.

So, as an idea, I would like to put forward to the group soon, I thought that the furniture could help indicate which room you’re in and this can happen with just the different choices of coloured tape you’ve planted on to the display furniture.

Above are a few examples I came up with, to see if this idea works, but in my opinion, the simple line seems to work better than the one with the arrow.

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D.C: Furniture: Development (3)

I had a re-think about the mock up designs, and among the blank backgrounds of our spaces, I figured out that it was hard to see the furniture example with in the space.

So, using photoshop, I tweaked it.

Besides that, I wanted to start working on some testing for mini-mock up prototypes of our displays. It was a bit frustrating thinking about how I was going to put together a wooden display, without any resources or equipment to do so, and it actually occurred to me, that I could utilise some old things I had lying around in the attic.

At first, I did start to test out some card board based ones to get a better idea of the concept.

I found some old picture frames, which I simply created some cardboard hinges for, and then try to put together by myself. While it was quite successful in getting it to how I wanted. I had to consider the other aspects, that I may need to pay more attention too.

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Such as possible captions to tell the viewer whose work belongs to who, and the interaction.

SO. I took a trip to my local store and bought some thicker frames, that were a tad smaller. It did start to get me thinking a tad more, as we could probably buy some AO sized display frames and do this method to create our display furniture?

But during the last test, I found out that we could put up to 16 people’s work, if it’s between A4 and A3 in size.

Although, when it came to following through with a similar design, but adding some more support for the clip area, we could possibly squeeze in an extra 3-7 more places, all depending on the size the work is and how it’s layid out.

Design Competition: Research (5) and Development (2)

This one was a little tough, due to I had to quickly think back to how this was going to work and I had to put all of the studio spaces in to consideration for this part of the research.

Although, as exhausting as this may appear to seem, I have learnt a lesson from this research. That I need to be very specific about what kind of furniture, tables or even stands I’m looking for, other wise I’ll end up spending a lot of time searching for it.

So, here are my following mood boards for the ideas I’ve come up with for furniture so far:

I thought that first, we could avoid using white, as all of our walls are white, and the second thing to address would be having the materials used or furniture being able to sit in the show, without drawing too much focus.

I started to consider the ways we presented the work from the previous years, and the success of that. I also think that it might be a money saver if we proceed by re-using those tables or some of the stands we already have in the studio for display.

Although, I found that we could probably use some big MDF or light plywood board and fasten it together into 4 panels and have it standing up so it can open up an expanded space for people to present work on.

 

Design Competition: SS// Research (4) and Development choices (1)

Type

Type in every single exhibition is important, as it’s used in so many different ways. Besides verbal communication, it can be used with narrative and can help to communicate an image. Type can also be used for signs, logos, posters, labels, captions and any other text based dialogue involved.

Handwritten type would help to bring the creator or studios work together as a collective. For example, the Give and Take’s current sign in Studio room.

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It can help bring a more welcoming atmosphere.

Or if we’re considering the readability of the type and wanting a more clear and presentable focus, then I’ve found some type that’s just as simple, welcoming and clear to see and read. It also isn’t too sharp, or harsh.

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Design competition: Summer show// Research: Language (2)

Going back to my brainstormed ideas, I wanted to extend it in consideration of my given role, which is to be considering which furniture and materials would be useful or would help aid the show.

Whenever I start to consider displays, I’m not sure where to start, but I started to recall how well laid out the previous summer show work was, when we were organising it and setting it up. Everything fit well in its place. It was able to bring the work together as a collective.

As our theme is language, sight often comes in to it, as we need our vision to see what we are viewing and what others are communicating to us. I need to take in to consideration of the space as a whole, and also as separate sectors, as it’s split off in our studio rooms.

Referring back to these images in particular in my pinterest finds, I found that they’re both different in terms of how the work is presented and how the furniture is used to help hold the work together.

For example,  (the left image) the little shelves underneath the posters on display are at a level that anyone can reach or look at the books or 3D work that is on them, while they also hold a connection to the presented poster piece. They’re also nicely tucked in and rounded off at the sides, to make sure it’s safe for those who are near it, so they don’t catch themselves.

While on the other image, the one on the right, it may be a little tough for the viewer to see the work up close, due to organisation and the smaller plinths in the middle may be difficult for those to navigate around. They also do not hold any connection or purpose to the gallery.

In terms of the furniture and materials used in the display, I will have to consider these in relation to our theme:

  • Presentation
  • The connection of how the furniture or materials are used to present the work to communicate the theme of language.
  • The cost of the furniture
  • What type of displays or objects can be used?
  • The safety and size of the furniture and materials used.

I would also like to consider some more creative approaches in how we can use some more cheaper materials and form it together our self, instead of paying a lot of money for a stand.