Design Studio: Spectacular Spectacles

 

 

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To-do list:

  • Elaborate on each virtue as outlined in the audience paragraph, i.e. minimalism.
  • Add 2 (1) more images of glasses to Padlet and elaborate on how and what aspects had inspired you and your design.
  • Curate at least 6 images with annotations for general inspiration that came to you during your first sketches, and when further along with the project, how they regard to your user and product.
  • Create an additional 2 point perspective drawing of the final design.
  • Draw an additional 2 drawings, one isometric, one a 2d overview, both for the design of circular glasses.
  • The paragraph before ‘Reflection’ requires further elaboration on Precious plastics, especially their mission statement.
  • Further adding onto how previous assignment had inspired you to use recycled plastics along with certain products.
  • Characteristics of how your particular user had impacted your designs, not only their glasses but their style. Example being certain video games or popular brands and the ideologies and image that come with them.
  • Further elaboration on arms iterations, (*relate back to personal anecdote and experience*nts).

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Audience: 

For my target audience, originally, on the first day of our project, I had ventured out to seek the opinions of my closest friends regarding their interests, preferences, and inclinations for products specifically for technology; I scantily outline this in my padlet however, as I proceeded along with my project, I started to create it with a broader audience in mind, making the design more accessible. Conclusively, I had landed on my audience being those of whom, older than a tween, being who the best suited for my design; quite a large demographic. Henceforth, I had continued to design my glasses with these virtues in mind: Simplicity, accessibility, comfort, and minimalism. After engaging in conversations with people about what they appreciate in a product, these are the virtues in which they believe in the most; I think through keeping these aspects in mind, I will achieve in creating a proper pair of spectacles, specifically for my user.

*My Following Report Will be in Chronological Order*

Made with Padlet

Sketches:

For our first days working on this project, we were asked to first gather an idea of glasses that already exist and any preferences our audience or user have towards products or glasses. Below are the first concepts of glasses that I thought was worthwhile and a mindmap of the key terms I had gathered from surveying my friends; through this, I had begun to grasp a vague idea of the project that I was to follow.

(Inspirations on Padlet, Refer to the bottom of page*)

 

During this stage in our design process, we were still online; hence, we focused heavily on the techniques within visual arts, such as isometric and two-point perspective sketches. Below are some sketches I did, documenting the process of this discovery.

These are my first attempts at drawing glasses with the techniques of isometric, two-point perspective, and 2d overview sketches.
For my first isometric drawings, I had drastically over-estimated the dimensions of said glasses, and I ended up having to draw another rectangle within the sketch. Furthermore, the arms of the glasses were askew when compared with one another; hence, when I continued with my next sketch, I had kept in mind certain aspects to pay specific attention to, such as the size of the glasses with regard to the rectangle and making sure it would fit comfortably. Moreover, my sketch of the 2d glasses was also troubled with the same issues, the size and dimensions of the glasses were off, and the front-facing view does not corroborate with the rest of the design.

For my final drawings, I wanted to focus on my final designs, so all these drawings will be of the glasses I would have picked for my final designs. For my 2 dimensional drawings, as aforementioned, I wanted to make sure that the dimensions will be the same within the drawing, so I made sure the glasses from all angles would fit within the confines of each section; top, side, front. For my three dimensional drawings, I wanted to make sure they were neat and did not have any untidy or jagged lines. After I was done, I had removed the rectangle for the isometric drawing, so when I was done, only glasses were left, visible in the image below.

Adobe Illustrator(Will Elaborate): 

 

 

When we made the transition from online back to campus, we also started to turn our sketches; our design into Adobe Illustrator files for laser cutting. Before we could directly get to cutting and designing our prototypes, you must learn syntax before you can write an essay. Hence, we had 2 lessons where we began to learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, including the pen tool, vanishing points and more. Below are images of my progress through learning with the pen tool.

*Switch to Personal Computer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is where we began to create our designs. Initially, when I created my design for prototyping, there was a problem, when I had reflected the design, there was an imperfection within the bridge of the glasses, with consultations to Mr Griffin, that was properly remedied by the joining of the two points, not only an extension of the lines but a merge between them. Along with this, minor changes were also added, such as smoothing out the lines, and the addition of these two circles, of which I was inspired by the exhausts of large trucks and how there are sometimes two are on either side.

 

 

 

Here was my design finalised for my first prototype, apparent in the prototype images below. I had originally cut only the frame of the glasses as I had ran out of time for that lesson, then cut the arms after designing them the following lesson.

The image directly below depicts iterations of the arms of my glasses,

 

Below are the final design for my glasses. Through prototyping a second time I had changed only a few minor things, primarily the dimensions, from those fitting an 8-year-old to those of whom, older than the age of 12, as aforementioned in my audience paragraph. Along with this, I had decided to add a folding aspect to my glasses, like the glasses I have mentioned in my padlet above ^. However, for this unit, we, unfortunately, do not have access to the hinges required to make such a design, so I had to only conceptualise the concept by cutting the middle, and glue it together to show a concept of the design, once again, the photos of which, are below. Additionally, one minor, minuscule thing I had changed was the change of cutting the circles to etching them, but sadly there was an error with the files, so my final designs all included cut circles, the only one being etched being my second prototype, nonetheless, a small problem.


Prototypes:

The folded glasses is the second prototype, of which when assembling the arms, it broke, forcing me to only show them in a “folded” position, furthermore, the changes I had made during the prototyping process are outlined above.


Final Design: 

The three images below depict a concept of multi-folding component glasses, as aforementioned.

 

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This image is of the construction, a “BTS” of sorts, concerning the creation of the concept above, I had first attached each half of the arms to one another, then to the frames, to depict half the model, after that, glueing then on top of each other, portraying the concept I had imagined.

 

 

*Last class –

This picture is of my final design, unassembled, as it came to me today, but sadly I had run out of time to assemble them and was only able to take a photo. This design also required further tweaking, and sanding on the sides of the edge, particularly for the segments made of recycled materials for glueing.

Required Further tweaking to glue

Last Class*

Furthermore, for my final design, I decided to include an aspect of sustainability. For my design, I have printed two pairs of glasses, one being regular black acrylic, another composed of hard recycled plastic, with the help of Precious Plastics. Subsequently, for my final pair, the frame will be made of acrylic, while the arms of recycled plastic, ending up in these two materials wonderfully complementing each other, perhaps, even making them special.

*Images of the final products below:

Reflection:

Questions:

How is your final design concept an effective response to your user? What makes this design successful?

What went well with your process and product? What would you improve if you had more time? What will you do differently next time, and why?

I think, all in all, considering all the difficulties of between going online then the transition back to campus, amidst this disorder, I like to believe that I have advanced with the design process whilst improving vital skills in illustrator and procreate. If given the opportunity and time, I would like to endeavour through the process of producing a product of genuine innovation and ingenuity. Nonetheless, considering the pure patience and aptitude required to do so, I believe I have met my own standards of design considering the confines of this project.

As Mr Griffin has said, my glasses are not exactly “Innovative”; however, I would like to challenge that prospect by saying, yes, my glasses, though orthodox, are a staple of nobility by virtue of their simplicity. Steve Jobs once said, “It is humility [that] behoves all of us to remember that simplicity is the sign of greatness, and meekness is the sign of true strength.” This uncomplicated design has prevailed through generations, and not without good reason; if this design were ineffectual in its ability to function as a pair of glasses, then it would have been long replaced; this is the nature of our world. To conclude, I believe that though conventional, these glasses have met my criteria for success, both for functionality, design and that of my user.

 

 

Additional Links:

 

Padlet (WIP): https://isbeijing.padlet.org/kunwaiericho/50ypmx735yun890o

 

3 thoughts on “Design Studio: Spectacular Spectacles

  1. You covered each of the requirements of the blog post, you showed a lot of great drawings in your blog, this evidence is a good proof of your continuous improvement in the learning process. At the same time, your photos are great, they show the characteristics of your design very well, and let us have a better understanding of your finished products. But I think it will be better if you can analyse the personality of your target audience in more detail.

  2. Hi Eric,
    Congratulations on an excellent design outcome! Your final product is super refined and professional. Your process and reflection is authentic. In the future, you can improve by generating a wider range of ideas at the beginning of your project. You should also try to show your specific audience more clearly and visually. Please also try to manage your time a little better as I can see that you had planned to add more information to your blog post but ran out of time!

    Overall an excellent result, thanks.

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