This is a mould board we had to produce as part of our new Design Vis project

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More of the project will go up as it happens

As part of our contemporary design module we went on a class trip to Holland visiting Amsterdam, Delft, Eindhoven and based ourselves in Rotterdam. This was a great experience and a well worth while trip. On the first two day myself, Iain and Ronan ate in a restaurant called Bazar. We were just strolling around the streets looking for somewhere to get lunch and we stumbled across Bazar It was so vibrant and unique. On entering the restaurant I knew it was somewhere I would never forget the atmosphere and décor were just so unique and it had character which most restaurants these days lack as allot seem to be carbon copies of each other.

Bazar

Bazar

The lighting in Bazar

The lighting in Bazar

Whilst over in Holland as well I noticed there was  no cider and me being a cider drink initially found this a bit of a bummer. However unlike here in Ireland they have a huge selection of beers which are actually nice and all taste different, I am no beer connoisseur but these were really tasty beers. Its kind of ironic that the only picture I have of my favourite beer is on a Heineken beer matt.

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On the 3rd day we visited Eindhoven, the Philips museums and Philips head quarters. After this we went for food in a real classy restaurant called USINE the attention to detail in this place was one of the best I have ever seen and the food was pretty good as well. The pictures below explain best but a little background info first, the first picture is of a design cut out in every table in the restaurant and the second is of a biscuit served with the coffee.

Design on side of every table

Design on side of every table

Biscuit served with coffee

Biscuit served with coffee

Attention to detail on a new level.

Whilst on the trip to Holland we had a talk from  Jon Mason & Dzmitry Aliakseyeu this was very interesting and opened my eyes to many new ideas. One such being how different shades of light can effect you mentally and induce different chemicals and hormones to promote sleep or energise the body. And the product that did all this is the HUE light this is a truly magnificent feat of design and new approach to just boring light bulbs. When I got home I decided to do a bit of my own research and I found this image below to be very informative and most of all pretty dam cool.

Also here is a link to the HUE advert on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD62Wpogi1s

http://www.webpagefx.com/blog/web-design/psychology-of-color-infographic/

Today I Created this poster using photoshop  for a friend who has started a new music group called ClUB HAU5.

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And here is a prototype of an event poster only thing is I’m finding it hard to get the writing to pop or stand out if any one has any ideas or thoughts feel free to let me know.

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During the week I saw this video on YouTube and I feel it relates well to the project we are doing at the minute for Noel Joyce. The project being to find a problem/bad user experience in every day life and develop a solution that will solve this problem whilst creating an enjoyable user experience. Initial cranberries used to be hand picked which was a time consuming and costly process. However a solution to this problem was derived and can be seen clearly in this video. The fields are now flooded and the berries are mechanically removed from the plants. As the berries are removed the float to the top off the water. This results in the collection of the berries being sped up exponentially whilst also creating a more user friendly harvest .

This video also has some class video footage check it out.

Over the past week or so as part of Design Visualisation we had to draw the iPhone 5 on illustrator and then transfer it into Photoshop where it was rendered. Below are images of my creations, Bare in mind that I am still relatively new to these packages however personally I think they are very good. Comments are welcome good, bad or indifferent and if anybody has any tips or tricks they would like to unveil feel free to do so.

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iPhone 5 in illustrator

These cars were looked at and marketed as the new direction for the motor industry to go. The video below was first shown in a theatre in May 21st, 1948. They used the aircraft industry for new materials and aerodynamic principles which led to these cars being able to reach speeds in excess of 100 mph. These cars also took a new look on form as the moved away from big bulky bruisers of that time like the cadillac’s and chevrolets.

Were these manufactures completely out of line with their theories? No they were not because if you look at the super car market of today they use a lot of  these principles to create magnificent cars that still use a lot of technology which is sourced from the aircraft industry as well as F1. For example the Koenigsegg  CCXR has a Carbon fibre with aluminium honeycomb chassis and integrated fuel tanks for optimal weight distribution and safety. Similar to what is found in the wing of a plane.

Koenigsegg CCXR

This relatively cheap lego milling machine and the 3Doodler combined could create a perfect 3D printer for hobbyists and students on a budget

On Thursday last during our Contemporary Design Culture we carried out an observation study on the tea/coffee ritual. Below is my account of the stages and observations I made during this process. Upon entering the spar located in the courtyard I walked over towards the 3 coffee machines which were located in the back corner of the store. There was a person using each machine 2 of which were women, one getting a small latte the other getting a large black coffee both put in the sugar whilst their drinks were still coming out of the machine. They both also used the full fat milk which they poured from a stainless steel jug. At the 3rd machine was a middle aged man getting a small black coffee however he did not take milk or sugar. I queued behind this man as I reckon he would be the fastest but for some reason he felt as if I was trying to rush him so he kept turning around and look at me as if I was going to rob him. All three struggled with putting the covers on the cups and also as the cups were hot they all put a heat shield on their cups. As the middle aged man eventually left the middle machine I stepped up to the machine and picked up a large cup and placed it onto the stainless steel mesh tray which was half full of tea and coffee spills. There was 4 beverages to choose from latte, black coffee, white coffee and hot water. I choose a large latte and like the women before me I poured in 2 paper sashays of sugar whilst the latte was coming out of the machine. I then took my cup and put a drop of full fat milk into it before putting on the plastic lid which was hard to know when it was fully on. I then proceed to the queue where I waited for about 2 minutes to pay I began to find that the cup was quit hot in my hard just about bearable at the finish. After paying 2 euro I proceed out to the court yard where I sat on the circular timber benches which were very uncomfortable. Whilst drinking from my paper cup I noticed that there was a little defect in the lid which touched my nose every time I drank this was very irritating and made the whole experience less enjoyable. Before I knew it the Latte was gone which in my opinion wasn’t money for value.

On the 19th of February we had a talk from a guest speaker Cathal. Before this talk we were asked to do our own bit of research into to Cathal and what he is all about. During my research I began to understand the calibre of designer that Cathal was and how valuable this guest talk was going to be. However the one thing I did notice was that I hadn’t heard of design partners before I looked up Cathal and for a company that has designed so many internationally renowned products I found this unusual.

On the day on the talk my first impressions of Cathal were that he was just an ordinary man he didn’t dress over the top in your face just a simple dress code. The one thing that caught my eye however that set him apart from other ordinary dressers was he had a beautiful watch. It was entirely black with only a white face it was simplistic but ever so elegant. This set the tone for the talk as he began to engage with us and explain how himself and design partners perceive good design. Products must be minimalistic but “generous” he said for the consumer likes to get more then they expected, it also needs to be the best and sheer class, initially in design partners this alone sold the products. Cathal then went on to say this is no longer the case as the market changed and for a product to be a world leader it now needs a “story” along with all the other factors. According to Cathal the story creates a relationship with the consumer that worlds and image alone can not. A story tells a million words whilst also appealing to the masses and as he said a”story is never wrong”.

Cathal highlighted to me that to be a top class designer you don’t need to dress like Karim Rashid or act all airy fairy but instead be your self and let your work talk.