Furniture design: grade 8 design technology reflection

This recent unit in tech we had to create a chair made completely out of cardboard, tape and white glue. I was partnered with Miha and our target audience for the chair was teenage girls who like to go on their phones. I explain below the process of this unit.

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Miha and I asked 5 people from our target audience, which is teenage girl who use their phones/Iphones a lot, to answer our product test questions. Because our final chair wasn’t available to be tested, we had to change some of the questions so that it depending on the looks of the chair. Here is a table of the answers:

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I agree with most of these responses. I think that me and my partner focused more on trying to secure our chair and make sure it had everything we included in our plan and overall followed our product test and design specifications. As the people we asked to give feedback commented that our chair was not very aesthetically pleasing. I actually do agree with this, because as I said before we were focused on other things, although for the chair to look modern and good was part of the criteria. I disagree with the opinion that the chair looks balanced, the chair was actually slightly lifted on the side, but it was hard to see because of the angle the photo was taken. Apart from this I agree with all of the feedback we received.

Before designing our chair we created some design specifications that we used as guidlines when creating our chair. These are our must and must not specifications:

1. General: Our chair must be made from cardboard, tape and white glue.   

2. General: Our chair must not weigh more than 5kg.

Our chair was completely made out of cardboard, tape and white glue, but unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to to test how much weight it could hold. Because the chair was placed low to the floor the seat itself would be able to hold the weight, but the back would break.

3. Function: Our chair must be able to adjust to the person needs, for example being able to hold different objects.

4. Function: Our  chair must not be unbalanced.

Our chair was supposed to have easily accessible places to place your things, but after completing the proto-type and starting the chair it was very hard to do. It was not able to hold different objects, and it was only unbalanced by the box at the back of the chair, that contained the shelfs/open drawers.

5. Aesthetics/Originality: Our chair must look modern.

6. Aesthetics/Originality: Our chair must not look like peers designs.

I think that our chair did look pretty modern, but it also kind of looked like a beach chair. It didn’t look like any of my peers chairs, but everyone’s chair was completely different.

7. Safety/Comfort: Our chair must be stable and balanced.

8. Safety/Comfort: Our chair must not have cardboard pieces sticking out.

The chair was stable enough to sit in, but was still slightly unbalanced making it uncomfortable in some places. There were only cardboard pieces sticking out at the back of the chair, which is where we had most trouble.

9. Quality/Strength: Our chair must sustain the original quality after multiple people have sat in it.

10. Quality/Strength: Our chair must not collapse under the weight of an average 8th grade student (specifically a teenage girl)

We did not have the opportunity for multiple people to sit in our chair, but we did ask Marina (an average 8th great student, also part of our target audience) and the chair did not collapse once she had sat in it.

In the investigation stage we completed a lot of different things. To build up to the investigation stage we did a lot of research on art deco. Here are some of the things I researched:

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The first thing we did was design chairs that had art deco in them. After deciding on a target audience we interviewed people within that target audience to see what they wanted in a chair, and this was extremely helpful. After this I researched three questions that were relevant to the answers I received form the survey and would help create our chair. We then created a design brief that included design specifications, plan outline and product test. I think that I did well in investigation further into the questions we chose to research, because I included sources, drawings/diagrams and a lot of text. I could have created my design specifications better, because a lot of them were similar.

In the design stage my partner and I designed three different designs based on our survey and research/investigation. This included figuring out the dimensions and pro’s and con’s for each chair. After choosing the final chair we the went into more detail and I created a planometric drawing and Miha created a assembly drawing. I think I did well in designing chairs that fit my target audience, but I could have been more accurate with the dimensions.

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The next step was creating a quater size prototype, this was for our plan stage. I think that the prototype is what I should have improved on, although I was able to see what didn’t go well, but I didn’t create the actual prototype very detailed. I think my plan  was detailed and I think was clear to show the process. If I were to do this again I would add images to make it easier.

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The very last stage was creating the actual chair. I think that although our chair didn’t exactly go as we planned we did meet most of the design specifications and tried to use a limited amount of cardboard, especially because we didn’t actually have much anyway. I think in this stage we spent to much time worrying about exact measurements in the parts that didn’t matter and then resulted in a wonky chair. I think I did very well in explaining what we changed and why we changed it, as part of the last chair.

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Innovation does have an impact on our society because it changes things, it makes us adapt to the new situation and our new surroundings. I think that innovation will change people’s attitudes, because it is something that everyone has to  get used to. Their attitude may change for the good or not. Overall I enjoyed this unit, but would have enjoyed it more if we didn’t have such limited time.

The Shape I’m In (Ceramics)

This unit in art has been all about ceramics. Out task for this unit was to create a cup that has good design and can serve both form and function. We also learned a lot of skills in this unit and learned how to design and create a cup.

When I was designing my cup I looked at the work we completed in Analysis A, because I could then see how to make my cup design successful. I looked at a book called “North American Indian Designs” by Eva Wilson, for inspiration. I did use some of the ideas from this book, but I also took some ideas from aboriginal art. I included the theme of using dots and lines together to create a design. I did this because I thought it would be interesting to use different cultural influences in one cup. I chose to shape my cup into more of a square shape. It didn’t turn out perfectly angular, but you can tell it is supposed to be, especially considering the handle is also angular. Because the design uses small circles everywhere it makes the cup a bit softer instead of everything being square. I also used light colours, so that the black dots would stand out.

In this unit we didn’t have much time. The first thing we did was learn some necessary vocabulary for this unit, things like, glaze, bat, wedging and banding wheel. We then experimented with the clay and created small objects, this helped us get use to the clay so it would be easier to create our final cup. As an in class assessment we did an Analysis on three artists cups, this helped me with finding ideas for my cup. The next stage was planning the shape of our cup, which we then used to create the cup. After this our cups went into the electric kiln for their bisque firing, this meant we couldn’t add any more changes to the cups form. On top of the cups shape design we created two designs and annotated the one we thought would fit best. I then transferred my design and under glazed on to my cup and after making sure it was completely dry I used transparent glaze to glaze my cup. It went through the final stage of the kiln and was then complete.

My process:

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Cup shape plan and design plan

Cup shape plan and design plan

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I asked the people around me to see which cup design I should use. I also asked if my cup looked balanced and ready to be glazed and put in the kiln.

I found it difficult to actually create the form of my cup, while sticking to my plan. I liked the idea of having a square cup, but my original idea was not to have a square handle. I had to change it because I was running out of time. Time management is another thing I thought I struggled with. I was successful in applying my design accordingly to the plan and I think it turned out very similar. I also should have taken note of the cup shrinking when the water from the cup evaporated.

To improve this process I would spend less time creating the actual shape of the cup but still be detailed I could do this by not messing around. I also could improve on smoothing the cup. In my research I could have found out what more words mean, because then it would have been useful for the overall process.

Overall I really enjoyed this unit, because it was a bit more free. Although we had to just create a cup there was no specification of the shape or what type of design, this made it easier because we didn’t have to follow guidelines, but also harder because we had to think of designs that would work with our cup. Ceramics is something I would like to try again in the future and I would have experience.

What is a historian?

A  historians is an expert who studies history. They research one significant event in history, to do this they look at primary and secondary sources. Primary sources are original records from people who were actually there or participated somehow in the event, so records like Audio, Images, Text and Objects. A secondary source is created by a historian who analysed a primary source.  History can be told through media and story, I learned this after doing a analysis of different multi-medias. For our main project of this unit we had to create a video about three generations. After completing documents to learn and understand more about the significant concept, what is the role of the individual in society? and the unit question, history can influence the individual and the individual can influence history, we started our main project.

For the three generations project we had to create interview questions that would be relevant to this topic and were not google-able. I answered these questions and also asked my Bampa and Dad these questions. I used the information they gave me to create a video with images that compared all three generations. I found it easy to gather information, but I found it hard to chose images and information to use in the video that was interesting. I also found it challenging to edit the video to make it interesting, as I could have included music. Another challenge I faced when interviewing my Bampa was somethings were hard to remember. My main message in this video was how different each generation was due to the accessible technology.

Technology would change the way history is recorded and remembered because of the resources available. Now we can save information on different devices and also record events clearly that can then be analysed. We have more ways to record history through technology, especially compared to the past. Historians used primary sources like letters to analyse and those letters may have been damaged. Future historians can analysis events that happened to us through the technology we use to record it. Although there is still a big chance the source could be damaged, it is more likely to be accurate.

Three generations project: