Design Factory Exploration at the Design Museum
In order to complete the Design Factory Brief later in the academic year you will need to produce one research PDF of your explorations of the Paul Smith exhibition (and another of other research and development). Part of what gives you a chance to design well and to make eye-catching research sheet PDFs is your ability to both interpret as well as present information that you are investigating in the exhibition.
The theme that you will design to is that of conveying a sense of British design in a graphic design of your own choice (branding, packaging, editorial or anything else that is appropriate). Try hard to relate what you see in the fashion and design process exhibition to other areas of design – don’t just look for graphic design pieces but move elements from other things to graphics.
For each object ask this key question:
WHERE IS THE IDENTITY IN THIS OBJECT?
You can substitute these words instead of identity if it helps, or you can invent your own providing it is clear and they are in the same theme (in fact to use a variety of words will be useful):
Culture Britishness (or other national or ethic identity)
Roots Signifying practices
Think about these five things for each object while searching for clues to your word:
The personal experience:
How the piece makes you feel (& why)? Does it remind you of anything? What does it signify to you?
Visual or design elements:
Such as composition, form, colour, light, texture, body language, space, structure etc
The way it is made:
Materials, style and techniques of making – how do they make a difference to the meaning (or wearing?)
When was it made, by whom, for whom, where and why? Any other contextual issues, such as cost, issues in who constructed it (rather than who designed it) and so on. If this is not evident in the exhibition how can you find this out?