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Industrial Design Basics

Industrial Design Basics

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Published by: Riccardo Alberto Lardi on Dec 07, 2010
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ZHdK IAD1. SemesterHS 09
Industrial Design Basics
Riccardo LardiGerhard BuurmanKarmen Franinovic
The main difculty I was conronted with was the transition rom descriptionso aordances to drawings or sketches on paper. How to sketch ie. ‚the object issqueezy but still made o a hard material‘? Such problems made it hard at frst,later on I‘d just sketch more reely and just put on paper what frst came into mymind. That way, a broader range o inormation could be gathered quickly.
The goal o this exercise is to study the objectas the experience it enables through tactile exploration.Students work in couples: one o them chooses an objectto be explored by the colleague. The person exploringthe object must not see the object ie. must keep the eyesclosed. Without saying the name o the object, the per-son describes the haptic and tactile sensations causedthrough manipulation o the arteact. The person who lis-tens tries to sketch the qualities that are being describedsuch as sot, curved, warm, loud etc. Ater ten or fteenminutes, the two participants switch roles.Ater again and again having ound mysel in trying tofnd out what object my mate is describing, I fnally got tonot only sketch the objects orm and physical parameters,but also how the it ‚eels‘ and what kind o aordances itoers to dierent people. To me, that step to fnd out howto bring those thinkings to paper was a difcult, but sure-ly quite an interesting experience.The ruler had dierentcharacteristics which wereequally hard to describeand to sketch by listeningto the description.Other objects had moredistinguishable attributes,which made it easier todescribe and sketch.
Sometimes perspectitiveerrors could happen, lea-ving no other choice thanstarting a new sketch.The sliding mechanicscould be represented easi-ly, showing it rom die-rent perspectives.This candy case can be opened by sliding the upper deck. While simple in const-ruction, the roundings at the corners still became not all that easy to reproduce.Ater having just quickly sketched the chassis in a very rudimentary way, detailslike those roundings were applied one ater another.
Using ront and side views, sections, axono-metric projection and/or prospective, the students techni-cally represent an object.The sketching o chosen objects was an exciting challen-ge, as I never really ound mysel to be an able drawer. Irapidly realized, that sketching objects which are in ronto me and so are exposed reely to me, can be sketchedin a technical way, so I‘m not bound to be really talentedin drawing, I‘d just sketch ‚what I see‘ and that‘s the trick.Ater a ew attempts my sketches became more and moredistinctive and pronounced.

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