Design & Technology 2014 Portfolio

Bianca Torrisi

Year 9

Contents
Exploration of the need and evaluate ....................................................................................... 2
Why are you making the item of jewellery ......................................................................................... 2

Research and evaluation of existing designs ............................................................................. 3
NECKLACE 1: ........................................................................................................................................ 3 Necklace 2: .......................................................................................................................................... 4 Necklace 3: .......................................................................................................................................... 5

Generation and evaluation of 2 ideas with annotations ........................................................... 6
Idea one: ............................................................................................................................................. 6 Idea Two.............................................................................................................................................. 7

A final design with dimensions and materials ........................................................................... 8
Final design ......................................................................................................................................... 8

Jewellery designer: Case Study .................................................................................................. 9
Section 1 Design process..................................................................................................................... 9 Section 2 Factors influencing design ................................................................................................. 12 Section 3 Roles of designers ............................................................................................................. 13 Section 4 Generating ideas ............................................................................................................... 14 Section 5 Selects, analyses, presents and applies research.............................................................. 14 Section 6 Mixed material technologies............................................................................................. 15

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Exploration of the need and evaluate
Why are you making the item of jewellery
I am making this item of jewellery for girls in the age group of 15-20 so they can express their sense of style. The piece of jewellery that I’m going to make will be for people who go out to nice places a lot and people who have a nice elegant sense of style. This piece of jewellery you can make the piece of jewellery any colour according to peoples colour interest and different pendants/charms/symbol or even a character they like. These are some of the results from the survey I created:

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Research and evaluation of existing designs
The followering is a collage made from 20 images that I have found that I feel could inspire my design for my piece of jewllery. I have chosen them because these images are a close resembalence of what I’m basing my necklace on.

Click link & Play video http://www.powtoon.com/p/f3PczyRnLYK/
I think that I will base my design on item 1, 13 & 21 as I’m doing only a small amount of beads on my necklace.

NECKLACE 1:
I have chosen the following necklace images because these are the ones I’m going to base my necklace on more than the other images.

I really like the leather cord for this necklace but I might change it to a silver chain for my necklace.

I’m going to do beads inspired from these beads from this necklace because I like how they look on the leather cord.

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Necklace 2:
This necklace has a silver chain. I really like to have a silver chain on my necklace I’m going to do a silver chain inspired me from this necklace.

I really like how in the middle of the necklace there is a bead that hangs down and I’m going to do a bead inspired by this bead.

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Necklace 3:
For my necklace I don’t want to do all the same type of bead I want to do all different types for example these silver balls and I would also like to do pearl beads as well.

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Generation and evaluation of 2 ideas with annotations Idea one:

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Idea Two

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A final design with dimensions and materials
Final design

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Jewellery designer: Case Study
Section 1 Design process
1. Read Evaluating success. List the financial and personal rewards that

Dinosaur Designs' partners can enjoy because of their company's success.
Success is measured not only in sale but in the personal satisfaction of the designer. For the dinosaur designs success can mean many things for example the personal satisfaction of being able to work with their best friends, creating beautiful objects which are appreciated and enjoyed by others or the freedom and financial rewards of running their own successful design company. 2. Look at the Dinosaur Designs' career path. What things indicate the

company's success and popularity?
The things that indicated success and popularity were the jewellery that they were making. After two years at the markets it soon became clear to them that it was the jewellery that customers were interested in. 3. Develop a flow chart of a design process undertaken by the team at

Dinosaur Designs.

Polyester resin
D i n o s a u r

Constraints

Intellectual property

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Polyester resin:
The dinosaur designs’ use a specific type of polyester resin which the designers made themselves for their resin products. In the early day, this involved talking to experts such as chemist who were able to solve problems such as increasing the material’s ability to deal with impact. The dinosaur designers research their materials using a variety of sources. One of those sources is the internet. The internet has been a very useful tool for finding out about tools, materials and techniques that can be used in the resin manufacturing process. The internet is also a great way for finding out information about other design manufacturing industries as well.

Intellectual Property:
There are many techniques and materials that have been developed over a long periods of time, they tend to be kept a secret by the company. Whilst the same basic elements may go into making the resin, there is a certain amount of adaptation for the designer’s own needs. This type of information is called intellectual property. Intellectual property is very valuable to a company and needs to be protected. The dinosaur designs have had instances over the years where they have had to legally defend the uniqueness of their product against rip-off designs or cheap copies that might be found in major department stores. Under the trade practices act, a company has protection of its designs if they have a feel or look which is distinctive to that company. On numerous occasions where Dinosaur designs has been able to take immediate action and win, effectively forcing the rip-off design to be no longer for sale.

Constraints:
The dinosaur designs training in the visual arts were extremely useful for designing and making objects. The partners can see now from looking back how it may have been a lot easier if they had had some specific business training. The dinosaur design team developed their business management skills by building their business slowly, carefully and making sure that any mistakes remained small. By doing this they were able to learn from both their positive and negative experiences.

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4. Designs use specialist designers for some aspects of their work, for

example, architects and graphic designers. Compare the design process used to design Dinosaur Designs' jewellery and that used by the product designer Angelo Kotsis. What are the similarities and differences between the two processes?
Some similarities and difference are:

Dinosaur Designs
They individually mix colour into a clear resin for each piece. The piece is polished and handfinished with moisturiser. Forty-eight square shaped beads of varying colours are used to demonstrate the different colour ways that are potentially available They both make prototypes.

Angelo Kotsis
Models were made from foam or wood to test how the design would look in real life. The designers use computer aided drawing and 3D modelling to communicate their ideas. The designers brainstormed ideas for how the new torch could look.

5. The Dinosaur Designs team are passionate about their work. They use a

particular language to communicate their process of design, for example, hand-felt and finessing. Select these words and in the context of the passage, discuss what the designer means by them. Hand-felt: When the designer uses the words hand-felt it means they actually
handle their products with care and love. The dinosaur designers love that feeling of resin being a relatively modern material but the way they work with it is quite handfelt. The dinosaur designers said they wanted to bring the human back into plastics or into resin and that’s given them to point of difference in the area that they work in.

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Finessing: When the dinosaur designers say “The girls have a great ability finessing
products and understanding especially jewellery.” They mean the girls have the ability to be extremely delicate in what they are doing and they understand and they really pay attention to that. The dinosaur designers say that they don’t design to be fashionable, they design things that they want to last but it always helps to understand exactly where fashion is at any given time so that they aren’t doing something completely different from what is happening.

Section 2 Factors influencing design 1. Visit the Gallery of work. Touch, feel and look are important to Dinosaur Designs. Look at three Images and describe them in terms of the elements of design, such as line, colour and texture.
This picture has many elements of design including shape, size and colour. There are many different shapes and sizes in this photo for example the vases are all different shapes and sizes which makes the picture look more interesting than a normal photo that would have vases all the same shapes and sizes. The colour in the picture is very bright and colourful which attracts people’s eyes.

This picture has many elements of design for example, shape and colour. The colour on this is very dark but light at the same time. This colour makes the piece of jewellery look very sophisticated. Also the shape of the piece of jewellery makes it look more elegant.

This picture has many elements of design for example size, shape and colour. There are many different shapes and sizes in the picture because it is a chess game; chess has lots of different sizes of pieces. The colours in the picture are also really good because they are the classic chess board colours.

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2. Dinosaur Designs manufactures all their resin pieces in their own studio. What kinds of Occupational Health & Safety practices might they have to consider for employees working in a studio or workshop environment? www.workcover.com.au.
Some kinds of Occupational Health & Safety practices they might have to consider for employees are burns and scalds, confined places, demolition, electricity, falls, heat stress, knives and blades in the workplace and many more occupational and safety practise might have to consider for employees.

Section 3 Roles of designers 1. The Dinosaur Designs team received training in the visual arts as well as professional art studies. Suggest an alternative career path that might give you the skills necessary for designing objects and/or jewellery. You might like to visit http://www.myfuture.edu.au.
An alternate career path that might give you the skills necessary for designing objects and/or jewellery could be a craftsperson. Craftsperson’s design, make and repair objects that have both functional and artistic qualities, working with wood, metal, glass, leather, ceramics, textiles and other materials. To be a craftsperson you need artistic design skills, good hand-eye coordination, promotional skills and business skills if self-employed.

2. Jewellery design is a design specialisation of the area of study: Products. What other design specialisations does Dinosaur Designs work in?
The dinosaur designs also work in house wares, clothing and jewellery. The dinosaur designers sell all these products at the Paddington markets.

3. List some of the reasons people wear jewellery. Describe your favourite piece of jewellery and the reasons it is important to you.
Some people like to wear jewellery so they look nice or to improve their personal appearance, people like to wear jewellery that means something to them for example it might be a cross, a symbols, a wedding ring etc., people also like to wear jewellery because it makes them feel good about themselves, everyone has a different reason to wear jewellery. My favourite piece of jewellery is the necklace I wear every day. On my necklace I have a big B and a small B and they both have crystals on them. In the middle of the two B’s I put on the chain the little charm I got on my necklace I got for my confirmation and I took it off and put it on this necklace. The two B’s are the first letters of my name , Bianca and the big B my parents got me one year for my birthday and the small B one of my best friends gave to me. I put all of these charms on the one necklace because these three charms mean the most to be and now that they are all together this necklace means the world to me.
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4. Identify the contribution Dinosaur Designs makes to the improvement of everyday life.
The dinosaur designs contribute to the improvements to everyday life by producing hand-felt and very well crafted products for the community.

Section 4 Generating ideas 1. Identify some of the methods used by Dinosaur Designs to generate creative ideas. About the designer.
Some methods used by the dinosaur designers are they adapted their products to suit the market. One of the methods the dinosaur designers use to create creative designs is when they see what the community

Section 5 Selects, analyses, presents and applies research 1. Experimenting and testing of design ideas was important for the development of Dinosaur Designs' first innovative products for Paddington markets. Describe the experimentation and testing that was carried out.
The dinosaur designers experimented for two years and then realised that their jewellery was the most popular out everything else they were selling. After that they started to create the jewellery more towards what was popular in fashion at that time so they could sell even more of their jewellery.

2. Dinosaur Designs are influenced to a certain extent by current trends. What sources of information would be particularly useful for jewellery designers?
The dinosaur designers found it easy to get influenced for example a bus ticket-thing normally as boring as that can give them clues. They say it’s like visual clues that turn up in all sorts of situations. They get lots of inspiration from art, art history, painting, sculpture and the natural world for their designs. Jewellery designers can find influence from really anything around them like the bus ticket or maybe even paint can influence them.

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Section 6 Mixed material technologies 1. If you were to design a small pendant how could it be mass produced? Research the different ways in which you could produce multiple copies of this object.
Some different ways a small pendant could be produced are 3D Printing, Google sketch up, polymer clay and there are many more ways to produce a pendant.

2. For the small pendant research how it can be finished. How does it affect the visual appeal of the object?
It affects the visual appeal because the way it is produces is the way people are going to look at it and when it is finished and it isn’t polished or it hasn’t had the extra part of it cut off people won’t like it. I f a pendant has bright colours or a ni ce little charm or picture on it that will catch people’s eyes and then they will be interested in the pendant.

3. Research other products made from polyester resin, e.g. bathroom vanities, bathtubs, canoes, surfboards. Compare the characteristics of these products with the characteristics of Dinosaur Designs' products.
The polyester resin products aren’t very colourful whereas the dinosaur designs’ products are. Also the dinosaur designs’ products have a better finished look then the polyester resin. The dinosaur designs’ have a better finished look because they are very delicate with their products and the hand-felt them as well.

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