Colour, one of the principles of design considers contrast, proximity, balance and value. Inspiration for colour in design comes from nature, material source or the arrangement of colour schemes.

In furniture design, materiality affects the choice of colour. Furniture is typically made of wood, plastic, metal, fabric and other materials. Would can be left in its natural form and colour, painted or coated. Plastic comes in variety of colours, metal can be painted, coated or natural. he choice of colour depends on the concept of the design. The use of fabrics opens up to more diversity of colour, pattern and texture.

Colour can transform an object dependant on the choice so is an integral part of design.

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Function is the core basis of furniture design. Yet aesthetics, form, materiality, colour and construction can serve as the defining principle over function. A design piece may be design purely on the basis of function and have little or no consideration to other design principles. The outcome for many designers is to innovate the world of furniture design by developing furniture that is as beautiful as it is functional.

Form should follow function and often go hard in hand when designing furniture fit for purpose. Designers consider and explore in detail the design outcomes relating to ergonomics  to ensure comfort, function and suitability to use. The application of research about human variability and adaptability to the design process, ergonomics investigating working situations and Anthropometrics, considers information about human body size and shape.

Both of these applications of research are key to function.

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Materiality can serve as the defining principle of an object in furniture design or can be used for the functional & essential characteristics for the functionality and aesthetics of the design.

Materials are selected for their inherent qualities, raw or natural characteristics or their suitability to be manipulated to the function or purpose. These characteristics could be attributed to strength, weight, texture, opacity or aesthetic desirability suitable to the finish of the design.

The exploration of materials for designers serves as an opportunity to research and develop concepts, innovate and the  serves as the basis of the outcome. Through an experimental process materials can be manipulated to different shapes and forms. The exploration of materiality is an integral part of design.

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Form refers to objects that are three-dimensional in nature. A form has: height, width and depth. Two dimensional form has width and height. It can also create the illusion of three dimension objects.

Geometric forms are those which relate to named regular shapes, however designed form can be an irregular shape or form. Form defines an object within space or imply space. Our perception of a shape or form depends on the angle of view-point and the space around the form as a positive or negative space.

Colour, shape, texture and graduation can define the form of an object.

Ergonomics, function, aesthetics and emotional design are considered when approaching form in furniture design .

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Digital Applications

Using digital applications for creative design work.


Asana is one of many SaaS (Software as a Service) collaborative digital applications that changes how teams work together. Offering effortless coordination and collaboration between members of a project or multiple projects no matter where they are located. The application enables users to track projects, project tasks, responsibilities and action points with project management tools. Communicate individually, conference and as a group through messages. Share and store documents, mock ups and information easily via upload or drop box.

With Asana, each person knows what they should be doing and why. This provides clarity, transparency, and allows teams to collaborate with less friction and produce great results. Coordination should be as effortless as possible between teams so that people can focus on the tasks at hand without blockades and difficulties communicating ideas and progress.

Organize your tasks for projects into shared lists for your initiatives, meetings, and programs. Easily create tasks for yourself or assign one to a teammate. customize Asana to match your workflows and add structure to any project. Check progress on all the projects you care about in one view. Due dates and calendars ensure every task gets completed on time. Add fields to any project, so you can track exactly what matters most to your organization. Discuss a project’s progress to get on the same page and keep the momentum going. Give tasks a clear owner, so everyone knows who’s responsible. Organize your tasks into shared lists or boards for your initiatives, meetings, and programs.

It is useful in my creative design work to project manage my time and design outcomes, ensure I hit deadlines, remember all of the key tasks in a project. The forum at IDI is similar to the communication element of Asana, allowing communication and collaboration between students and teachers to enhance learning and guidance together.



Digital Applications

Using digital applications for creative design work.


Pinterest is a digital catalogue of ideas that allows users to save images, called pins, and place them on different boards. Users can follow other users’ boards that they like or have an interest in and share their own and others pins. The idea behind Pinterest is based on the shared interest of users and is dependant its members to produce the content.

Pinterest offers a platform for businesses to create pages aimed at promoting their work online that can serve as a “virtual storefront”. Recent brand studies show that Pinterest is more successful at driving sales than other forms of social media.

Pinterest not only allows the user to share images, they can share links to websites and origins of information. The site generates content of interest based on the users likes and interests. The application can be used as a digital catalogue of ideas, images, mood boards, work samples, materiality and more. to It links with other media platforms allowing the user to share across multiple sites.

It is useful in my creative design work to research and communicate ideas, store content for materiality, display my design work and to create mood boards. I can store ideas and images for design inspiration now and in the future. The board style storage of the application makes it an ideal mood board builder, grouping images in different themes, colours and styles.

Digital Applications for Coordination

Using digital applications for creative design work.


Flickr is an image, video and web services hosting suite It is a popular website and online community for users to share and embed images and photographs. It is widely used by photo researchers and bloggers to host the images that they embed in their blogs and social media The application offers the ability to release images under certain common usage licenses or label them as “all rights reserved” to protect users with copyrights.

The core function of the site relies on standard HTML and HTTP features, offering wide compatibility among platforms and browsers. Flickr provides both private and public image storage. Flickr user can post comments to a Flickr photo unless this option has been disabled by the image owner. Flickr provides a desktop client for Mac OS X and Windows that enables the user to upload images without using the web interface.  One feature makes it possible to drag and drop batches of photos and users of digital photo processing and editing programs such as Adobe Lightroom can upload their photos directly to Flickr.

Flickr offers a platform to designers, photographers, researchers and bloggers to showcase work or access other user’s images as a design resource for inspiration and research. Flicker is most useful in my creative design work as a source for research and design inspiration. It is also a good media platform to communicate my design work, photography and as a storage device for images that will be used across a variety of media platforms showcasing my design work.

Posted on March 11, 2017