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We would like to congratulate and thank all of the undergraduate students for all of their efforts and participation in the past two weeks of events! We have hopefully provided some valuable experience that you can carry forward into future projects, whether that be software based, design experience and involvement within a design team. The outputs we produced for the collaborator exceeded our expectations and all students should be proud of the work they have produced. We hope that our collaborator will pursue the projects we have proposed in future development plans of the Special Collections slide collection.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:39
In order to prepare the undergraduate students for the client presentation at the end of the two weeks, we provided tutorials for Adobe software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Within these tutorials, we showed best practice for page layout, presentation of drawings, how to collate information and drawings into a single document and how to properly export drawing files for presentation purposes. All of this knowledge helped the undergraduate students, as well as masters students, produce a high-quality presentation to pitch our ideas to the collaborator.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:20
Amongst the Education exhibition, we are proposing to have a viewing table that will offer a standing lightbox for the users to further view the slides before using them for education purposes. This will provide sufficient space for multiple slide catalogues to be viewed at any one time. The double-sided design allows for interaction between the users as they share their experience of the slide collection. It is at this point that the collection will be fully exposed and on display for the users to view them properly. This will be fitted to the base plate and the wiring will be fitted within the base plate and table leg.
Posted 2 Apr 2019 16:19
To create interest around this Education exhibition platform the route we chose was through the storage towers that would hold the slides and also offer viewing opportunities of the slides. We have proposed two variations of the storage towers, one more practical and functional and the other more visually pleasing and interactive. Firstly the functional tower shows a new approach to the current storage towers as it offers an interactive element that should the user want to find a collection of slides they may use an app that would light up the top of the tower that the collection sits within. This proposal also offers a new style of storage drawers that allows for the collections to be more easily accessible without having to search the thousands of existing slide collections. Secondly, the second variation proposes a system of hangers that surround a lightbox with a moveable magnifying glass for the viewing of the slides. This proposal offers a space where the slides could be rotated week by week to show a small example of what is to offer in the extensive collection within the exhibition. This design also drives interest and interaction within the slide collection exhibition.
Posted 2 Apr 2019 11:06
Continuing from the previous blog post, the maneuvrability of this exhibition installation is vital as there is limited access up to the site which sits on the 3rd floor of the All Saints Library. In order to move the exhibition up to the 3rd floor the exhibition piece needed to be able to fit through all exit doors and in the lift car. This restricted the dimensions we were able to use for exhibition platform, however, this also made us think further as to how we can use the space available to the best of our ability. The solution came through a platform that folded to meet in the middle and then the folded platform would be the situation on wheels, fitted back the platform through a bracket system. This folded system could then be easily maneuvered around the university campus if and when required.
Posted 2 Apr 2019 10:57
The brief was clear that there needed to be functional and practical aspects to the design that should run alongside the more interesting, eye-catching design features. In order to achieve this, we divided the proposal into Experience, Fun, and Education. The Education installation should feature storage units for the slides, a projection space to view the slides at a larger scale and a viewing platform or table to closely inspect the slides before the user may use them for educational purposes. In order to achieve this and still maintain an element of interesting interaction, we proposed a scheme that drives the user through varying types of storage and viewing towers that leads to an education space at the back which will be used for the viewing platform and projection space. As shown in the drawing the storage towers can be removed where necessary as another key design driver was accessibility and maneuverability around the site. A folding design provided solutions for accessibility issues.
Posted 2 Apr 2019 10:49
To draw the attention of students and researchers to the proposal of the Slide Collection exhibition piece an idea, drawn from the collaborators, we discussed the potential for an installation art piece in conjunction with a more functional viewing device. The opportunity to create a more artistic design piece lies within these creative, attractive elements of the proposal that should stand out within its context. This aspect of the design should show off creative flair.
Posted 25 Feb 2019 11:24
We will be utilising presentation software, drafting and 3D modelling programmes to realise our proposal into a drawing publication that we will present to the Special Collections team. As a design team we will be using Photoshop and inDesign from the Adobe package in order to present our work in a visually striking, creative style. Our collaborators will then use our work to pitch the design to future investors, finding funding to build our proposal. Alongside the marketing material and visual images we will also be using AutoCAD and Sketchup to produce accurate technical drawings and 3D models to pitch our ideas to the collaborators. Combined together these softwares will allow us to present a professional project to a live client.
Posted 7 Feb 2019 15:37
Our group will be designing an exciting exhibition piece for the Special Collections team to showcase their extensive Photo Slide collection to students and researchers. Our aim is to produce an innovative way of viewing the photo slides whilst simultaneously providing exposure and awareness about the collection to those who haven't seen it before. We will be producing a full technical drawing package and supporting visuals for future marketing material in order for the Special Collections team to raise funding for a future build. Throughout the project we will be closely working with a real client that intends to use our design in the future as a permanent exhibition in the Special Collections library.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 15:03