Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Movie watched in Design theory 31st of January 2011
War time, was about creating shapes. It was a brutal design contest.
Innovation vs. industrial muscle.
History of humans that kill each other, the Nazis was the “best”. Even though the Germans didn’t have a “good” design reputation, they get to be the best.
AEG had their landmark project which was a water kettle.
No other product was as simple to use as the Volkswagen Beetle, the Beetle come in 1936, the designer was Vernernon. The first prototype was basic, practical space for the passenger and the driver. Timeless design and quality was a part of making it the most successful car.
The Nazis wanted to look like they were going to over win the enemy.
In 1949 the Britans had been kicked out by Europe, they were in a need for machine gun. It was then the Slen Gun came, 1940. It was cheep to make and simple flat pack machine gun. It cost 200 pounds and 2 shillings to make.
In 1941 the Triang Toys owner redesigned the Stun gun from 69 parts to 48.
They also came up with the mosquito, which was a plane made of plywood. They did build 7000 of them and for that they ended the war with the least loss.
The secret army of Britain was: toy designers and furniture designer. They hold the war.
In 1941 “Tiger Tank 131” was made by the Germans, the completions held by Hitler. It was a big success. It was a luxury item and a powerful vehicle. They made around 3000 of them.
The Russians made in 1939 “T34”, and that was quantity; 3000 was made.
Americans joined the war; their goal was to finish one aircraft every hour. They had to mass produce ships to keep up with the losses. One of them was the “Liberty”
1945 they started to look at new ways to make furniture, it was then the lounge chair of wood came. The chair was a 3 dimensional curve. They made leg splints and chair of aircraft material (wood). The chair of the century was born into mass production.
Movie watced in Design theory friday 17th 2010
The most global furniture company started in 1955. The first furniture they produced was “Løvet table” the companies name is IKEA. They had a focus on functional design.
A time after the computer came, it was an Apple product and they named it Macintosh. The first computer was big and only a special kind of people had the opportunity to use them.
Many people could not even imagine to use the computer for something else than putting tape in and get numbers out.
The first mouse designed for the computer was made in 1963 and it was made of timber.
Bill Atkinson, Apple; The principals for the design is to be all, but invisible.
Perhaps design has come too far?
Digital devices are shrinking the world, we have transfer the natural into a design world full of stuff. Has it come to an end?
Then we have sustainable design, Recycled may mean that it is down cycled which means it has lost quality.
Think Chair was the first furniture that was a reused chair.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Watched in Design Theory class, Monday 29th of November
1920 are the so called machine age and a question is; is the kitchen the heart or food production? Bauhaus started and it was an art school in Germany. It was a center of new thinking, were all worked together and it was no separation between students. They designed quality product, some was better to look at, Bauhaus was a minimalistic and revolutionary which Art Nouveau wasn’t. They were all about heavy decoration and ornaments. Bauhaus saw Art Nouveau as their enemy.
The Frankfurt kitchen was designed in this period and it was meant to be efficient. The designer did not like it in the kitchen in general and maybe that’s why people found the kitchen very cold.
Around the 1930’s in Stuttgart Le Corbusier designed his new idea of social housing in Wiessenhof. It turned out to be a large cubic box on the hill; his idea was to make a fitted house were a modern family would fit in. The apartments were inspired by the train which was the modern traffic machine at that point. The living room becomes bedrooms by shutting one of the built in doors.
1932 the Bauhaus closes down.
In 1932 Le Corbusier went over to New York, USA and he expected a big fan group at the airport to welcome him and his ideas, but America had already chosen it’s way to go. In Europe they tried to be too simple in the design and had a manifesto on how people should live. America actually looked at what the people wanted.In this part we learned about the difference between an architect and a designer. An architect’s work takes longer time to see and it has a heavy cost and the designer work response quicker, one thing they have in common is that they both need to communicate close with the client.