In the 2nd semester the Industrial Design students were given the task of designing a flashlight in the spirit of a famous designer. In the Method Based Foundation class the students were guided by the teacher through the different steps of the design process.
In about 4 weeks of intense work the students conquered the task from research to modeling and visualizing their idea.
Class started by setting the students up with a famous designer. Then background research about the designer’s life and career was done by analyzing internet and book sources. Furthermore the students focused on the works of the designer and analyzed his/her creation to gain a deeper understanding of how the objects reflect the particular approach to design. This was also supported due to Theory class by Assistant Professor Lei Zhu, where they had to learn how to describe objects, created also by the designers in question.
After this intense research the students set off to design a flashlight in the spirit of their
designer. For that they had to create a moodboard based on and inspired by the designer in question. It covered the topics: Material and Color, Shapes and Details and Source of Inspiration. The moodboard served as a guideline to base decisions on in the upcoming design process.
To form their own ideas the students started by sketching. After some first decisions, first measurements were found and the students went to the workshop to do proportion-, shape- and handling-models out of styrofoam to constantly improve the design of the flashlight. Later on 3D modeling was performed to focus on detailing. The data were used to render pictures that show the realistic look of the flashlight simulating the choice of material and surface quality.