Rediscovering models

In preparation for our final desk exhibition, I have been going back and redoing models that have deteriorated or were not precise.  After remaking a few models I have learned that chipboard is not a durable or long lasting material.  The models I remade are much cleaner and sturdier. I also learned about the construction of my models that have deepened my understanding of the material and how the pieces fit together.  By remaking my models I think I have obtained a better grasp for design and it’s never ending endeavors.

12″ x 12″ box

We have been tasked with constructing a box or envelope type container to hold our 12″ x 12″ color studies.  I contemplated how I wanted to approach this project and decided that I would construct a wooden box because of the durability and longevity of the material.  I considered other mediums such as foam core, bristol, and chipboard but ultimately decided that wood would be the best decision for me.  The material really does affect the craft of the finished product.  To me, this project really demonstrates attention to detail and overall craftsmanship.  I chose maple as my wood type because it is a harder would that will not chip as easily as oak and has a unique grain pattern.  I struggled with the dimensions because I did not originally connect the dots that the box would have to be slightly larger than 12″ x 12″ in order to hold 12″ x 12″ paper, but I think I have resolved that issue by creating a pattern and lining it with a border.  My box is almost complete and I am excited to see how the finished product turns out!

Beauty is…

Beauty is a term that is used all the time, but what does it really mean in terms of design? To me, I think beauty in architecture is so unique to each individual because of the way each individual percieves the same thing.  Beauty can be a simple building that is completely functional, or it could be one that is all about form.  However, I think that the inbetween of form and function is what is truly beautiful.  When there is a mix and the design fulfills the desired purpose while still having ornate or unique details, I believe the design contains beauty.  Hierarchy also influences beauty because being able to pick out the important characteristics is so crucial in the design process.  Form and function are driven by hierarchy and I believe that beauty is being able to combine the two to create something that is unique to the purpose it serves.