Tutorial – Feasibility Project:
- I had a 15 minute tutorial with Michael, who is running the Priest’s House Museum project, as time is moving on I had prepared any final questions I had about the project and the building I am working in. As there wasn’t a clear final outcome or submission content in the brief I also made sure what I’m hoping to have for hand-in was correct.
What I’m aiming to submit for Feasibility Studies includes:
- Feasibility Report (showing concepts and design development)
- Detailed design plans of one or two exhibition spaces upstairs.
- Including, drawings: floorplans, isometric/axonometric, 3d visualisations, sections and zoomed in areas showing the detailed display methods within a chosen exhibition space.
- Detail drawings of forms of display – showing integrated lighting, dimensions etc. – technical, but not showing construction aspects.
- Materials & colour scheme mood boards for detailed spaces.
- Overall ideas for display elements that could be used throughout – i.e. to create a family of display elements.
- Physical model showing a detailed area of the space, A corner or length of a certain exhibition, hoping to communicate the use of display techniques.
With my tutor, I discussed trying to bring the narrative together, focusing on upstairs exhibitions:
- Growing up – Temporary exhibition space – Coming Together – Making A Living - Life & Death. Along with sub-themes for each of these topics. Whilst keeping an understanding of the objects for display.
I explained that I was finding it difficult to imagine the artefacts listed for display, I wondered if there was a way to access to images of the collections. Michael said that if needed we could contact the museum to see if we could obtain photographs or come and see the other collections stated. I also realized it may be a good idea to return to the museum to photograph the existing collections on display, as many objects will be transferred to the updated exhibition spaces.
- We discussed how I can create a solid, cohesive narrative and how I could find the facts to create a story as the information given in the documents from the client is not enough to create detailed displays. So I asked how detailed should my design of these displays be?
- This I am still unsure about, however I am going to attempt to create a vague narrative with research I have undertaken, although this is difficult as the objects are unique. I will focus on overall ideas for example how the narrative will be told, as people who have knowledge about the objects and history can fill in the information panels and detailed text. I will look at each theme, sub-theme and curate title for each exhibit group with a short introduction paragraph I will then design the displays around this.
Company selection presentation: As a part of the ‘Professional Studies’ unit, I am required to produce tailored portfolios, CV’s and cover letters to two companies. Alongside the production of a Business Plan so I am ready to progress when I have graduated. Within this presentation I laid out two companies that I will target my work towards.
- I started the presentation with visual slides showing my previous work and nature of my projects, this led to what kind of sectors I see myself gaining experience in, which includes community driven and socially focused work.
- Previous projects I have undertaken include:
- Homeless Residential Rehabilitation Complex, shown in my first year project ‘Design for Disaster’, and then looked at in more detail the next year, in the unit titled ‘Place Production.’
- Collaborative Offices and new meeting spaces for Citizen’s Advice.
- AUB+ An education hub including Exhibition spaces and a Theatre & Auditorium.
- A pop-up store for the cosmetic brand LUSH.
- & many more. (Click to view my online portfolio!)
From reflecting on previous projects I have decided I would love to gain more experience in the realm of public, social and community interior spaces. I have opted to focus my Final Major Project around this.
One company I will be targeting my portfolio to is LOM Architecture & Design.
- Size: Approx. 30 designers & architects.
- Location: London; working in the capital city is an aspect that excites me, due to the connections and inspiration it would bring.
- Sectors: Workplace, design for education and retail & leisure projects.
- Projects: Size varies, “From skyscrapers to furniture.”
All of which strongly appeal to my future vision of design work.
Another company that appeals greatly to me is Design Engine, an award winning architecture and design company.
- Location: Winchester. Close to my hometown the commute would be simple.
- Projects: Range in size from master-plans to small-scale interiors. The practice have done a lot of work within my university campus.
Their website is clear and concise and gives an idea of the cultural and social aspects of working for the company, it shows they are transparent and happy to show how they work through the design process. It also states their sustainability commitments, and their designs back them up.
- Both of their portfolios include sectors that are of great interest to me:
- Community centres,
- Educational spaces,
- Art centres,
- Collaborative offices,
- Brand experiences.
Both are architectural companies and carry out a wide range of projects in the public and social sector some of which are exquisite sky scraper buildings. I feel to effectively target these companies I will have to bring further in-depth architectural elements to my Final major project to ensure a strong portfolio.
- I gained some reasonably simple feedback from my presentation stating that I should annotate images of my own work, and also slow down whilst explaining during presentations which has always been an aspect of mine that needs work as I can get nervous when public speaking.
- Another point made was to really think about how I can target my portfolio and tailor my work to my company of choice.
- Listening to other colleagues presentations was valuable as I was able to find out about other companies and their sectors. Also in listening to their feedback I was able to gain knowledge in how to present myself when speaking to employers and ways of relating my design work and my strengths to the company’s needs.
This week I have:
- Finished the Revit existing model to a level of which is suitable for to start adding my design ideas.
- Finalized a narrative and a story for the Growing Up exhibition within the Priest’s House Museum and produced a rough narrative for other spaces.
- Decided on display techniques for Temporary exhibition: A modular system, allowing displays and content to be changed regularly.
- Mood boards and specific themes, materials, colours, layouts, displays.
- Completion of room schedule for ground floor exhibition spaces: