Today I presented my Pecha Kucha of my top 3 designers to a group and Sally.
I presented first out of the group and was really nervous, strangely more so than I have been before when presenting these. I feel that this let me down a little bit and I didn’t seem as passionate and excited about the project than some of the other students were. This is really annoying because I really care about what I have done so far because I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve done, and I wish I could have shown this while presenting.
The three companies I chose to talk about were 2 from fashion: Zara and Boden, and one interior: Ferm Living.
I’m really pleased with the aesthetics of my presentation, I tried to keep with the theme of my project so just had a white background and large images, with the bare minimum of text on the slides. I am also happy with the content. I researched quite substantially into each of my 17 original companies so was able to collate quite a range of information.
When I had finished I got some good feedback. Sally mentioned that I seemed soft spoken, and I think this was the nerves. However she did also say that I seemed to have a good eye for colour and that I had really taken notice of colours in all of my research. I have had this comment before and I do agree: colour is something which I am always excited to explore and choose.
Here is my presentation:
Today I finished my mood boards ready to put up on Tuesday.
After narrowing my research down to 9 companies, I’ve then chosen my top 3: 1 interior and 2 fashion. These are also the companies I will talk about in my Pecha Kucha on Tuesday.
I have always been interested in Scandinavian design, and all aspects of it, for example furniture, fashion and interiors. I had a look into what actually can be classed as Scandinavian design and where its influences are from.
Scandinavia consists of Denmark, Norway and Sweden and characteristics that I’ve noticed within Scandinavian (or Scandi) Design include:
- Neutral Colours:
- Calm and serene
A polar night is a period of darkness up to 24 hours inside the polar circles. As the sun descends below the horizon, the sky turns different shades of blue and violet. In Sweden this is known as the ‘blue moment’. These colours are often seen within Scandi design.
Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer who is known for the structured, 3D shapes in his clothing.
He experiments with new methods of pleating and smocking to allow the wearer more flexibility and movement.
I think this is a really interesting way of achieving geometric pattern without the use of decorative stitch or print.
These techniques are definitely something I would like to experiment with in part 2 of this project.
Young designer Amila Hrustic also uses similar techniques:
I aim to try out different techniques of paper folding and then move on to fabric.
Today I had a 1 to 1 tutorial with Sally about what I had done so far.
After discussing what I aim to look at in this module she told me about a fashion designer called Issey Miyake, who I have never heard of. I will look into him and his designs later this week.
We also talked about what age and gender I am designing for. Although it is quite tempting to go for a male market, I feel like I am already quite far out of my comfort zone with fashion so will stick to a female market for now. However this may be something that I could look in to in the future. In terms of age, I will decide this once I’ve settled on what company I am designing for and look at what ages they cater for.
Other points of action agreed were:
- look into slogans/phrases for children’s products – positive, motivational without being pushy
- look at shops to find materials (gift wrap etc) to include on mood boards
- look further into Scandinavian design
- think of a theme for the overall project
- finish mood boards for next Tuesday
My next step is to narrow my research down to 9 (3 from each area) and look further into the materials they use and their price range.
Below are some screen shots of some of the images I have found on Pinterest to begin my company research.
I have some ideas of a few companies I would like to look into and am so far more going towards interiors. These are ones I have heard of from the high street or on social media.