Explorative Design

Explorative Design - student project

This was a great course, using blockers and enablers really got me thinking outside the square (literally!). I am guilty of making my designs too complicated and don't use considered colour palettes enough, often creating as I go, so I really enjoyed putting more thought into how I was going to make things work with just a few rules.


SIMPLE STYLE: just adding one rectangle to a design really got me thinking about my colours and how they change depending on how you combine them and the size of the elements. It was surprisingly fun just thinking of lots of different things to do with a rectange (that couldn't run off the page)!

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SNEAKY SQUARE: then creating designs with a square that had to run off the page:

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DOUBLE TROUBLE: it was really interesting thinking of all the possible ways to arrange 2 rectangles that had to be the same colour...

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ODD ONE OUT: This was one of my favourites! Unlimited ellipses and only one rectangle with colour restrictions as well (all ellipses the same colour)! One idea just leads to another!

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THE STRETCH: being restricted with 5 ellipses but having more freedom with colours opened up yet another different way of thinking. As Rich mentioned, I was also surprised at the different colours that were part of the saturation range of my original colour choices.

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A HERD OF SHAPES: I noticed that I was using a lot of alignment and blends to help generate patterns and ideas for my designs, so decided to try and be a bit more random with the "transform each: random" option that Rich was using, it was a lot of fun to see what it generated and the directions it sent me in.

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RECTANGLE RIGIDITY:  I really loved the patterns that came out of this one--I  used random transform each to see what variations came up while not using any rotation, but still came back to aligning them myself in different ways! Clearly I'm a control freak! :D

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THE CHEATER: Another fun one creating objects that I saw around me which eventually turned into making objects of other things, just because I could! It's amazing how effective restricting  colours can be, and how it changes how you think. I think I started to have a bit of a 70s flashback!

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THE PIANO: I started off with the grey background for all my designs as I didn't realise we could bring in our colour palettes. It was interesting because I focused just on the patterns and then went back later and experimented with the background colours.

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ABSTRACT MOVIE POSTER: I chose colours to go with my poster and then realised we still had to stick with our colour palette! So I went back and recreated them with my original colours and I think they looked a lot more considered.

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It was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! :)

Thanks Rich for this great course! I love the idea of establishing blockers and enablers to help develop designs. Having a blank canvas at the start of a design is quite daunting but if you put some rules in place for yourself, it's amazing how quickly the ideas start to flow. I am also going to put more time into choosing my colour palettes at the beginning of my projects rather than building it up as I go.

PS: I think I was not even halfway through the projects and I was starting to think about which wall my posters were going on! I am definitely going to print a set, the hard part is deciding which ones! :)