Reflecting on Designers
Fragments of the Past Project
Researching designers’ works to get inspired and develop our own projects is an essential process to strengthen our design proposals. Unit 3 presents a contextual studies approach where we will only discuss designers and their designs, whether these are directly related to the current project or well-renowned designers that you need to know to shape your design knowledge and culture.
2. Learning outcomes
By the end of this unit, you will be able to:
> Understand different designers’ works
> Explore designer’s ideas and methods
> Analyse and evaluate others’ works
> Explore graphic design through projects
> Explore renowned graphic designers
1. Inspired by a design project
When I am asked to mention a designer that I find inspiring to recommend to my students so they get also inspired, I recall Curro Claret, an industrial designer based in Barcelona. In 2015, when I still was a student, the project La Pieza T300 inspired me for my bachelor’s FMP in how a designed tool can allow a variety of actions.
2. Fragments of the Past
What projects could discuss memories and identity? Have a look at some of the examples that I suggest for this topic and ask yourself some questions when analysing them:
1. Analyse your reaction to the work: How does this work inspire you?
2. Evaluate the designer’s intentions: What is successful about the work? Why?
3. Analyse the relation between this work and yours: Why do you find it interesting for your own project?
Choose one of the projects presented and analyse it in your sketchbook.
> How does this work inspire you?
> What is successful about the work? Why?
> Why do you find it interesting for your own project?