Thursday, June 11, 2020

A 4th aspect of design...

I'm preparing for my 3D design class on Saturday at ESSA, to be held via Zoom. It should actually be 4D as there's another aspect of design that's often overlooked in art classes.

You can think of the process of design, beyond the idea that it represents 3 dimensions, x, y, and z, the axes of a material object, in that an object also must fit cultural parameters, the 4th dimension. It must fit the lives of both the maker and the user of the product and possibly the longer term relationship of the material object to the planet.

So in the process of design, and beyond what something will look like and feel like and how it will be used, and whether or not it will actually be useful,  we ask why it is to be made, how it's to be made, how long it's intended to last, and what's to be done with it in the very much longer term.

The photo shows the base of a white oak and walnut table I made just a few years ago. It is the expression of a shared set of cultural values.

The class on 3D design will be participatory and I'm expecting it to be fun. Join us if you can on Saturday June 13.

Make, fix, create, and assist others in learning lifewise.

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