Research- for information and ideas:
Required research skils include:
- interpretation of information
What is Research?
Involves the collection of visual information, data and articles to assist in the understanding and development of the brief. Research continues throughout the design process.
What information is collected?
- Visual information
- Factual material
- Inspirational visuals or materials Information about the audiance
- Historical background to the task
- Product Benchmarking- What are the competitors current trends?
All the research collected must be analysed and annotated. How can the research collect help in the solution to the problem.
Literary Resources: books, magazines, journals etc
Electronic Resources: Internet and On-line Database
Verbal Resources: From the source of the original need itself, the client. Market Researchers- conduct surveys. Discussions with experts in the profession.
Historical Resources: Books, State Librry archives, old photographs, newspapers and journals.
Inspiration does not need to be related to your topic/subject.
Inspiration can be anything. The key is to train your eye to find something interesting in the most randomess things.
Fabrics, Sculptures, Shapes within Nature, Automotive etc.
When you have collected your inspiration – use them by creating visualisation drawings. Always annote where your inspiration arised from.
Methods, Materials & Media during Research Stage
It’s crucial that you find visuals that demonstrate how the 3M’s can be effectively used in a final. These examples should act as a starting point for you to begin your exploring and experimentation.