Basic Formgiving Skills

Elective - graded 8/10 - B2.1 - ID@TU/e

This course explored the main communication tool of a designer, being form. To be able to understand how to communicate as a designer, one should learn the form language. Hands-on form study exercises compose this course that has learned me that giving form is the continuous dialogue and reflection between me and the artifact. In this course a focus was drawn upon several aspects of formgiving such as: form abstraction, product copy, materialization, form integration and form family. “The things from nature speak to us (if we have learned to understand their language), those that are artificially constructed must be given a voice, too (here language and meaning are assigned to the things, for they cannot speak on their own). The objects (products) should say how they originated, which technologies were used to create them, and from which cultural context they arose. They should also tell us something about their users and their way of life, about real or supposed memberships in social groups, about their values. First, the designer must understand these languages; then, he must be able to teach the objects to speak. Once we understand this, we can recognize the respective shapes of lives in the shapes of objects (Bauer-Wabnegg 1997).” (Bernhard E. Burdek, p84-85)

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