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Design Inspirations: Enzo Mari

When people ask me who is the best designer, I think of a 70 year old farmer who plants seeds of chestnut trees in his field. He works hard but he knows that he will not be there 15 years later, when the trees give out fruits, and shade and wood. Yet he does it anyway." Enzo Mari to DaMn Magazine 2010

If someone tried to build something, they would learn something" Enzo Mari

The remarkable ideas of Italian designer Enzo Mari continue to inspire us on a regular basis which is one reason why he’s the designer opening our occasional Design Inspirations series of posts. In this post we see Mari exploring one of his key ideas - the concept of cheap sustainable do-it-yourself design. Despite first publishing his ideas on the subject in his pivotal “Proposal for Self Design” book in 1974 this dimension of his work has often been misunderstood. Mari intended his “Proposal for Self Design” as an educational tool. It was not intended to be merely a plan for people to build his chair. I believe Mari was saying “you too can do this” to the general man (or woman) in the street. His chair design was laid out and presented as a ‘case history’ example for us to learn from and go forth and make our own interpretation. Fortunately his ideas seem to be coming back into focus - the proposal was revisited in 2010 (pictures above / videos below) thanks to Finnish company Artek who have also made the chair kit itself available for sale. Now we hope his new 2011 autobiographical book of essays “25 Ways to Hammer a Nail” will be translated into English soon. This is one designer we can all learn something from.

Video: Enzo Mari talks about Autoprogettazione

Video: Enzo Mari demonstrates how to assemble the chair

Video: Enzo Mari AA School of Architecture lecture

Carmel College

Megan Lee- Centre number

Phobias, fears and emotions

27th February 2015

Illustration

Whilst studying the UAL Diploma in Art and Design I have developed a range of skills and expanded on my knowledge. By studying a range of areas I have broadened my knowledge of art and design and learnt how to combine skills from different specialist areas into my work. I have been successful in a range of areas including Illustration, textiles and Graphic Design. I have successfully been able to plan and produce a group Exhibition, which expanded my skills in contextual awareness and problem solving. Throughout the first 12 units I have become more independent and learnt to organise myself and the facilities I have at hand to ensure that I am as successful as I can be.  I have chosen the pathway of Illustration because it is something that I aim to peruse in the future. From studying this course and developing skills within illustration it has influenced my project proposal as it has enabled me to develop a self-initiated art and design project.

The concept of my final project is to explore Phobias, fears and emotions through typography. I will explore hand rendered and digitally created type and illustration techniques to communicate my phobia theme. My specialist pathway for this project will be Illustration and I hope it will allows me to gain more skills and techniques to work towards my goal of studying Graphic Design at Salford University. I will research a wide variety of contextual sources including graphic designers, illustrators, artists and any other sources of creative inspiration. Through analysing these sources I will develop ideas and create responses, developing practical solutions. I will research using a range of primary and secondary sources creating detailed research plans. Using such a wide range of research will give me the ideas and knowledge needed to make sure that my project is successful. To make sure I am on top of my work I will be using my time carefully, setting myself a detailed daily plan of what I need to do, this will help me to understand what problems I have occurred and help me to plan how to work around them. I will ensure that I am using the facilities which the college offers to the best of my advantage. For example the studio will allow me to take high quality pictures of my work. Throughout the project I will be documenting the changes using a diary.

During my project I will be reflecting and evaluating my work documenting this on my blog and in my diary. This will be updated daily including activities, tutorials and ideas. From taking part in group critiques and asking for tutorials I will be able to get an opinion from my peers who will help me to expand on my strengths and weaknesses. After reflecting on my work I am going to be acting upon this and improving the work so that I am able to see what I have learnt and then see what I am going to do to improve.

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Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Date: 2012

Type: High Density Residential / Studio Individual

An architectural proposition that is a positive and dynamic contribution to the skyline of Auckland’ CBD

Incorporates technologies that can capture energy and water in sufficient quantities to allow the design proposal to be self-sufficient or even provide an excess

Moderate the climate and contribute to the ecology of the city.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA GRADING

1. Context
Critical and contextual perspective: In this context relates to the level of intellectual analysis, evaluation and understanding of the broader context within which the project proposal may be situated, likely to be evidenced in project proposals, personal statements, personal reflective journals, notebooks, exploratory drawings, images, constructions and artifacts.

Pass
Use a range of critical and contextual perspectives to initiate a personal self-directed art and design project proposal. Use detailed analysis and evaluation to clarify and develop a personal self-directed art and design project proposal.

Merit
Use a range of critical and contextual perspectives to initiate a personal self-directed art and design project proposal to a high standard. Use detailed analysis and evaluation to clarify and develop a personal self-directed art and design project proposal to a high standard.

Distinction
Use a range of critical and contextual perspectives to initiate a personal self-directed art and design project proposal to a very high standard. Use detailed analysis and evaluation to clarify and develop a personal self- directed art and design project proposal to a very high standard.

2. Research:
interpretation: In this context relates to an elucidation
of meaning in relevant material necessary to support
and progress identified goals, likely to be evidenced
in research journals, notebooks, drawing books and personalised collections of edited research material. Initiative: In this context relates to a willingness and resourcefulness in developing lines of enquiry, likely to be evidenced in research journals, notebooks, drawing books and personalised collections of edited research material.
Commitment: In this context relates to the level of and personal responsibility in pursuit of identified goals, likely to be evidenced in research journals, notebooks, drawing books and personalised collections of edited research material.
Pass
Use wide-ranging and in-depth research to support the development of a personal self-directed art and design project. Use analytical and evaluative skills to develop a range of creative solutions to realise a personal self- directed art and design project.
Merit
Use wide-ranging and in-depth research to support the development of a personal self-directed art and design project to a high standard. Use analytical and evaluative skills to develop a range of creative solutions to realise a personal self-directed art and design project to a high standard.
Distinction
Use wide-ranging and in-depth research to support the development of a personal self-directed art and design project to a very high standard. Use analytical and evaluative skills to develop a range of creative solutions to realise a personal self-directed art and design project to a very high standard.

3. Problem Solving:
Self direction: In this context relates to the level of personal initiative and commitment necessary to achieve identified goals, likely to be evidenced in personal reflective journals, notebooks, drawing books and in exploratory and summative drawings, images, constructions and artefacts.
Practical, theoretical and technical understanding: In this context relates to the level of comprehension, appreciation, knowledge and proficiency necessary
to achieve identified goals, likely to be evidenced in personal reflective journals, notebooks, drawing books and in exploratory and summative drawings, images, constructions and artefacts.

Pass
Solve complex practical and technical problems within a personal self-directed art and design project. Solve complex theoretical problems within a personal self- directed art and design project.
Merit
Solve complex practical, technical and theoretical problems within a personal self-directed art and design project to a high standard. Solve complex theoretical problems within a personal self-directed art and design project to a high standard.
Distinction
Solve complex practical, technical and theoretical problems within a personal self-directed art and design project to a very high standard. Solve complex theoretical problems within a personal self-directed art and design project to a very high standard.

4. Planning and production
Planning: In this context relates to the ability to plan and organise work within a given timeframe, likely to be evidenced in project proposals, personal reflective journals, notebooks, personal timetables and diagrams.
Production: In this context relates to the efficient production of work within a given timeframe, likely to be evidenced in personal reflective journals, notebooks, exploratory drawings, images, constructions, artefacts and exhibitions.

Pass
Demonstrate the ability to efficiently plan, organise and produce a personal self-directed art and design project within an agreed time frame.

Merit
Demonstrate the ability to efficiently plan, organise and produce a personal self-directed art and design project within an agreed time frame to a high standard.

Distinction
Demonstrate the ability to efficiently plan, organise and produce a personal self-directed art and design project within an agreed time frame to a very high standard.

5. Practical skills:
Skills: In this context relates to the ability to control materials and processes effectively to communicate ideas and sensations in pursuit of identified goals, likely to be evidenced in exploratory and summative drawings, images, constructions and artefacts.

Pass
Demonstrate the exploration, adaptation and application of a range of practical methods and skills in the realisation of a personal self-directed art and design project.
Merit
Demonstrate the exploration, adaptation and application of a range of practical methods and skills in the realisation of a personal self-directed art and design project to a high standard.
Distinction
Demonstrate the exploration, adaptation and application of a range of practical methods and skills in the realisation of a personal self-directed art and design project to a very high standard.

6. Evaluation and reflection:
Critically evaluative: In this context relates to the application of intellectual curiosity and rigour in making judgements and establishing meaning and values,
to progress and achieve identified goals, likely to be evidenced in personal reflective journals, notebooks, exploratory, summative drawings, images, constructions and artefacts and in the final critical review and evaluation of the project.
Reflective: In this context relates to the level of contemplation and deliberation necessary to progress and achieve identified goals, likely to be evidenced in personal reflective journals, notebooks, exploratory and summative drawings, images, constructions and artefacts.
Pass
Maintain detailed critically evaluative and reflective records of the development of a personal self-directed art and design project. Use evaluative and reflective skills to make perceptive decisions in support of a personal self- directed art and design project.
Merit
Maintain detailed critically evaluative and reflective records of the development of a personal self-directed art and design project to a high standard. Use evaluative and reflective skills to make perceptive decisions in support of a personal self-directed art and design project to a high standard.
Distinction
Maintain detailed critically evaluative and reflective records of the development of a personal self-directed art and design project to a very high standard. Use evaluative and reflective skills to make perceptive decisions in support of a personal self-directed art and design project to a very high standard.

7. Presentation:
Capability: In this context relates to the degree of competence or proficiency shown in the organisation and presentation of themselves and the evidence generated by the project proposal and realisation.

Pass
Explore a range of considered strategies to present a personal self-directed art and design project. Present a personal self-directed art and design project skillfully and proficiently to a specified audience.
Merit
Explore a range of considered strategies to present a personal self-directed art and design project to a high standard. Present a personal self-directed art and design project skillfully and proficiently to a specified audience to a high standard.
Distinction
Explore a range of considered strategies to present a personal self-directed art and design project to a very high standard. Present a personal self-directed art and design project skillfully and proficiently to a specified audience to a very high standard.

ASSESSMENT LECTURE

Today we had a lecture on the coming unit of our final project for FMP UNIT 7. In this lecture we were given the assessment criteria in order to know what we will need to fulfil to maximise our grades. We were also told the levels such as pass, merit and distinction and what we needed to do to achieve that. Following each of the criteria and including everything at each point would allow me to pass at distinction if everything was completed to its highest standard.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
Assessment Criteria step by step.

1.1 Use a range of critical and contextual perspectives to initiate a personal self directed art and design project proposal

1.2 Use detailed analysis and evaluation to clarify and develop a personal self directed art and design project proposal

2.1 Use wide ranging and in-depth research to support the development of a personal self directed art and design project

2.2 Use analytical and evaluative skills to develop a range of creative solutions to realise a personal self directed art and design project

3.1 Solve complex practical and technical problems within a personal self directed art and design project

3.2 Solve complex theoretical problems within a personal self directed art and design project

4.1 Demonstrate the ability to efficiently plan, organise and produce a personal self directed art and design project within an agreed time frame

5.1 Demonstrate the exploration, adaptation and application of a range of practical methods and skills in the realisation of a personal self directed art and design project

6.1 Maintain detailed critically evaluative and reflective records of the development of a personal self directed art and design project

6.2 Use evaluative and reflective skills to make perceptive decisions in support of a personal self directed art and design project

7.1 Explore a range of considered strategies to present a personal self directed art and design project

7.2 Present a personal self directed art and design project skillfully and proficiently to a specified audience

FMP ASSESSMENT CRITERIA IN LAYMEN’S TERMS: ||||||||||||||||||||||||||simple form of the criteria||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

1.1/ research ideas looking at artists think of ideas.

1.2/ looking at research and analysing the outcomes, what else does it need? Look at other artists and see what else could be done. Looking at scale, colour, audio and think about the outcome whether that will be detailed.

2.1/ then start to use the outcomes and develop different methods.

2.2/ start making things and adapting methods, using ideas perform outcomes.

3.1/ solving problems in your practice by getting around difficulties such as elements that won’t work, finding solutions.

3.2/ theoretical problems

4.1/ efficiency and planning using the timetable created and managing work, making sure work is productive. A plan of what your journey is and how you will tackle problems and record them along the way.

5.1/ demonstrate, show yourself doing the work, your outcome! Photograph all the work that your doing. You adapt and model your work to refine it. Capture all the parts of the project, this allows you to demonstrate the process that leads up to the final outcome.

6.1/ maintain detail and critically evaluative is not just describing what you do in the process but ‘I did this because’ … You need to say evaluative points critically, you can say whether the work is good or bad. Ask people for crits and tutors for their responses. Why does it work? What’s good about it? Getting numerous points of view and then evaluating what you think as well will help you develop you’re work yourself.

7.1/ the exhibition, work will be framed and presented. Every last detail needs to be the finest quality that it can be.