Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Industrial Design and The Bauhaus Movement

Prototype by Industrial Designer

Previously, I'm analyzing the write up by Prof. Dr.Baharuddin Ujang which talk about design issues,language of design,design today etc.However, I'm interested on some topic which discuss on Industrial Designers and The Bauhaus Movement. Since, i knew some of my fellas are scratching their head in finding some information on Bauhaus movement, therefore I hope the information i give might be help them.

Industrial design is specifically the broad term that encompasses a multitude of the products of industry.  These products range from consumer goods (toys,furniture, sports equipment, commercial goods  (gasoline pumps, cash registers) to durable goods (machinery tools, transportation equipment).  Industrial design involves a process of "analyzing, creating, planning and developing articles for mass manufacture" (Lindbeck , 1963,p.89).
Sketches by Industrial Designer

One of the early major influences of modern design has been the School of Bauhaus which was founded in Weimar, Germany in 1919. It introduced a simplified style for the twentieth century . Bauhaus design, according to Papanek (1984) and Evans (1973) was characterized by functionalism, simplicity, elimination of superfluous and ostentatious ornament, and clarity of uninterrupted planes. The Bauhaus were concerned with the "creation of products which were primarily functional, yet visually correct" (Lindbeck, 1963,p.86).

Some of the product produce by Industrial Designer
Clearly, the Bauhaus school of thought has had a strong influence in art and design education. According to Papanek (1984), almost every design school in the United States has used and still uses the basic foundation design course developed by the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus philosophy strongly suggested that there was and is an international style and that this style was derived from an understanding of the function of the object together with an understanding of the aesthetic of the material and the production process. This philosophy has been the primary force in design education and design practice. In many ways, the Bauhaus has become the mark or signature of what has become accepted as good design in the global arena.
The Bauhaus Dessau

According to Lucassen (1995), the emergence of industrial design is a result of the increase in the production of goods. This relates directly to the mass production of goods and the economy Lucassen (1995) also adds that design answers the industrial demand for distinction and provides an added value on products. Lucassen (1995) states that the discipline of industrial design “was born from the idea of brightening up everyday life conferring a sensory richness on the everyday environment in order to enrich human experience: aestheticization as an instrument of humanization, (p.35)." Thus, on one hand there is mass production and an economic motive; and on the other hand, there is a utopian side.

p/s : to be continued soon!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

René Descartes - Cogito ergo sum


I knew there are tans of my friends will post the same things as I am.
We're attend a design history class handled by Suzy Sulaiman. Mostly people knew her from Re-Cap.Google it fellas!!

So here I am to talk a little bit about our understanding from her 1st lesson.

René Descartes was born on March 31, 1596 in La Haye, France.Descartes become one of the most influential thinkers in human history,and is sometimes called the founder of modern philosophy.

                                                                               René Descarte

As for our class,we're exposed to his famous quote ~ Cogito ergo sum which means I Think , Therefore I Am. The quote derived from his Discourse on Method (1637) which is Descartes philosophy and autobiographical treatise.

From my understanding, during the French Revolutions,its lead to downfall of the French Monarchy. Therefore, city become such a damn hell living in chaos.

People are struggling without a proper luck which lead them to think without relying themselves to the monarchy of church. At that time,people had a learning process for being human as whole.They started to understand the feel to be oppress and rise up face the situation.
                                                     French Revolution

As a kick-start,they started to give a challenge for themselves to fulfill their imagination which coming from their steps to start the thinking progress. Therefore, they began to create an industrial revolutions where machines are created and their adorable things are made.They started to understand the meaning of supplies and demand.The human skill developed.The obsession are getting bigger.

At that time, they started to understand the important of irrigation, constructions, and infrastructure in an urban dwelling.The situation really gives some boom to help them generated their mindset.

See, from the timelines we could identify that there are some revolution in the way of people acts and think. They start to began the modernization and urbanization. Therefore, the needs becomes priority to be solve.As for design revolution, we could understand the time that influence the design culture.When it comes the needs,therefore there will be a design effort on it.

As we understand, our surrounding is full design.You absolutely can't deny about it.Even the fancy laptop or PC you are using right now to view this page are also created from design activities.

                              Even Coldplay using this painting for their latest album Viva la Vida

Therefore, hopefully it's not too hard for you to understand what is the relation between the french revolution,the Descartes quote and the design history.


p/s : lets Lily Eppows..!!

Daddy's giving birth

Here come this blog.

This blog doesn't have a mum, its a little complicated to explain how does XX could survive without the XY.

Doesn't means this blog owner is gay. (demmit i'm pretty normal)

I suppose to register this blog name at JPN. . . . .you are insane if u think i should.

If you are looking for porn site, you better make some coffee and spread it all over on your computer screen until it make some fire fest in your room. . . . and your neighbor might think you have some mentally retarded issues.

Again, this is not a porn site. . .

p/s : welcome :D