Thomas Heatherwick App

As Heatherwick is a very diverse designer, we found the design of our app difficult. We’ve spent a lot of time dedicated to coming up with various potential concepts, as posted below. First we went for quite a simple idea, with just a grey background to represent the metallic colours he uses throughout his work. I also created silhouettes of a few of his iconic creations to use within the background, and throughout our development and eventually our buttons. We experimented with using different iconic pieces of his work as the home page, till we finally landed on just using a texture.


As for each other page within the app, we wanted them to follow the same design concepts so have left them the same grey colour as them home page and relatively simple so as not to take away from the information within them. The links page we got working, re-directing you to safari. We also had the idea of creating a map view, to see where Heatherwick’s work was located around the world. Currently this is created as an image only, but it is something which could be developed on with further technical ability.


Thomas Heatherwick – initial research

Yesterday Iona and I met up to begin our research into Thomas Heatherwick and place it into the design profile template within indesign.

Heatherwick is a widely skilled man, practicing within architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, furniture design, strategic thinking, model making, fabrication, landscape design, fine art and curation. I’ve found this research to be very interesting, as he has such a wide range of skills. As part of our exercise due on Monday we have to chose key images to research by our designer, so Iona and I have chosen his iconic redesign of the London bus, rolling bridge, ‘spun’ chair and the Pavilion in Shanghai. He has a very unique style; everything is modern, curvaceous and with a mix of neutral and metallic colours.

Over the next few days we will be working on creating the designers profile which I will post here once complete.

Xcode and app design

Now second year dixd students, we have a bunch of new and more challenging projects to undertake. For our first project we have been given the task of designing and developing an app for an ipod/iphone, to showcase a designers work. Having been put into pairs, each of us were been given an individual designer to research. Over the next few weeks we will then take this information and place it into an app for the IOS platform which represents the designers style.

We’re developing in xcode, which I believe is new to all of us. So far we’ve only done the very basics but its enjoyable! I’ll be using this blog as a place for my research over the course of the project, looking into app developemnt, my designer (Thomas Heatherwick) and posting sketches, ideas and final outcomes.

Hit Escape

It’s been a while since posting anything on here – I pretty much neglected it once our blog was marked. I’ve decided it’ll be a good place to keep a record of what I do in DixD though, so I’ll do my best to keep updating as we work through the semester.

The last thing we did before we left was our video project, which can be found on our DixD video channel for first years.

My group decided to do a documentary called “Hit Escape”, focusing on how technology has changed our lives. It was an interesting topic to explore; we managed to gain interviews with many different groups of people getting an insight into what people really think of gaming and ways to ‘escape from reality

The other video uploaded, entitled “Romance” is the first video project we did. Each team got a style to shoot theirs in (Action, Adventure etc ) and we got an interesting one to tackle, Romance. We had to base it around technology; so our story was about a man falling in love with his DS game. The idea came from a news story about a Japanese man who married his DS.

I’ve found filming and editing to be something I really enjoy, so chose to become a member of DUSATV and have been involved with their projects from November onwards.

Google it

Google Logo

These days search engines seems to have become our answer to everything. From researching our essays to finding directions to self diagnosing illnesses – its a hypercondriac’s heaven. We have a vast array to chose from, Bing, Dogpile, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and Google being just a few examples.  Google now tells you how fast it finds results, and it literally takes fractions of a second. Information is now quite literally on our fingertips, whereas in the past you would need to go to the library and ask other people for help. It’s amazing the difference the internet has made to our lives.

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Interactive sound posters

“Every image has a sound”

That’s the logo for this series of posters designed for an advertising campaign for DM9’s sound production company. It’s an interesting concept, making their advertising interactive. I know something like this would definitely draw my attention.

Key Masters

In this day and age, terrorism fears are thought of as a physical thing; fears of plane hijackings, road-side bombs and suicide bombers. But could the world perhaps be expecting a new form of terrorism?

Credits to iquestionauthourity

As the internet has become such a huge part of our lives in recent years, there are obviously many concerns over it’s safety. Now you’d probably expect me to go on and talk about security software and the potential threat of viruses and trojans on your personal computer. But no, what I’m talking about is the back-up plan in the event of a security breach focused terrorist attack. If we are ever put in the situation where we have an ‘internet catastrophe’ and domain name system security is compromised, we’d be unable to verify if URLs are linking to the correct place. Meaning effectively, the internet is rendered useless.

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Internet Shopping

Arguably the invention of the internet enabled digital technologies is the single biggest revolutionary thing to happen to society in the last 50 years.


Credits to online-shoppingway

As stated above, the internet has changed our lives in so many ways. I honestly can’t imagine what life would be like without it, as it’s what I’ve grown up with. We are now at a stage where the younger generations know more about technology than our parents and grandparents; with many of them failing to keep up with the latest advancements. However one aspect which (from personal experience I would say) we’re on even ground is internet shopping.

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