DESIGN PROCESS


Designing is a process that comprises a series of steps involving the right and left sides of the human brain. The right part has the primary role in thinking intuitively and left part tends to think analytically. While we think intuitively, we can handle the complex situation of design as it helps to find out possibilities for future plans. In the case of analytical thinking, the study of an existing process takes place; organizing a sequence of complex information along with a chain of logic that helps to dispose a plan. Both of these design processes poses shortcomings as former one cannot distinguish the possibilities proposed is correct or incorrect and later one cannot imagine the integration of inputs. Thus, solutions for sustainable design attained only if both the design process coordinates well.
In the article “The Alternating Current of Design Process” the author reflects on the three stages of design; stage of romance, stage of precision and stage of generalization giving an example of networking of water resources. These stages are controlled in sequence first by right part, second by left part and finally by right part of the brain to approach a design with alternating solutions. I want to take an example of our project 2 (Em(body)ment) during which we explore the college premises to understand the human proportion and scale in the existing environments. We discussed different possibilities and suggestions about human scale and how we use the existing elements  daily. This is the stage of romance where we came with different ideas that helped us to predict how human scale works and we are now working with the human body and its parts to generate a concept. In order to be in stage of precision we have to sort out every possibility of positions that will best convey our concept of form. Finally, the stage of generalization is for the intuitive thinking about the form that we explored from the studying every details of the body. We will be designing a physical form conveying the qualities explored in the experiential sequence drawing without the body.

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2 thoughts on “DESIGN PROCESS

  1. Great overview of Lyle’s essay. How can you begin to use the “alternating current” of design process in project 2?

  2. Selecting the sequence drawing was like proposing the situation for my final model. I selected the Plough position of the Yoga where legs are moving over the body. But making model from this drawing really needed a brainstorming. It was time to think intuitively to construct a prototype. I tried to figure out how the body in the experiential sequence can represent a form. I traced the regulating lines, tried to explore in different direction from my drawing. It was state of proposing different ideas that is giving direction to designing a model. Then I sketched several drawings that may look similar to my sequence drawing or that may represent the regulating lines. I keep on thinking retracing with my pencil and imagining me in that position that how will I fit my body parts in these sketches or express that legs motion. I explore my sequence drawing in plan view and side view to reach to the stage of precision.

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