Recently I have just finished my first project of second year, titled 'Juteopolis'. In an earlier post I explained a little about this theme and a little about the progress I had made. Now on the completion of the project I thought it was good practise to look back on the experience and be quite critical.
Task: Design an exhibition space for the DCA based on the theme of Juteopolis.
This project was the first after a long summers break but not only that it was also a group project. This was such a good opportunity for me as a designer to learn how to work in a group with different people and practise skills that could be used in a group. Things like listening to people's opinions, splitting tasks, recognising people's strengths and assigning tasks to them as best as possible. This was such a learning experience for me but something that I really enjoyed.
So as I explained before our group decided to focus on the connections that the jute industry brought to Dundee - not only through the industry but also the friendships that were made. A shocking fact that stuck in the mind of our group was that on average 8 people shared a house. Using this as the main idea behind our exhibition design we looked at many different ways that we could communicate this idea and the common occurrence was that of cubes. The cubes representing the cramped tenement housing.
Above all of this we had to consider aspects that we had never been asked before to think about. Sustainability, transportation...
In the end we made an exhibition space based on 8 cubes that all connected, each made from cardboard. This may seem as an obvious solution to the sustainability element as it is a material that can be recycled but actually this material provided a solution to both the problems of sustainability and transportation as cardboard is lightweight and due to the size of some of our cubes it was crucial that they did not weigh too much.
Each cube conveyed their own idea, (almost like a family member's perspective) some more obvious than others and allowed high levels of interaction.