by Number One | 20170129
Good on ya for choosing to tackle a new material! This will be fun, Visitor.
Take a look at the Design Brief for this job, Visitor. Then come back here and let's get started.
I'll wait for you.
Great, so you have an idea of the scope and requirements, now. The first step is to start brainstorming. I'd like you to come up with a list of ideas (20 or so) that include the following points. Post the list, and associated pictures, as a single entry on your google+ portfolio. (If you're not sure how to do this, see Number One.)
- Which kind of jewelry you'd like to make (pendant, keyring fob, bracelet or earrings)
- Who/what you will use as influences (to start searching for ideas you could look here, here, here or here)
- Sources of inspiration other than your influences (designs you like, themes like "fruit" or "animals" and so on)
- Pictures of items that you find inspiring - create a small gallery for your portfolio post
- Detailed notes about what you notice, how you feel, and how the influence seems important to you
Number One and I expect that this step will take at least an entire period supplemented by some research time at home. Don't skip over this stage...take your time! Really explore the possibilities and allow yourself to become immersed in the influences. Look at their work (lots of it) and save a few snapshots of pieces/products/results that you feel particularly drawn to for your gallery. This will become your mood board, to which you can return for inspiration and ideas during the ideation, development and creation phases.
On the other hand, don't spend more than one period of school time on this part of the project. You should focus hard and get it completed before you return for the next class period. That way you'll be on schedule and ready for the next phase.
Good progress. Next step is to focus your research a bit more tightly. Start deciding how those influences and inspirations will turn into products.
This might mean you choose specific shapes you're going to work with, or maybe a central theme, or perhaps the designer whose works most inspires you. Start to make some preliminary, (very) rough sketches of ideas and notes about possibilities.
After you've captured some of your initial ideas, go back and review your gallery and notes. Use it for further inspiration or to help you focus on the ideas you've already captured.
Start generating design ideas, aiming for small, clear sketches of your piece. Add annotations to show your thoughts. Don't use a ruler, guide, or eraser. None of your ideas can be wrong and they're all worth saving.
When you have a set of at least 5 possibilities, see Number One to discuss them. Talk about which are feasible, what complications you might run into, and why you like these particular ideas.
Nifty. Now I want you to select the one design you'd like to work up into a finished piece of jewelry:
- Sketch it clearly and carefully, showing all the details you'll need
- Annotate it to show dimensions as well as any other details you should include
- Create a pen rendering to show what the final version should look like
When you've got that finished, you're ready to go on to the production phase and actually make your jewelry. Edison is ready for you.