I am going to branch out from the current concept design in order to play with different possibilities for my future design. Although I might end up advancing on the first concept, I feel it is best not to limit my options at this point.
Sticking with three-dimensional shapes, I will be pursuing a concept that combines multiple texture options in the same form so that the overall number of separate pieces can be reduced. They will be multi-functional forms that have multiple angle and height options so that they can be used for different purposes.
The geometric forms on the left can be opened up and re-arranged to create new forms, as seen on the right, from the same number of modules. There can be increased surface area, a larger variety of angles to lean on, and greater height differences. This new combination of different heights and angles can be used for different purposes depending on what physical advancements the parent and child are working on at the moment. Having the ability to advance from simpler forms to more complex ones, the geometric shapes can be used for all levels of development.
Meeting with my Advisor: Stan Rickel
I sat with Stan, my thesis advisor, in order to gain some further insight into my most recent concept development. He advised me to break away from the standard, geometric forms that I have been inclined to using. In his opinion, these limited shapes are too common. Although I will continue to test out this concept using physical forms, Stan suggested that I try to find more irregular shapes to use, ones that can be used both individually and as a unit. Instead of creating forms out of the top of my head, Stan also said that it might be a good idea to look at already existing shapes in my surroundings and see how each of them could influence new forms for my design.
I have been drawn to using geometric forms since the beginning due to their straight edges and abilities to become modular. I did not consider using softer, more organic shapes because I could not see them being able to be used stably in different directions without having any flat edges to support them. In my mind, softer shapes were limited to completely rounded forms that had no ability to support and stabilize the child while they were being used. I did not consider that I could manipulate the forms to perform the exact functions that would be required, such as adding thicker parts to certain areas for greater support and creating curved edges so that they can be laid down and keep their stability while in use.
How can I create fun, curvy forms with no defined flat edges that can still be firmly positioned on the floor and can be used on all sides for different purposes? In addition, how can I manipulate various textures and densities with the use of specific forms and material choices?
In order to begin this new exploration, I started to look at previously existing abstract forms that contain zero flat edges and rely on curved surfaces to enhance their shape. I took the time to look at all of the possibilities that can occur when they are turned over in multiple directions and when different amounts of weight are added to alternate sides. I will continue to experiment with these more natural forms so that I can tap into their potential for my design concept.