I decided to do a day of exploring 3 different exhibitions that is currently going on around London. The first one I went to was Peter Kennard’s artwork based at the IWM. Peter Kennard is a political artist who expresses his anti-war views in his passive-aggressive images. His images I noticed varied in all different mediums, from charcoal, to collage, to photography, to paint.
His dark images are clear to what his views are about war and the government in Britain and around the world. His artwork is a classic example of making something different. As I was walking around, I was thinking about my project and the brief. Peter’s work may seem like a very dark series of paintings, but he communicates his views through this in such an explicit way it stays with you. His work made me think more about my project, and how I will need to try and get the audience’s attention, as well as make them feel as much emotion as possible in order for my idea to be successful. Personally, I feel that if I try pushing the boundaries more with my idea, it will force me to think more about what I can do that more people will relate to.
The second exhibition I visited was the Design Museum. The Cycle Revolution was an exhibition that is currently being held, showing four main categories of the types of cycling and cyclers – The high performers, the thrill seekers, the urban riders and the cargo bikers. Each section shows examples of the different bikes and how they have adapted and changed over the years. The exhibition even has an area with a bicycle-making workshop with companies who have recorded videos on how to make bikes, as well as a glimpse of bikes of the future. What I noticed from this was the use of wood on the bikes than metal.
Because of the reduction of resources happening for our future, the bicycles of the future are considered for this, and puts into perspective of how we need to ration luxury materials such as plastics and metal. 21st Century cyclists have the needs of wanting to lead a healthier and sustainable lifestyle, and this puts into perspective of how my project should be.
There was also another part of the exhibition, which we had to pay close attention to with this project. The designers of the year 2015 I noticed had a lot focused on sustainability and modification. What really stood out for me was the lamppost that plays with your reflection, and the app that helps people choose what to buy when they are shopping. The posters about deformed fruits and vegetables also took my interest. I loved the simplicity of the designs, and the layout is direct and straightforward.
There were a lot of objects that were also relating to your health. The CardioArm was designed to monitor people’s blood pressure while they exercise as well as their heart rate. The lightweight design really inspired me to want to think about making a technologic device of my own that would be easy to carry around and store away also.
Most importantly, the app for mindful shopping demonstrated a clever cycle of the consumer’s priorities when they shop. This got me thinking on to whether I should consider this when I have to think about my target audience, because I would want me product to be useful as well as available to everyone. This really made me have another think about the machine I am designing. I thought I could make my product more useful for everyone, and I decided to think about how I could reduce the resources I am using. I got this idea from the app when they considered the usage of the materials used on each packaging, as well as the benefits of each product.
The app has really inspired me to think about making an app for my product. It would be different in how the idea concept will work with regards to nutrition and the idea of getting people to know exactly what they need in their body, instead of going by what society estimates people should do/have.
Thinking about my idea, this exhibition has really inspired me to want to think about our health mainly. Because obesity is growing, as with wastage of food and products, we need to think about what we are buying and using. It is clear seeing the evolution of the bikes that for over 50 years, the overuse of luxury materials was seen as the best option, especially when selling a produce, but it appears that the design concept of “less is more” is becoming more apparent.
The third exhibition was an exhibition that is only running for 10 days called Zealous X. Every day they hold different workshops, but they present works from artists, designers, photographers, film makers etc. what I loved about the exhibition, was despite it being a very small one, it had some bits of design that was different and unique in its own way. I really liked the light that reflects itself, which I thought was clever. As well as all of the exhibitions, every one showed something different to another. I feel really inspired to think more outside of the box with my ideas, and try to combine more than one idea together to create something else that is different and out of the ordinary. From these exhibitions, I will look more into what I can combine to make something more sustainable for the future, as well as making a difference to people in the way that we live.