Tangaroa College Bespoke Shelving Project

14 lessons

Developed Ideas

Time to get real! That is, it's time to take your first ideas and develop them by using all of the thinking you have just done about function, construction and where your storage solution is going.

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Equipment and tools

  • Workbook/ digital portfolio
  • Pen/ pencils (different colours)
  • Laptop/computer
  • Camera to digitise your drawings (if you are working digitally)

Lesson content

Ok here's where it gets hard. So far there has been a whole of of looking and thinking and talking to people. A wee bit of drawing but nothing too serious. From here on in you need to change gears; the next lesson is all about bringing together everything you have done and designing something that will be fit for purpose. Basically, this is the ‘detail’ part, where every detail of your design ideas should be considered, including how it would work and how it would be constructed.

Some helpful guiding questions at this point could be:

  • What ideas have I made that could be adapted?
  • Which ideas are definitely out? 
  • Do I need to do a bit more research?
  • How do my new ideas met all the specs in the given brief?


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    Turn feedback into sketches

    Use the information from your stakeholder and what you know about your objects and selected space to develop your first sketches. You know, the ones you did way back in Lesson 5.

  2. 2

    10 Designs

    Draw at least 10 new design ideas. We know, it seems like a lot but this will really help you stretch out your ideas and force you to think outside the box. When you start really breaking down an idea 10 seems too few. I mean, there are at least 10 different types of joinery you could be using. Let alone detailing, materials and finishes!

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    Make sure you annotate your design ideas with measurements, notes about use, material selection, and possible construction techniques. Get all of your thinking down - even if you're writing a question. E.g. 'will can I get birch veneer ply or will I have to use the pine in stock?'.

  4. 4

    Stakeholder Feedback

    Get stakeholder feedback on your design ideas and produce 5 more refined ideas inspired by that feedback. Remember, you have a primary stakeholder (who you are designing this storage for) but you also have your classmates, your classroom teacher, the technical staff and anyone who uses storage in general!

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    If working digitally add photos of your drawings with stakeholder feedback to your portfolio.

  6. 6

    Card Models

    Select at least 2 ideas to turn into card models - label them and explain why you picked them. These should be the ideas you want to see in 3D and are seriously considering developing.

Hollie's examples

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Hollie's Refined ideas

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