Faculty: Gaurang Shah | Amal Shah

TA: Shikha Mehta

Elements of Form and Space

Form changes noise into music, simple marks into alphabets and writing and coloured brush strokes into painting. For designers form gives shape and structure to the raw materials of the world shaped by data, information, intelligence, creativity and imagination.

Form is much more than the appearance or aesthetic properties of an object created by its outer surface. Form depends on the users viewpoint and the environment in which it is located; it is the expression of a product’s practicality, usability, and desirability and may convey social and cultural meaning or what John Dewey calls its intellectual, practical, and emotional characteristics. It is all aspects of an objects character, including the values and culture to which it belongs. The totality of sensory experience and perception of every object is, in some way, conveyed by its form.

The Elements of Form and Space Studio refined and sharpened the students’ perceptual and aesthetical sensibility to all aspects of form making including: geometric relationships; form integration; form manipulation and form transitions explored through sketching, drawing and physical and virtual modelling. Students gained the skills to understand and apply basic principles of form generation and to articulate their form ideas visually and verbally.

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Week 1-3 Objectives: Understanding of laws that govern human perception. - A subsequent application and integration of visual Laws on form manipulation in a logical, yet creative manner. - To be able to extract an individual method and technique of perception of form. - Visual and verbal communication skills

Week 4-5 Objectives: Insightful understanding of the bridge between basic straight-line order and basic curvilinear order - Learning of factors governing human perception - Understanding of basic frames of reference in visual perception - Verbal and visual communication skills. Understanding of various attributes – pertaining to 3D form relationships - An understanding of the basic frames of reference in visual perception - Learning to evolve and manipulate 3D forms to create “good” consolidation among its planes using curvature as a tool towards integration of Form

Week 6-8 Objectives: Understanding and learning to a generation off interrelationships between two or more end forms in space - Understanding of basic frames of reference in visual perception - Learning to create “optimal” surfaces in the quest to achieve “good form”

Week 9-13 Objectives: Consolidation and synthesis of the previous inputs given in the realm of this studio including usage of appropriate software tools - Application of all previous learnings into tangible products addressing both form, functionality and context - Learning to relate the product to the user - Learning to practically apply the design process to a desired end of a given problem area

Week 14-16 Objectives: Learning to deal with constraints - Learn to apply Material and process related know how for practical outdoor use - Learn detailing of products - Learning to present ideas and concepts effectively – visual as well as verbal (including technical drawings) - Presentation techniques