Sunday, 14 December 2008

Extendable Storage Surface - Response to crisis

Following crisis of will I have concentrated on the crisis in the place here effects of this kind of crisis can be of grater repercussion than in others.

Motivation to work therefore is essential for our life style.

Can the work space motivate people to do what they are there for?

I have prepared a questionnaire asking people about their activities motivation related to heir work space. I have received answers from 14 people of different gender, age (21 – 32 years old), and nationality. Based on those comments I have drawn two main conclusions.

1 conclusion: cluttered workspace is highly unpopular and causes reluctance toward any activity in the place of work among over 80% of respondents

2 conclusion; regardless of the level of care about the work space people tend to personalize it with different kinds of objects of special meanings useless in the process of wok but essential for building relation to the place. To make them feel more comfortable and eager to come and work.

Those two tendencies are contrary in many cases causing the space always full of details on the surfaces which meant to be free for work. I would like to take it out off the way of other commonly used surfaces: desktop and shelves and expand it according to increasing or decreasing needs

I am introduced to Jo-Anne Bichard which was involved in the welcoming workplace' design research project with Jeremy Myerson. I am meeting her after Christmas to see whether her knowledge about this kind of space can feed my project in any way.

Until this time I came out with proposition of an element for space, being neither furniture, nor a board but can be helpful to organize the mementos in quite flexible way according to the arrangement of the place. This will be roughly based on the rule of jigsaw puzzle but not strictly in its iconic but maybe rather splash-like shape and maybe with 2 or 3 complementary elements or cluster elements with interlocking sides.

In small version it requires only one element attached to the wall, beam or a piece of furniture on which more of those elements “live”. It can grow in different directions and have different curvature depending on the stiffness of the material and be reinforced in different places of its range. They can create a frame for photograph, pin up surface, a small shelves for figurines, small models. I can imagine it made of cut wood as it is here, solid cut polypropylene, rotation melded polypropylene, cast stiff polyurethane - plain or finished with textile cover or with a layer of other material.

I can see some resemblance to some architectural elements like keystone or kind of tiles. It could be a kind of flexible wall in different sizes of basic elements.

I did found similar way of using form in Leaning Moulds of work of Maruja Fuentes, or Blob Wall by Greg Lynn,

I can imagine that he producer of this kind of objects is placed in the home-office equipment and stationary sector of market. I would consider:




The other kind of product it could be developed is a kind of structural

wall or multi-element furniture.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Interim show

Poster illustrating the crisis of will, lack of motivation, laziness, avoidance.

Design by Maciek Wojcicki

Monday, 24 November 2008

November Objects

Critical situations forces us to try to do with what we have more than we did before .
Crisis can do us good - it is the motor of development. We live in constantly changing world - in constant crisis.

Design by Maciek Wojcicki
The cups work by avoiding obstacles. Their function can be clearly seen on the busy surface of a desk where they prevent spilage.

Design by Maciek Wojcicki
In both , the shelf piece and the table leg a motivation, which is a set of reasons to perform a task, is translated into the way of connecting elements of construction to keep their shape. It is forced by straps to perform a function. With time though the performance of straps changes.
Publicized in Wallpaper magazine online gallery:

Design by Maciek Wojcicki

Design by Maciek Wojcicki
The under-hanged books may be an interesting way o display in a shop or gallery. The use of designed polypropylene holders prevents damages and keeps books in the right place.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Workshop with Daniel Eatock - 13.11.2007

The restrictions ot the workshop by Daniel Eatock.

1 To make something out of what you will find within the college.
2 Make it till the end of today (10.00 - 16.00).
3 Ask someone to make it for you.
4 Spend no money.
5 It should be one one object plus one system (idea of it).
6 Make one restriction on your own.
7 Brake one of those rules.

Some inspirations I found.

Quick umbrella mockups made out of easy to reycle materials found in the college area (45 minutes task).

The plan was to give it away to the people on the steet.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Useful books and movies

Books I have red and movies I have watched that may influence my CRISIS.

The island of Dr Moreau - HG Wells
A brave new world - Aldous Huxley
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonegut
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Brazil - Terry Guilliam
The Matrix - Wachowski Brothers
1984 - George Orwell

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Crisis Unlimited

Interrogate the concept of crisis. Start mapping out different types, scales and examples. Explore social, cultural, and technological aspects that interests you. This is the start of a long term research. For the next week please start a large format map that ha ten first inputs.

The mindmap of the 10 crisises I choose and their subcrisises.
Some of them have common critcal aspects.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Mini Crisis - brief

Try to imagine a tiny crisis critical moment:
Analyse all the circumstances surrounding the event. Try to foresee the different solutions and the different outcomes that will manifest from it. As in every critical situations you will end up having two main alternatives one which works towards maintaining things the way thy were and another which will imply a change in the status quo.

Choose and explore the one that in your eyes would introduce the most extreme form of change.
The situation would have to be resolved through a design object, or the resolution of the problem would have to generate such an object.

In your response take into the consideration the human reactions to crisis: FEAR, ANGER, GUILT, SHOCK, DISBELIEF, DENIAL, ACCEPTANCE and make them a guiding principle of your thinking.

Present your design and a ten image slide-show that tells the story of your crisis and its resolution.

Mini Crisis - Sudden and unexpected change of position

Sudden changing of position resolutions