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Monday, October 30, 2006

Why can be not just create O-Zone? (Environmental Design)

Hello all! As there were no lectures that I could Blog productively on, I have decided to do one on the current debate on the Environment.

The government has plans to tax the car user soooo much in the future to the extent that people stop people using cars at all! This as a view of having no cars on the road is great....all fine...but what are we supposed to do without them? Plus this will effect only the mass less wealthy people and not the wealthy ones who it is the main aim to cut down.

My view on this is that the Government is taking this the wrong way. It is taxing so that people leave their cars. But their is no alternative. The transport system in the U.K. is really bad and expensive. So that is not the alternative.I own a bike. It is impossible to ride on the roads without atleast one time in your journey a "fat cat" in his Landrover beeps you and almost runs you over. So that is dangerous. Walking? Do you know how long it takes! In our busy life style we donot have the time to spend walking to places such as school, activity centres, work, shops etc. Plus are the streets safe for your children to walk on? With paedophilia on the increase and the prisoner re-offending rate increasing would it be wise? There is no other transport option. That is where design must step in....Why have a car at all! Why try producing a car which runs on electricity but takes more energy and pollution making it (Honda Prius)! Why not have a Chuklevision cart using the mechanics knowledge of gears to make things easier?

The taxation on energy is also stupid. Taxation on the humble washing machine and light bulb! What is the alternative, the government are not doing enough...they say they are to implement 20% renewable energyby a fluctuating time. So why 20% renewable energy and 100% tax? It's just out of proportion. What about the government's street lighting? Is it necessary in some areas? Do they have to be soo close together. Do they use energy efficient LED's instead of Bulbs?

So what difference will it make if all polluting transportation in the U.K. were banned. A recent report reveals that China will increase their pollution production to replace our saving in just 76 days!

So to the title question. Why in a day and age where science is developing so fast have we not yet found a way of creating/repairing the o-zone layer. If you can clone the cells of a human being can you not make a simple gas. If it is complicated why not clone the gas!...or something beacuse that is a short term fix that we need if the world is to survive.

Maybe it's just me and the process is actually more difficult....following the theory of my last blog , why has the cure for cancer and aids not here? Why is the o-zone layer not repairable? Maybe the answer is that our brains are reaching a peak or has peaked in history with minds such as Einstein, Newton & Brunel and now we are having to adopt so much more thinking that we cannot cope with the harder/high thatquantity of challenges are to follow.

This is an important issue....please comment even if you agree, disagree or have no veiw at all.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Digital Culture

What is Digital Culture:

Society today is heavily influnce by the digital world, especially the younger generations.

Video Games:
The developement of video games all centres around the virtual world evolvinging into the authentic world. The aim for the game designer today is to make their games mimic real life? mmmm... but not. The virtual world has no bounderys unlike are world which allows the gamer to live out their passions, drive a formula one car, do a double back flip on a skateboard, fly a helicopter or one of the most popular "passions" hidden deep in the sub conscious, to go on a mass killing spree!!!! ha ha. Most possible in the virtual world but well......ok possible in the real world but a little more frowned upon? So digital design has taken on a whole new reponsibility, the influencing of future generations or until digital culture crashes and burns. So without sounding two much like an oap i would just like to ask the question; are we, as future designers responsible for the actions of future generations as we influence them and provide them with the ellusion that they can do as they wish?

Does design follow culture or does culture follow design?

Sorry random blurb.


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Digital Culture

First of all, what is culture? is it beauty, aesthetics, design? personally i think culture is life, the way someone lives their life, and all aspects of creative thinking, music, art, design writing etc. ..culture is also how we comunicate with people. for example a news paper is a form of culture and is always a way of communicating current events around the world. so now we have Digital Culture, what exactly is that??

the way i see it it is a digital form of culture, people are now living out their live on computers, using the internet to communicate, produce art work, music etc... for exmaple you can now study computer art at abertay, so its a recognise form of art now.

however is this going too far, with the introduction of online role playing games(RPG) some people are choosing to live out thier life inside a game. in one very large online RPG World of Warcraft some people are acctually paid to patrol the game and take on other roles, for example be a shop keeper. now im not talkin paid in game credits, im talking real money, its ridiculous, you can just stay on you PC and earn a living in a virtual work, with virtual friend who you can speak to on headset, but you will only ever see a digital character, never speaking face to face. i think digital culture is going a bit too far, yes digital culture is good for speaking to people on the otherside of the world, or finding out news around the world in seconds but people still need to comunicate properly and experiance origional culture...

kinda started ranting there, oops.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

CMT What is (digital) culture?

Matthew Arnold's 1869 described culture as beauty, intelligence and perfection. He said that if we can reach that then everything in the world would be ok.

According to Raymond Williams 1958 said that culture is ordinary that it is symbolic dimensions of our lives. He was the man who introduced popular culture.

Computers and Cultural Transformation by Jaishree K. Odin. In this the importance of computers in society are talked about. As we know computers are use in everything these days so yes they do play a large place in society. It is said computers have been around for years the abacus was used 5000bc. This could be seen to be a type of computer. In 1961 a computer time-sharing system was designed by MIT and this was the start of the trend in computers.

Jean Baudrillard made the point that with new media we are not sure what is real or fake. Images can be easily manipulated to look like something that they are not. There is a direct world of experience out there but most people watch TV, on computers and play games etc.

Technology, computers use digital data for faster executing of algorithms. This is a mix between existing culture conventions of software. Computers can now be personalized and are customizable. This is useful for ourselves as we can make things on the computer as we want and are easily modifiable.

Changing people, technology, time and space could reshape new media. This would enable people to refine people’s boundaries through the configuration of people. New media is networking and programming. The most well known piece of new media you are on right now. The web, it uses a programmatic access to gain content. It connects people and documents in the real time.

Anyway time I got doing something else.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Why has innovation slowed down in design?

A new discussion point that i was chatting to my friend on msn messenger included:

Has innovation slowed down looking at history?
We concluded conclusively that invention and innovation has become slower. Things that we compared from the technologies today and the past included:
- The invention of the car (from nothing to an automobile) = We havn't found a way of making a car totally environmentally friendly that can be mass produced at an affordable price (we were predicting to be having floating cars by now!).
- The first man on the moon and the technologies to go into space (from scratch)= We havn't yet been able to put a human on Mars yet and we are still confused about pluto.
- The exploration of foriegn countries (at a time with no planes/proper navigation) = We havn't even found a way to explore our deepest ocean's yet etc.

And now to the question of the post assuming that i can actually go on forever about how we are not as advanced as our predecessor's.

Why has innovation slowed down in design?
I think media and society in this day and age are to blame. Why are most NASA scientists total unsociable geeks? It is because they are not taking into account the manipulation of the mind that the media and properganda is inflicting upon us.

The media is controlling the minds to an extent that fashions and trends are no longer a personal view of the mind. Instead they are adopted as a way to stay sociable and to stay fashionable. So design is now leaning towards a more fashionable product rather than a new cutting edge never seen before product hence suppressing design into a form which conforms with the taste of today. Why not try and make a product for the taste of tomorrow?

There are many issue's concerning this and the media is just one....the main one in my opinion. I can't wait to hear jonathan's view of this....but other's must join in the debate that could change the view of designers to become more innovative and creative.

Comments appreciated

Sunday, October 22, 2006


The portugeese footballer and the form of art!

I have to mention how at the beggining of the lecture I was really touched how Mr Carr backtracked to show the furniture slide and how he thought it was clostraphobic. If you read one of my previous post's you'll realised he'd echoed my words. This was flattering because he either looked at my post/got told about my post and responded or that we have the same level of thinking. Considering that the guy has a really good level of thinking (hence almost standing ovation after each lecture) it's flattering that he has the same level of thought.

... The Art Deco lecture clearly showed why I did not like the Art Nouveau lecture.

"I am a man of straight lines, I am a stick man"

I found it hard to do research as i could not follow most of Richards sources as i ahve spelt the names worng i.e. anna lassiert....i can't even google her!

Anyhoo my own research had to be done *Sigh*

These are some example of what I like in Art Deco:
- Architectural: The Chrysler Bulilding is instantly recognisablie because of it's spire. It's in an Art Deco style which suits the building along with the use of it's strong silver stainless steel colour.

- Furniture: This is the side of Mackintosh i like. The firniture is absolutely amazing and the switch that he made just shows how he was a major influence in both styles of designs but more so in deco as he made the change unlike some others.

I have very little time and hope to do my own blog of research into my choices of design.
Comments appreciated. Thanx.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Post moderism

This lecture was very interesting. It seemed to veer more toward science and psychology but i soon relised it applied to life in general. Post modernism is about the shift in importance from industry to knowledge. This means that there is less emphasis placed on manufacturing and more on service industries. It was mentioned in this lecture that art shouldnt be just entertainment. I agree with this becasue art can often be used for practical things such as conveying information and thoughts.

post modernism covers many changes in the way we think and handle our life. It almost seems to me like it was society elevating itself to a new intulectual level through new ways of thought and reason. Post moderism was women striving for equality, the start of marxism, and the start of people starting to view thier world differently. To me post modernism is something that has tied all fields (science and art and psychology) together.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Does Form function follow form, or form follow function, or neither?

Well I understand the theory of why function follows the form. For example in terms of an engine it looks as it does because of the materials it has been made from and because of it’s job that it has to do.

I also understand why the form follows the function. For example the humble screwdriver can be simplified to a simple form but it looks as it does for purely aesthetic form first and then function secondly as it is sort of standard.

But I was arguing (on Friday) the fact that the aesthetic of a product can be the function of the product. In simpler terms it’s the product’s job to look good, bad, or simply how it does look. The example given by Gus was house lighting. Every house light does the job but the fact that it looks like the way it does is so that it differentiates to every other product on the market. Therefore is it Function follows form? No definitely not. Is it Form follows function? I don’t think because the form (how it looks) does not affect the function of the product in anyway.

I think that the aesthetic of a product IS the function of the product. Do you agree…disagree? Tell me what you think, comments appreciated.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Ah what thats coming over the hill is it a monstert it is a....

The Industrial Revolution - Form follows Function

The demise of rural Britain, and in its place industrial towns and cities with the population of Britain that of Scotlands today (the 2001 census scotlands population 5,062,011). The contradiction was that poverty was very bad at this time compared to Britains booming economy with Scotland being one of the poorest countries in Europe-(no change there then the 2002 study, poverty: the facts also said "although the UK had the fourth largest economy in the world, almost a quarter of the population - more then 13 million people - live in income poverty" and scotland topped the table with the three most deprived areas in the United Kingdom, United?)

An era of peace and expansion the industrial age was to change the lives of everyone in Britain, there was no longer a fear of god Newton had proven this to be utter nonsense whilst making his mark on the world of science. The best thing to ever happen to design now artists could explore areas that before had been feared "modersim" "Memphis" - something that is still being used by designers today. Would it have been done if our religion had not been questioned?

Women where changing to it was time to change the attitude towards women and so the suffragettes where born, throwing them selves in front of horses! but at least we got the vote ( and we're suppose to be the more intelligent of the spieces?).

The life of working class was changing - the "comfort of industry". Factories where born and employees got paid for over time a huge change to the mines employeers like Robert Owen of New Lanark even ran night classes for his workers - it was more like a holiday camp than work. Whats happened to this attitude why do we no longer look out for the back bone of our economy is that why we have no economy now and every thing is imported from the far east?

Most of the people who worked in the mills and other factories where women, men usually worked as mechanics or in managment and so cities became "the womans town" like Dundee for example women where now more independant than ever before. It was infact the men who stayed at home with the children in many house holds, but we must remember when we are talking about design history we are largely talking about middle and upper class for working class not lucky enough to work for employeers such a Robert Owen there was the slums of the city - narrow dark closes, where familys lived together in one room in a block which today would propbably house a block of flats, with no running water or loos the life expectancy was poor.

Infact there are still parts in Glasgow today where the life expectancy is below 60yrs - so the legacy of the Industrial Revulution lives in even today.

It was the age of the engine the age of transportation: 93 miles long, 75 lochs, 7 tunnels (3000 yrds long) the first canal was built by men with picks, shovels and barrels this was the soultion to the roads then there was the locmotive invented by James Brinley in 1730 the steam engine was first used to power the mines and eventually was introduced to the rail network, the rocket of 1829, stevenson 1825 the begining of the age of the railways.

3rd class had to travel in open cattle carriages and on a coolday passangers could be found dead after long journeys. The 2002 study, poverty: the facts also said even today in our age of advanced technology the wealth divide is greater than ever before, with one in 10 people having no financial assets at all. The wealthiest 1% owned fours time as much as the combined wealth of half the population (28 milion people) the fact that applies to todays society and moral doesnt surprise me and leaves me questioning the world we live in.

So was the time of the Industrial Revulution when middle and upper classes invented the divide that still stands today and is that way as a race we are stuck adding rather than inventing because a huge popualtion of our race was left behind and forgotten about????


Art nouveau…Not worth the hype.

This is my blog about the art nouveau movement lecture given by Richard Carr. I went away of the lecture with the knowledge that art nouveau is a load of curves and got images as examples.

I don’t know about you guys but I found that to be Richard carr’s first boring lecture. I mean it didn’t inspire me it didn’t make me at anytime look at the board and think “That’s good”. I thought it was because I am constantly tired and that with a combination of dimmed lighting may have affected my mood. But I have been more tired and found at least one thing where I have said I like that. He gave just a list of main artists and designers showing the main products. All in my opinion were boring or un interesting. I tell a lie the Bernard story was amusing and the pictures sick and wrong which did bring a smile. But even the examples of mackintosh that he showed were…boring. I could have got what he had got from the net. He didn’t show us what he felt were inspirational examples of art nouveau but rather the key points along the way. So I had to do my own research on the art nouveau movement to find what I find inspiring about the era. My research follows:

I like this railing as an example of contemporary art nouveau as it show's great iron monger craftmanship and makes a change to the "bog standard" railing being implemented by low budget council's at the moment. The fact that it hasn't gone "over the top with the style also compliments in creating a nice image in my head.

I like this as an example of art nouveau as it show's the flow of lines clearly and not over powering with the connection to plant's with the use of colours. (As shown in richard car's first poem {not to hand})

(I'm in an absolute rage as at this point i had finished my blog but it randomly...for no reason at all decided to delete itself argh!!!!!!)

This is an excellent example of what i expected to see from Richard Carr's lecture. It show's furniture made from timber (the best material in my opinion by far) in the art nouveau style. The product again in that room would make me clastraphobic and dizzy as there is too many features happening for me. A normal room with the table only would be bettter as it would emphasise the feature better. A quote from the typography lecture can be said here that:
Don't be afraid of space, it can often make things
There are many examples that i put but have been deleted and now i have no time. So please forgive me and except this as my blog and to prove a point that there are better examples of art nouvaeu style. Tell me what you think, all comments appreciated.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

CMT - Post-modern perspectives

Well what can I say about CMT? Well it’s a means of distributing information, networking people interconnected by communication. It’s a field for creating practice, technological structure. Confused? I know I am. Am sure this will make sense at the end of CMT though.

This weeks (6th October) lecture was on postmodern perspectives.

The film the full Monty shows modern socialism. It shows the striving for modernism and starts with different identities with supervisors and workers in the mines. These are different classes of people however through the film there are changes first off the mines close. This ends up making the different classes equal all unemployed making them eventually strip to make money. Throughout the film it shows many changes with time such as the feminization of culture, in industry and things becoming hi tech.

Post-modern perspectives are from people who believe in progress, they were optimistic and have belief in technology. Einstein was a person who had belief he had an understanding of what the world was. Another was Descartes who said “ I think, Therefore I am” is this to say that if we think it out for long enough that we can find a way out of anything? You don’t always have enough time to think about things.

A part of what I found interesting was that we are made up of four pieces spiritual, subjective, physical and social. Another part I found to be interesting was about Jacques Derrida, a French philosopher who had a huge impact on the intellectual world around us. He used a deconstruction technique and said that any film, novel or picture describes what its like to be human. I agree with this to a certain extent however it’s obvious that in a film or novel the people are exaggerated to make for better reading or viewing. The storyline is usually what its about to be human but with added extras.

What I got was that postmodern perspective was that it has a lot to do with social reasoning and trying to take it a step further and push ideas forward no matter what.

Anyway getting late now better get off so I’m bright and breezy for tomorrows CMT lecture.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Research in design by observation

From the top of my head observation brings three concepts to me:

- The Lost Approach where you confine subjects into a situation to see how it unfolds. In the concept of design we could make a workshop/group of people to do the thinking for us and therefore get not only your own view but a view of the group and if done in say a meeting of just in a break time of work with a group of friends it can produce something (even only one thing) That you may not be able to find in any other way. This is formally known as Naturalistic Observation this is a method of observation, commonly used by psychologists and social/behavioral scientists, that involves observing subjects in their natural habitats. Researchers take great care in avoiding making interferences with the behaviour they are observing by using unobtrusive methods. When using Naturalistic Observation, the researcher observes the studied behavior in its natural setting without attempting to influence or control it. Therefore, the studies are often conducted in places like streets, homes, and schools. Laboratory studies are rather uncommon for this method because the lab setting itself may "contaminate" the participants, who often act differently when they know they are being studied (bias). When a lab study can not be avoided, the researcher participates only as an observer. One advantage of this method is that the information collected is the direct response to a stimulus. However, determining the causes of the observed behavior is sometimes difficult, and special care must be taken to avoid potential bias.

- Another approach is the James Bond Approach where you spy on what people to everyday to see how if any places they adopt/think about what the question is about. Again in this design situation it could be applied by asking a person a question at the beginning of the day and see how they observe and think about the question throughout the day. This could be done as a diary format. This is formally known as a Contextual Inquiry. The contextual inquiry is a specific type of interview for gathering field data from users. It is usually done by one interviewer speaking to one interviewee (person being interviewed) at a time. The aim is to gather as much data as possible from the different interviews for later analysis.

- Another approach is the Watch Out Beadle’s About approach. This is where you trick someone/observe a situation similar to the one that you have adopted to things that have gone wrong so that you avoid doing them in your own solution. This is formally known as Design Walkthrough- A design walkthrough is an examination of a design artefact, or group of related design artefacts in an attempt to find flaws or problems.

- Usability Roundtable- You have the most design freedom in the beginning when you know the least about your users. Getting smart early lets you incorporate good ideas before the site is frozen. People bring things to the table and think what to do. In Islam this is called Mashwera. Mashwera is the Sunnah (tradition) of the prophet where all member of the group consulted/collated all information that they got in a day and told them to the leader with the group present the leader also tells what the next step is. Invites analysis.

Please comment about what you think of the theories of observation thanks!


Monday, October 09, 2006

design history

Sorry this is a bit late but its been a busy old week :) however this is not the place to explain the ins and outs of my week but to tell you about our lectures. Our first two lectures were about design history. The lecturer for these is brilliant and has a completly different approach to delivering lecutres. He uses many pictures and talks through them instead of having written notes projected.

I must admit that i do think that a lot of the lectures are art history but then again both disciplines are hardly ever seperate. I do enjoy learning about the different types of machinery and architecture that has sprung up over the century but i do question its relevence to my course. IMD is so focused on computers and the like that the link is very blurry but i suppose you've got to understand the roots of your discipline whatever it may be. This does not however clear up in my mind the reasons for repeating lecutres that we did in first year, there was extra things but we had seen a lot of the slides before. They still were enjoyable lectures though.

I cant help noticing that i am rambling so i think i gonna leave this for now and come back to it when i have done some work in flash.

laters everyone

Gothic Era Lecture

Hello everyone! Hope you are keeping well.

Week 2 was an o.k. week but it could have been better if I wasn't so tired. I am getting few hours sleep each night and I am finding it hard to stay awake in some of my lectures. To tell you the truth I am feeling quite sleepy now lol.

Luckily enough the Design history lecture last week was really interesting. I had always liked the architecture of the churches and thought the lecture taught me a thing or too about them. The gothic style is really good and I think it adds to what makes this country nice to live in. The gothic style has these main features:
- Tall Buildings
- Large Interiors
- Large Windowa
- Incresingly more decorative
- Vaulted Roofs
- Pointed arches
- Stained Glass Windows, Masonary

But I prefer the Arabic style of architecture. I have researched that the shouldered arched windows had been discovered along with the theory of arches in the medieval ages of Islam (before 1300’s at least) for making windows larger much earlier than the British along with more detailed calligraphy and Islamic designs. It also makes sense as all literature agree that the Arabic countries were the leaders of science and maths at this time, hence the first complicated maths and innovative designs to house the mass amount of people who pray in the mosque five times a day. The Arab’s were also more innovative in moving on this trend and style which swept through countries taken from Arabia to Egypt, Persia, North Africa, Turkey and Spain. This architecture using domes for roofs, shouldered windows, and decorative designs echoed by the gothic movement of Britain shows that Britain made a copy of what was done elsewhere. The Arab’s were more innovative as they started using materials such as gold, marble, and ivory as new ways of creating a better aesthetic look of of the superb architectural design.

An adaptation of a quote off Chris rock’s hit series ‘everybody hates chris’

‘Like most things, the gothic era was invented by the Arabs and stolen by white people’

So the question I ask now is the Gothic style just a retaliation by the church to the rising dominance of Islam and the Ottoman Empire? I think so which is nothing wrong….but to say that British designed the concept is wrong….what do you think? It’s very controversial I know but…

… Controversy creates attention…

…Maybe I will get more comments on my blog. I am happy to reply and prove my case. Thanks for reading…


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Jiggery Pokery

Hey Guys, Its a bit late but here is my pic and first post.

Im Douglas Cramb and im a second year student of Interactive Media Design or IMD.
Well hopefully from the CMT module i will gain an understanding of design throughout each form, thus giving me a strong base to create and develop my own ideas. I am very interested in the link between culture and design(digital) and also pleased to see that we will be introducted to Disney design.


I am associated with a sizeable style bar in st andrews and if anyone has any paintings or pieces of art work that they would like to display and sell please gives a shout?? any size and style, you set price.

contact(mobile) 07707512031

Thanks Guys

My very first BLOG :-)

Hello there I am Ina a second year IPD student at Dundee University sorry took so long this is very confusing!!!

So we all got blog groups for or second year design studies classes and so far we have had lectures on the industrial revolution and the great exhibition I am looking forward to the ones on art nevo and art deco as I have never liked this era and would like to better understand it maybe even change my mind it’s a woman’s prerogative right?

So what I want to gain from second year design studies, a broader knowledge of the industry I want to work in and how it all came about and to better understand eras of art I have often made snap decisions on without really knowing any prior knowledge or understanding.

Thanks and BLOG OUT

Monday, October 02, 2006


alright, my first post. not got a picture just yet so ill get one up as soon as i have one of myself. i like the idea of writing a blog as its more informal and its not a 2000 word essay :) any way i feel these lectures will further my knowledge of digital culture and design history, should be interesting. i thought the first lectures on the imdustrial revolution were very informative and i got a fair bit from it, although, did we have the same lectures at some point in semester 2 last year? i had a slight deja-vu feeling. right thats my first post i think, just need to get a decent picture of myself sorted out if thats possible.


First Post

Hi there so this is my first entry into the blog. picture isnt great but least ive got one up.

Well what am hoping to get from CMT is what is the obvious to see what exactally what its all about. From what i read on the sheet it seems like intresting stuff.

I think it will give a good insight into media as a whole. It will also give good knowledge in media of the past and the present.

The part of CMT i am looking forward to is Deconstructing Disney. This sounds like a very interesting topic finding out what was behind disney films and into his background and what he was thinking through making these animations.

Oh well till next time when my minds filled with the goodness from the first CMT lecture!

My first Random Rant...Sorry Blog


This is my first blog so please forgive me for any mistakes that I make.

I do like blogging but the thing is that in my life I don’t have time to spend as long as this on the internet. On the internet alone I go on:
- University e-mail
- University VLE
- Hotmail/MSN Messenger
- Ebay/PayPal
- Google News/BBC News

All Necessary and all time consuming. Then in my life at the moment I have no time to go one the computers either:
-6am ~ 9am, Work (M&S)
-9am ~ 1pm, Work (Uni)
-1pm ~ 2pm, Mosque
-2pm ~ 5pm, Work (Uni)
-5pm ~ 10.30pm, Mosque/Serving food
-10.30pm ~ Whenever, Uni Homework
-Whenever ~ 6am, Sleep/Get ready for the next fun filled day!

Weekend...What weekend?
There's the cooking, cleaning, ironing, more work.... I mean I have to do this to survive at uni. I have no wife (yet) I have no parents support because they are poor and too far. Now you want me to find time in my week to put up a blog....not bloody likely....I’ll try my best but I have no internet at my flat which doesn't help and like you see I have no time.

But as the first one let's do the proper work shall we, what are you hoping to get out of DHTP/CMT? How do you think it will help you in practice? What do you think will be most interesting?

What is DHTP/CMT? Let me have a look. The human mind does not have time to remember all these silly abbreviations that this "fast world" is churning out every minute. Well I do the DHTP I am told, which is Design History Theory and Practice. Why they don't call it Design History is beyond me. I am hoping to get knowledge of the key design changes that have occurred in history before I was born. I must grasp this knowledge in order to make myself competitive in an industry with old fogies! But more to a company's advantage,

'History repeats itself'

So I must have this knowledge so that I can follow trends and past events to predict the fashion and design that customers will buy tomorrow. It is also interesting to pick up influences of the past in order to solve a problem of today. For example the fashion industry realises that the trend of long jeans/trousers means that they rip/fray from the bottom and sometimes drag creating more cleaning for me to do. But now they have brought forward the 3/4 jogging pants. In order to emulate this in other products I must understand past design and why it was like it was.

Sorry for it being so long.... I have tried to make it interesting to read... honest.

Random quote:

'Women, can't live with them, Can't live without them'


Sunday, October 01, 2006

Hi I am Kirsty Woodend, am IMD student from Dundee unisversity. This year our design studies class has been split. IMD are doing a set of lectures called CMT we have some very interesting things to look forward to such as virtual reality. I hope these sets of lectures will deepen my understanding of the field I am studying in and this in turn will allow me to jump deep into IMD and hopefully have better work because of it.
The other half of our group are IPD they are doing a set of lectures on design history but I will allow them to tell you about the lectures themselves.

Keep checking this blog for musings on our lectures and feel free to leave comments.

Until next time