For CCS we have been asked to create a piece of critical design in response to one of the lectures from this year. I have decided to choose gender as my topic. I started by thinking what is an every day object that I can project my design on to, I chose a chair.
A video we have been given to watch for our Critical Design essay, is a TED Talk by Designer Thomas Thwaites-
‘It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil … it’s frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike.’
In today’s lecture we deconstructed this advert for Wonderbra. At first we see a typical advert for underwear, a half naked blonde attractive woman. It’s made up of all the components, image, text, logo.
It was the introduction to the year for our first Critical Contextual Studies this afternoon. We started with a lecture on what work we are to produce over the next year. In the talk we were focusing on the city, almost as an object instead of a place.