R541 Project 1 Form and Function

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R541 Project 1 Form and Function

  1. 1. R541 Project 1 Form and Function Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer 26 January 2014
  2. 2. Analysis Report Form & Function: Part I
  3. 3. Object: Blanket Purpose • Insulate a body for warmth • Decorate a living space • Comfort a person Image “Throw Blanket Comfort” created by Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer and used with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/101327448@N02/12140011033/
  4. 4. Blanket Color: Off-white Pattern: Solid Shape: Rectangle Dimensions: 66”L X 54”W Category: Throw Blanket Material • • • • 100% Polyester Fleece Tight weave One side 1/4” higher cut pile with “faux fur” feel Other side short pile velveteen feel Construction • • • • • Double ply Folded edge 3” hem Hem perimeter is only stitching Mitered corners Images “Throw Blanket 66 X 54” and “Blanket Form 2Sided” created by Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer and used with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/101327448@N02/12144322264/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/101327448@N02/12140418066/ respectively
  5. 5. Functional Requirements • Large enough to cover an adult body in a seated/reclined position • Thick enough to trap body heat • Soft in touch when in direct contact with skin • Aesthetically pleasing to the eye • Durable enough for frequent laundering • Presence supports a tranquil environment
  6. 6. Form and Function Matrix Formal Characteristics Functional Requirements Synthesis Off-white, solid color Aesthetically pleasing to the eye Lacking bright colors allows for complementing an array of living space decor as well as helps create a peaceful environment conducive for relaxing without little distraction Presence supports a tranquil environment L66” X W54”, Rectangle shape Large enough to cover an adult body in a seated/reclined position Based on the dimensions, the intended use would adequately accommodate a body as large as an average adult in a seated/reclining position Polyester Fleece, Tight weave, Double ply Durable enough for frequent laundering Given its size, material and construction, it is meant for daily use up against the skin/clothing, so it needs to be non-irritating to the skin, a thickness capable of trapping body heat, a visual and sensual quality where the user does not tire of it with repeated use; it also has the potential to become soiled often, such as if the user were consuming a TV dinner on the lap, and would need to withstand washings Soft in touch when in contact with skin Thick enough to trap body heat Aesthetically pleasing to the eye “Faux fur” & velveteen feel Soft in touch when in contact with skin Presence supports a tranquil environment Only stitching is hem Folded Edge, Mitered Corners Aesthetically pleasing to the eye Presence supports a tranquil environment Durable enough for frequent laundering The softness in the draping effect of the material would signal to the user physical passivity and relaxation versus activity and stimulation Lack of excessive stitching allows it to be less rigid and drape the user while maintaining the integrity and beauty of the fabric; the care in the construction of the edge and corners at closer look may be appreciated by the user
  7. 7. Collection and Report Analysis Form and Function: Part 2
  8. 8. Blanket A Color: Black, white, gray Pattern: Navajo horizontal stripe Shape: Rectangle Dimensions: 61”L X 26”W Category: Western Saddle Blanket Material • • • 100% Acrylic Tight weave Stiff and coarse in feel Construction • • • Single ply Machine stitched Short sides have ½” folded and stitched edge Analysis • Similarities with Original: Shape and Length • Differences with Original: Color, Pattern, Width, Category, Material, Construction Fulfillment of Functional Requirements: Although Blanket A is thick enough to trap body heat and durable enough for frequent laundering, it’s dimensions (too narrow), material (too stiff/coarse), color and pattern (too dark and bold) fail to meet the functional requirements of the original. Image “Saddle Form” created by Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer and used with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/101327448@N02/12147406355/
  9. 9. Blanket B Color: Navy, green, burgundy, gold Pattern: Checkered Shape: Rectangle Dimensions: 68”L X 48”W Category: Throw Blanket Material • • • 100% Wool Medium tight weave Scratchy and coarse in feel Construction • • • Single ply 1 ½” twisted weave edges No stitching Analysis • Similarities with Original: Shape, Dimensions, Category • Differences with Original: Color, Pattern, Material, Construction Fulfillment of Functional Requirements: Blanket B is large enough to cover and trap the body heat of an average adult in a seated/reclined position; however, it’s material is not conducive to frequent laundering nor meant for direct skin contact. It’s pattern is relatively simple, but may or may not serve a user’s aesthetic or assist in cultivating a relaxing environment. Image “Wool Form” created by Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer and used with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/101327448@N02/12147814644/
  10. 10. Blanket C Color: Off-white Pattern: Solid Shape: Rectangle Dimensions: 38”L X 28”W Category: Baby Blanket Material • • • 100% Polyester fleece with satin trim Tight weave Dual sided 1/8” short cut pile with soft feel feel Construction • • • • Single ply 1 ½” satin weave edges Machine stitched Mitered corners Analysis • Similarities with Original: Color, Pattern, Shape, Material • Differences with Original: Dimensions, Construction Fulfillment of Functional Requirements: This blanket could serve as a miniature of the original for the array of similarities between the two; however, this adult user of the blanket would have difficulty covering their body and keeping warm due to the blanket’s smaller size. This might also impact the user’s ability to development a peaceful environment. Image “Baby Form” created by Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer and used with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/101327448@N02/12147813424/
  11. 11. Blanket D Color: Multi primary with blue background Pattern: Bus/Car motif Shape: Rectangle Dimensions: 58”L X 46”W Category: Tie Blanket Material • • • • 100% Polyester fleece Thin, no pile Tight weave Soft to the touch Construction • • • Double ply Knotted edges with 2” ends Handmade Analysis • Similarities with Original: Shape, Material • Differences with Original: Color, Pattern, Dimensions, Category, Construction Fulfillment of Functional Requirements: This blanket is likely big enough to cover an adult body, but judging from the color and pattern, it is designed for a child’s use. The functional requirements of aesthetics for an adult and a child would like not be the same and the busy pattern would distract the user from cultivating a relaxing atmosphere. Image “Child Form” created by Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer and used with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/101327448@N02/12147808754/
  12. 12. Blanket E Color: Dark red, navy, sand Pattern: Handkerchief, Horsehead profile Western scene with cowboys, Stripes, Stars Shape: Square Dimensions: 39”L X 39”W Category: Baby Quilt Material • • • Cotton polyester blend with polyester batting Tight weave Smooth and soft to the touch Construction • • • • • • • Double ply fabric with batting 2x2” and 6X6” quilted squares Straight and zig-zag batting stitch Folded edges Straight corners Homemade Machine stitched Analysis • Similarities with Original: Soft • Differences with Original: Color, Pattern, Shape, Dimensions, Category, Material, Construction Fulfillment of Functional Requirements: Although there are few similarities, this blanket is thick enough to trap body heat, but it’s small size would not cover an adult body in a seated or reclined position. Additionally, the homemade characteristic of the blanket may lend itself to function more as an heirloom and the user may choose not to use the blanket as a blanket, but as a wall hanging or keepsake instead. Image “Cowboy Quilt Form” created by Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer and used with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/101327448@N02/12148071956/
  13. 13. Blanket F Color: Multi Pattern: Star Wars, Various Flowers, Grass, Yellow and white solids Shape: Rectangle Dimensions: 85”L X 72”W Category: Queen Size Quilt Material • • • Cotton polyester blend with cotton batting Recycled sheets with Tight weave Smooth and soft to the touch Construction • • • • • Double ply fabric with batting 2x2” and 6X6” quilted squares Single, hand-tied batting stitch in each square Folded edges and Straight corners Homemade and Machine and hand stitching Analysis • Similarities with Original: Shape • Differences with Original: Color, Pattern, Dimensions, Category, Material, Construction Fulfillment of Functional Requirements: This blanket is thick and large enough to cover and trap the body heat of an adult, but the mismatched nature of the pattern would likely detract from any living space aesthetic. Like the previous blanket, the homemade characteristic may force it to the “bottom of the cedar chest” as a memento of family. Frequent laundering might also take its toll on the Blanket F as well given its hand stitching. Image “Star Wars Quilt” created by Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer and used with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/101327448@N02/12151425075/
  14. 14. Conclusion I chose the blanket form because I’m fascinated with how my 3-year-old daughter interacts with her “blank,” the featured Original Form in this project. If she could articulate it, I believe the list of blanket’s functional requirements would also include: • Large enough to encapsulate a couch cushion fort • Wide enough to tie ‘round the neck for a super hero cape • Substitute for mommy’s when I’m hurt In reflection, I’ve realized the emotional connection humans make with forms because of their function is astounding, such as that sinking feeling one experiences arriving at a destination sans cell phone or wallet. In those instances, the lack of form may render the user functionless! In this context, Lipton’s (2007) statement about perception principles carry greater meaning when applied to the fundamental design principle illustrated in this project: “Create and arrange elements…in line with inherent human behavior” (p. 451). This is the keystone in the arch of instructional design. Lipton, R. (2007). The practical guide to information design. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. [Kindle edition]

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