INSPIRATION (Insight) - The stimulation of
mental activity leading to discovery: (the “Aha!”
moment).
Designers often posi...
Every play or production staged creates
new problems, thus new design
possibilities for theatre designers.
One of the firs...
With every new problem they address,
designers, theatre designers included,
reference a multitude of different sources,
se...
Most of these sources of inspiration are
causally linked. This means they are derived
from one another in some way.
For ex...
Nature is by far the most dominant source of
inspiration because it offers the oldest and
most time proven models (paradig...
SHELTER
The cave is one of
man’s earliest
forms of shelter.
It was used by
other animals
before him.
Sometimes a natural solution becomes
re-designed to meet new criteria. (safety
for instance)
Sometimes an
entire community
can develop
from a cluster of
caves.
Some
contemporary
dwellings
derive their
structure from
caves.
A man made cave made in adobe fashion .
Birds’ nests
could also
be a source of
inspiration
for a dwelling.
A design solution,
As we have seen,
can be refined.
… or

adapted
for different
conditions.
A covered burrow in New Guinea suggests a
shelter inspired by still other creatures .
The Mogolon pit house was built half of adobe
and half below ground.
This underground dwelling, is essentially
a more sophisticated model from previous
Paradigm.
A modern,
underground
air raid shelter with
all the “comforts”.
An artificial cave or burrow becomes a hovel
using natural materials such as wood, stone,
thatching, palm fronds, etc.
A not too distant cousin. A product of
design refinement.What different criteria
(needs) might have prompted this
design o...
Often shelter, clothing
and other crafts, share
similar roots, materials
and techniques.

Inspired by animals
both in form...
A more refined and complex
structure might also use natural
materials such as grass and
hide, but requires more
craftsmans...
WEAPONS:

The simplest
weapons were
made from found
objects.

More complex weapons
merged them.
A primitive with a spear
launcher. Meets the criteria of
speed and penetration.
Launching the stone.
Meets the criteria of speed and impact.
A more sophisticated spear
Launcher.

A more sophisticated
stone launcher.
An even more sophisticated
spear launcher.
The javelin catapult - Rome

An even more sophisticated
stone launcher.
The ona...
Composite
crossbow
using darts.

Even more…
Spear launching cannon.
Middle Ages

…and more…

Rock launching cannon.
Middle Ages
The rock and spear
combined. Speed of
delivery, penetration
and impact damage.
155 mm Gun
WW II

Contemporary
35mm bazooka
The missile carrying
a nuclear payload.
Criteria: speed of delivery,
accuracy, penetration and
devastation.
Guided missile...
END OF CLASS!
TOOLS:

The digging stick.
A figurine - Mesopotamian plow 1000 BC.
John Deere’s 1880’s plow.

1950’s plow

Contemporary plow
Early Ionic capital

Late Ionic capital

The inspiration
The rocket missile

A squid
The swordfish

The shark

Jet

Could this have been the inspiration for West
Side Story, or mere coincidence?
Corn

Marina Towers - Chicago
Art

Spinal chord
What might have
Inspired this painting?
Or this one...
How about this one?
Or this one...
or this one
Or this morphic composition?
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  • INSPIRATION (Insight) - The stimulation of mental activity leading to discovery: (the “Aha!” moment).
    * As, one does not, usually, go to a hardware store to purchase a piece of fruit.
    Designers often position themselves to be inspired by “shopping” for ideas where they are most likely to occur. Depending on their field of specialization, designers may hover around, books, museums, machinery, dirt, bones, etc.
  • Every play or production staged creates new problems, thus new design possibilities for theatre designers.
    One of the first notions that occurs to a designer is to look for a paradigm (an existing model) of a solution to a similar problem .
    * This is, hopefully, done to gain further insight and avoid duplication, and not to rip someone off.
  • 4 sources of inspiration i

    1. 1. INSPIRATION (Insight) - The stimulation of mental activity leading to discovery: (the “Aha!” moment). Designers often position themselves to be inspired by “shopping” for ideas where they are most likely to occur. Depending on their field of specialization, designers may hover around, books, museums, machinery, dirt, bones, etc.
    2. 2. Every play or production staged creates new problems, thus new design possibilities for theatre designers. One of the first notions that occurs to a designer is to look for a paradigm (an existing model) of a solution to a similar problem .
    3. 3. With every new problem they address, designers, theatre designers included, reference a multitude of different sources, searching for inspiration. Traditionally, the four most common sources of inspiration for all designers are: Nature History Culture (Art and Artifact) Imagination
    4. 4. Most of these sources of inspiration are causally linked. This means they are derived from one another in some way. For example: Objects that were inspired by “nature” many years ago, may be now considered ” historic artifacts”. Symbols that were communication devices are now viewed as art. Primitive shelter, no matter how basic is seen as architecture.
    5. 5. Nature is by far the most dominant source of inspiration because it offers the oldest and most time proven models (paradigms). We have used nature as an inspirational model for such basic things as: shelter, clothing, tools and weapons. Let us look at some examples:
    6. 6. SHELTER The cave is one of man’s earliest forms of shelter. It was used by other animals before him.
    7. 7. Sometimes a natural solution becomes re-designed to meet new criteria. (safety for instance)
    8. 8. Sometimes an entire community can develop from a cluster of caves.
    9. 9. Some contemporary dwellings derive their structure from caves.
    10. 10. A man made cave made in adobe fashion .
    11. 11. Birds’ nests could also be a source of inspiration for a dwelling.
    12. 12. A design solution, As we have seen, can be refined.
    13. 13. … or adapted for different conditions.
    14. 14. A covered burrow in New Guinea suggests a shelter inspired by still other creatures .
    15. 15. The Mogolon pit house was built half of adobe and half below ground.
    16. 16. This underground dwelling, is essentially a more sophisticated model from previous Paradigm.
    17. 17. A modern, underground air raid shelter with all the “comforts”.
    18. 18. An artificial cave or burrow becomes a hovel using natural materials such as wood, stone, thatching, palm fronds, etc.
    19. 19. A not too distant cousin. A product of design refinement.What different criteria (needs) might have prompted this design over the one previous?
    20. 20. Often shelter, clothing and other crafts, share similar roots, materials and techniques. Inspired by animals both in form, function and structure, weaving has become and indispensable craft.
    21. 21. A more refined and complex structure might also use natural materials such as grass and hide, but requires more craftsmanship, such as tanning and weaving. Such materials and techniques can be seen in apparel as well. Cheyenne Leather dress NLaka tribe - Colombia woven dress
    22. 22. WEAPONS: The simplest weapons were made from found objects. More complex weapons merged them.
    23. 23. A primitive with a spear launcher. Meets the criteria of speed and penetration.
    24. 24. Launching the stone. Meets the criteria of speed and impact.
    25. 25. A more sophisticated spear Launcher. A more sophisticated stone launcher.
    26. 26. An even more sophisticated spear launcher. The javelin catapult - Rome An even more sophisticated stone launcher. The onager/rock thrower - Rome
    27. 27. Composite crossbow using darts. Even more…
    28. 28. Spear launching cannon. Middle Ages …and more… Rock launching cannon. Middle Ages
    29. 29. The rock and spear combined. Speed of delivery, penetration and impact damage. 155 mm Gun WW II Contemporary 35mm bazooka
    30. 30. The missile carrying a nuclear payload. Criteria: speed of delivery, accuracy, penetration and devastation. Guided missile.
    31. 31. END OF CLASS!
    32. 32. TOOLS: The digging stick.
    33. 33. A figurine - Mesopotamian plow 1000 BC.
    34. 34. John Deere’s 1880’s plow. 1950’s plow Contemporary plow
    35. 35. Early Ionic capital Late Ionic capital The inspiration
    36. 36. The rocket missile A squid
    37. 37. The swordfish The shark Jet Could this have been the inspiration for West Side Story, or mere coincidence?
    38. 38. Corn Marina Towers - Chicago
    39. 39. Art Spinal chord
    40. 40. What might have Inspired this painting?
    41. 41. Or this one...
    42. 42. How about this one?
    43. 43. Or this one...
    44. 44. or this one
    45. 45. Or this morphic composition?

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