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  • Model Making for Architecture | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    Model Making for Architecture Short Course Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More Context For many years I have wanted to make architectural models due to the beauty of their complexity. ​ I finally had the opportunity to fulfil this dream by studying a short course at ual at their Central Saint Martin's College. ​ Each day consisted of a lecture, model making then presenting to the class. Façade Model The exercise was to make us think about the process of building construction. First the core structure and any support is built, then embellishments like windows and cladding are added later. Day 1 - 1:50 Detail Model My aim for the day was precision and simplification. Each step had a 5mm tread depth, so I used one piece of scored and folded paper (combined with cardboard, celled polypropylene and dowel) which resulted in a stable set of steps. Day 2 - 1:50 Topographical Model - 1 The exercise was to construct the local context that a building would sit. ​ A contour map was used as a template. Each contour line represents a 1 metre change in height, so each layer at this scale was 10mm tall. ​ I wanted this model to be structurally strong, so cut cardboard 'against the grain' and created support structures between every layer. Day 3 - 1:100 Topographical Model - 2 The exercise was to build an even larger section of the context to show how a building complex would come together. ​ The geometry of the landscape was intricate, so I wanted to find a presentation technique that minimised material usage. ​ I achieve this by only cutting horizontal layers where buildings sat on the cliff, then formulating the cross section vertically. Day 4 - 1:500 Summary I really enjoyed this short course because I got stuck in, was focused and felt a sense of achievement by the end of each day. ​ My learning outcomes include: ​ Ability to choose the appropriate scale depending on message to communicate. Material choice and construction techniques for a model. Reading different types of drawing. Providing summaries of process to a small group. ​ See here for the e-certificate. Design Tags: Architecture | Model Making

  • Portfolio | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    3rd mode Research | CAD | Development | Model Making Made in Brunel : Blueprints Branding | Graphic Design | Sign Making OneSnap CAD | Packaging Design | Prototyping WePause Research | CAD | Development | Model Making Architecture Work Experience CAD | Architecture | Interior Design Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More Portfolio Design for Manufacture CAD | Mass Manufacture | Group Project Blend Insulin Pump CAD | Product Analysis | Medical Wearable Hearing Aid Case Bespoke | Group Project | Fixperts Pipp Printer CAD | App Design | Packaging Design Model Making for Architecture Model Making | Short Course saywhen. Branding CAD | Branding | Graphic Design Designer's Block CAD | Development | Model Making TAKI Light CAD | Lighting Design Tierra Candles CAD | Graphic Design | Packaging Design Silver Lining Lamp CAD | Lighting Design | Model Making Calmar CAD | Group Project | James Dyson Foundation Drawing Flighthearted Graphic Design Extra Projects & Skills Clio Speaker CAD | Development | Model Making Photography

  • saywhen. Branding | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    saywhen. Design a product that resolves something that bugs you, and then develop many brand aspects revolving around the product. Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More Motivation As a Diabetic, the advice is to weigh out your food so you can calculate the amount of Carbohydrates. However, depending on the size of the bowl, it can appear a tiny portion. Brand Language The target user group was considered on many levels, including their wants and the intended emotion to evoke. ​ The Brand Statement included "Individuality, Energy and Commitment". Each bowl is unique to the customer. With personalisation in the text, and the adjustable zip, customers can get the perfect portion for them. ​ With bold, youthful branding, the customer will feel energised for the day. While good customer service and a jovial staff ethos in the stores will always make customer’s feel welcome. ​ The promise is to provide fully functioning products that last. If the customer is not satisfied with their product, saywhen. will do our best to resolve the issue and learn for the future. Evaluation Since the project, I felt the packaging could have better considered the form of the product. Therefore I used cylindrical Cardboard packaging which has greater links to the pattern and details to match. ​ Also, I could have pushed the visual language even further with bolder choices of pattern or colour scheme. Design Tags: Branding | Graphics | Packaging | CAD | Card Modelling Implement Having produced all the necessary elements, I produced a Brand Book with all the do’s and don’ts. Then by using my Retail experience, I designed Planograms and Shop Fronts to best display the product. Core Product Therefore, I designed a bowl that adapted to your portion size by having a zip that ran round the side. This is a purely fictional product, and the majority of the task was in relation to the Branding and CAD Rendering. Visual Language Rather than going down the traditional medical aesthetic of a clinical, blue and white brand, I was keen to bring a youthful, energetic feeling. For patterns and overall brand aesthetic, I took inspiration from current Sports Wear trends, as well as modern Homeware brands such as Bornn. In terms of the colour scheme, I researched the meanings related to colour.

  • Blend Insulin Pump | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    Blend A new form of Insulin Pump that takes into consideration the tastes and tasks of adolescent users, to smoothen wrinkles in a day as a Diabetic. Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More Motivation I am a pump user myself, and I have nine years’ experience of living with one for 24 hours a day. Through this time, I have had two pumps, which were contrasting ergonomically as well as in style and sizing. With this distinct change, I noticed their benefits and faults. I could compare them against each other as well as observe the holes in the entire system, so I decided to design something new that combined the best of both. Define The major fault with current Insulin Pumps are their bulky nature and so do not sit easily in pockets or under clothing. This indiscreet nature would make me self-conscious when I didn’t want it. ​ Additionally, one of the products had the user input most of their data into the pump, which is an awkward task if the pump is under layers of clothing. Therefore, a better solution is to have a separate device which is easily accessible. Develop Investigation, self reflection and development discovered options available to move forward. This included looking at the form of the overall pump; the shape of the insulin reservoir; how the cartridge will be kept in place; visibility of the vial; communication between pump and user; power sources; and ways to attach to the body or clothing. After evaluating the ideas from each area, the design narrowed to a focused design. Implement By using elliptical forms and convex curves, the pump can match the contours of the body. This increases comfort, reduces the feeling of self consciousness and reduces the thickness of the product. ​ The window allows users to check for air bubbles which could prevent insulin delivery. This is vital as it can cause a high blood sugar for the user. Another alteration includes using elliptical reservoirs, as they can aid with reducing the pump’s width but still having the same benefit of smooth flow of insulin and removal of air bubbles. App Design The app uses calm, pure aesthetics for essential use of the pump’s functions. This method includes remotely (via Bluetooth) inputting medication doses, as well as checking recent activity and alarms. At the time of project, products used either the pump or the testing kit as the central controller, both of which are likely to be less accessible that just having a phone in your pocket. Evaluation If I were to do the project differently, I would push the boundaries more with reducing the size even further. At the time, I didn't realise how advanced Pump technology had become, and designs are being released that are even smaller. Design Tags: Medical | CAD

  • Tierra Candles | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    Tierra Candles The brief set, by Oliver Bonas, is to use natural materials as inspiration for a range of candles. Looking for simplicity and earthy tones, the set was to help take a break and be present. Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More Project Overview One of the places that I feel closest to nature is in Italy. The warmth from the sun, landscape and colours felt perfect for the brief. ​ After recalling familiar textures and materials, I used Adobe Photoshop to build up the colour blocks. Once completed, the names combined the pattern with calming scenes. ​ The patterns provide a peaceful, connected, modern feel inspired by a place with a lot of history. If I were to do it again, I would look at developing the candle holder to add further texture and interest when the candle was lit. Design Tags: Concept | Packaging | CAD

  • TAKI | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    TAKI Design a product that is in collaboration with Lightly Technologies' Hikari SQ. Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More Project Overview The name TAKI and this design comes from the Japanese inspiration of Hokusai’s Waterfall Paintings. By looking at the forms used in his paintings, I generated a modern version to meet the contemporary Lightly Technologies brand. ​ With the thinness of the Hikari SQ, the base of the light could be much slimmer than traditional wall lighting. As a result, the piece has a floating affect. Feedback from the Client included that it was “well illustrated” and a “very marketable story”. Design Tags: Lighting | CAD

  • Artwork | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    Artwork I paint and draw for enjoyment and to further my skills. Below are pieces from various projects in various styles including portraiture, ideation, storyboards and hero images. Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More

  • Designer's Block | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    Designer's Block Design a product that aids school students during their education. Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More Motivation During my time at school, I noticed that students were struggling to articulate or see their designs in a 3D space. Therefore, I wanted to design a kit that made models look professional, and give the chance for users to rapidly experiment before committing to a design. Research Research consisted of looking at current methods of prototyping. A popular choice is Lego. Their success lies in the temporary, reusable and simple connecting system. ​ Therefore, development was based on using components that replicate commonly used mechanisms or forms, with processes that are quick and mess free. Development Every component was individually developed through Foam and Card Modelling to maximise its performance. Testing The components were also tested together to see if they could model a design with a clean finish. Evaluation If I were to do the project differently, I would aim to reduce the weight and overall size of the product to make it more portable. Otherwise, I was pleased with user involvement in the project and maximisation of performance. Design Tags: CAD | Card and Foam Modelling | Prototyping Main Product Each aspect of the casing was considered in how it could support in an educational context. The boxes had different corner joints, were made from the three primary materials you are taught at school, and more so can be used as a visual prompt in lessons. ​ A prototype was manufactured with the aid of 3D printing or Jigs for repeated parts. ​ The parts include magnets, so you can reuse connections. You can also involve pencils, so you are not restricted to the kit. Supporting Product The instruction guide with accompanying Powerpoint presentations and lesson plans helps the user explore possibilities and teach pupils the key topics in the DT curriculum.

  • Extra Projects | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    Extra Projects & Skills Here is the storage of many other mini projects I have done over the years. Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More

  • Clio Speaker | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    Clio Speaker Design a speaker that fits into the home. Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More Research I discovered by looking at existing speaker's on the market, that few felt artisanal and truly part of the home. ​ This observation was mostly down to the materials used. Most had a matte black, plastic outer casing and a grill over the speaker. One of the few exceptions being Bang & Olufsen who exhibited timber. People often have pictures, art or even trinkets in their home. Therefore, I decided to have Pottery as the defining feature of the speaker. Development Initial ideas looked at having a physical barrier to prevent sound wave transmission. However, testing proved on this size, that there was little audible difference. Therefore, attention moved to incorporating electrical components to have a similar user interaction, but a greater effect on the volume. By having a channel running down the side, wires could connect to potentiometer at the top, to the circuitry in the base. Evaluation If I were to do the project differently, I would push the form to be more visually interesting. Design Tags: Industrial | CAD | Card and Foam Modelling Implement Clio's main feature revolves around Acoustic Lens Technology (created by Bang & Olufsen) which evenly distributes sound in all directions. The Lens is made from Pottery Clay because the material is dimensionally stable. This will perfectly reflect the sound, and is inkeeping with other pieces of art in the home. The Ash features add to the artisanal feel of the product, as well as flexing with the varying pressure caused by the movement of the speaker. The Volume Dial (at the top) is comfortable in the hand and represents the rim of a vase.

  • Photography | Kirsty Patterson Portfolio

    Photography I have been lucky to travel to multiple places around the world, so here is a snapshot. Home Portfolio CV Contact Search More

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