Final Project System Maps + Repair/Resiliency Story drafts

In class today please create a post called “Final Project System Maps + Repair/Resiliency Story drafts” and include the following:

Read the following article “Designer Tom Dixon Unveils His ‘Secret’ Project With Ikea” and write a reflection on how it connects with the themes of our class. How does it relate to your work this semester? Do you aspire towards similar practices in your final project? Does it change how you think about mass produced designs?

This article talks about the British designer Tom Dixon who put his creative idea and innovation into practice and change the furniture industry. The product of Ikea is wide known as inexpensive and disposable, but their products are directly against the sustainable idea as nobody wants to do throwaway objects and it is a waste of material. All the product designed by Tom Dixon are creative design such as S-chair. The overall idea of Dixon is very close to my final project as he is doing longline design and I want my design to last longer than 50 years. Meanwhile, the design should be a creative design too, because as a good product design should fulfill the demand of useful and interesting. Finally, Dixon’s idea changed how I think about mass produced designs as I always thought about the mass produced design is cheap and disposable, but after reading this article, I found out that the mass produced design could also be very useful and beautiful.

FINAL PROJECT works-in-progress

1) What is the name/title of your project?

Multifunctional Cup

2) How will your project change, as you change, over the next 50 years?

It is not a simple cup but can be use in multiple ways. Initially the cup will have two sides to use. On the top part, it is a big container, so that I can use this side to drink ice water or other beverages. On the bottom, there is another small cup inside. When I want to drink hot tea, or wine, the only thing I need to do is flip the cup and use another side. If I used more than twenty or thirty years, I can use the cup as a plant holder because it will be a beautiful decoration in my home.

resiliency/repair story

Over the next 50 years, the product may be protect well but it may have some damage, too. If we want to repair this ceramics cup, we can use the lead-glazed earthenware to paint the outside of the cup again and bake it in the temperature of 800 degrees again, and the cup will be shinny again. Moreover,  if I broke a ceramics cup accidentally, I need to buy a ceramics repair glaze and then put the glaze on the broken part and connect them together. In addition, there is a natural material called kintsugi which is found by Japanese people. I can buy a bottle of kintsuqi and brush the kintsuqi on the broken part and connect the separate part together.

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