Mon, Apr 11

DSGN 4101: Quiz, Design development

Today's objectives

  • Quiz today
  • Design development
  • Moving forward
    • Content development
    • Images and artifacts
    • Design development, design intent
    • Working drawings
  • Construction administration
  • Deficiencies
  • Warranty and maintenance
  • Delivery models
    • Design-bid-build
    • Design-build
    • Other models




Schematic design and design intent

Schematic design and design intent




CADtools for Illustrator
Expensive but essential plugin for Illustrator that allows you to create dimensioning lines, draw to scale, etc. Expect to spend some time learning it.
A somewhat (perhaps) cheaper alternative to CADtools.
A useful modelling program for structures and interpretive media. Architecturally focussed; good for 3D sketching of built objects. Has only a very basic built-in renderer - add-on rendering software is needed to get better results. Has powerful tools for matching site photos and locating structures on aerial photos.
A 3d CAD application aimed at mechanical and industrial design. Better at complex curves than SketchUp and able to generate
20 Minute exhibit design
A quick overview of the exhibit design and fabrication process.
A Sustainable Development Guide for Canada’s Museums
Aimed at interior exhibits, but a good overview of sustainable materials and techniques.
Web site sustainability test
Online interpretation needs to be sustainable too - here's a calculator to give a rough measurement of how much energy a site uses. Try out your favourite - or least favourite - site.
What resolution should you use - for large format work, this is always a question.
Material spec example
Many manufacturers provide sample language to specify their product in a bid package.
Alto panels
A durable, Canadian-made panel for graphics. Sometimes, you need a panel and these are some of the best.
GreyFrame Concrete graphics
Adding durable graphics to concrete.
Concrete graphics examples
More examples of how to make concrete less boring.


Schematic design

Assignment 5e: Schematic design

Choose one piece of proposed interpretive media from your concept development document (5d) and take it to the schematic design level. This means you should establish basic aspects of the design such as dimensions, proposed material, colors, content, etc. For content, placeholders are fine for images and body copy; you can write text for headings, etc. Describe - briefly - what any text would be about, or the content of images, etc. For example: 50 words describing a day in the life of 19th century Canadian schoolteacher or 100-150 words about how drumlins are created

While reasonably detailed sketches are acceptable, digital drawings are preferred.

Depending on your media concept, you may need to represent it from several views; focus on visitor-facing elements.

Details of structural elements, mountings, assembly details such as positioning of fasteners, etc, is not necessary.

Materials and colours are often best represented by material swatches or specifications.

At the schematic design phase, you are beginning to define how the concept will be realized. Factors such as size, material, complexity, etc. will help when creating a budget is required. (You are not responsible for this for this assignment.) You will also be able to communicate the concept to clients, community members and other stakeholders for review and input, before too much design effort has been expended. Additionally, schematic design will help define the type of content needed - text, illustrations, images, video, etc.

Note that while the term "schematic design" has a specific meaning in the world of architecture, the meaning is more fluid in interpretive design. This is because the breadth of media used in interpretive design - anything from simple printed text to complex multimedia experiences - and because of the role of content - topics, stories, text, etc., that is not part of the architectural design process.

Due date: Due: 6PM, Wednesday April 21. Upload in PDF format to Brightspace.

Name the file: YOURLASTNAME_DSGN4101_Assign5e.PDF

Late assignment penalties

For this assignment, late submissions will be penalized at 10% of the total mark (that is, if an assignment is graded out of 10, you will lose 1 point per day, starting on the due date.)

A 1-hour grace period after the assignment due time will be given to avoid any technical issues related to internet speed resulting in late assignment penalties.

The best approach, however, is to submit work early.

Robert Currie
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