Creativity & Aesthetics

Where I started …

During my bachelor’s, I focused on getting acquainted with Adobe programs and making prototypes on different fidelity levels. Through this process, I developed trust in my senses on how something should look while designing it.

  • Report B1.1, indication of the level of aesthetics I came from: here
  • Report B1.2: here
  • Video Cardboard Modeling coffee machine: here
  • Reflection on Aesthetics of Interaction: here
  • Report B3.1 on designing events: here (Wandering Flight Forum on page 26)

… how I continued …

During my master’s I worked more by myself, and I realized I am more critical of the interactive aesthetics of a prototype than the way it looks. In the M1.1 project, designing the social robot Bulb, I liked thinking along about the exterior but my primary interest was in designing its behaviour. By working in a group, overlap in interests needed to be found which led to an extensive brainstorming phase to explore design directions.

When choosing CDR, my creative process changed along with the research mindset. This can clearly be seen when comparing an M1.1 brainstorm with low-fidelity prototyping and an M1.2 brainstorm in which I looked at existing work and took inspiration from there.

Additional to ID projects, I did a project course at Innovation Space. It was enlightening to be the only designer in a team and therefore set in charge of visuals. By trusting my design senses, I translated the group’s vision of a concept idea to a visual communicating the concept. I will not be the best at designing materials but it feels reassuring that non-designers still trust me in this skill.

  • M1.1 theme direction: here , and design direction: here
  • M1.2 brainstorm image: here
  • Poster Innovation Space: here
M1.1 Bulb, exploration on movements to design its behavior.

… and where I’m headed.

In my last projects, M2.1 and M2.2, I found my creative process to become increasingly research-based. Instead of idea brainstorming, I find inspiration from previous research work. Using this method I am, in my own way, refining a research design based on the knowledge that is out there. Of course, while building a research prototype I do still employ my intuition to decide the aesthetics but where possible I find it good practice to support a decision with literature.

To support me in my research design practice I want to continue to develop my visual communication skills and combining my developed intuition on good design with research-based creativity.

  • M2.1 ELSA lab poster: here
  • Report M2.2: here (design process from page 11)
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