If you don’t know what FyreUK or Minecraft is then I suggest you read my last post and if you don’t know what Cinema 4D is then I suggest you read my post on that.
[You’ll only understand what’s going on in the design if you have been following their videos on youtube]
I’ve been following FyreUK on youtube since it started, and last month they start a competition for a t-shirt design that would go on sell in their online store. I decided I would look at it from the view of a brief and at the same time get some practice using Cinema 4D. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out and I liked how Cinema 4D allowed me to position the Minecraft characters into any position and adjust the lighting as if it were a real photography studio.
Wednesday the 8th of August was the results night and I was really happy to hear that I had came Runner up after the two main winners. I still got my t-shirt design in the online store and I am now able to access their restricted Minecraft server. It’s really nice to be able to access the server, and I know from their youtube channel that they have a large following of people that would just love to be in my place. I was extremely chuffed to hear that my design was the best selling one too and the first to be sold. You can visit the online store and have a look. Here is also the video of the results.
Only a few seconds after I had published my last post, I receive a message with a link to the D & AD website, the work I did for the D & AD was confirmed as being nominated for an award. Having received an email telling me this last Wednesday (on my birthday, yay!), I already knew this but it never really felt real and since I wasn’t even allowed to tell anyone (until now) it felt unreal. Tonight was the first of me finding out that I’m the only person from the UK that has been nominated, that really shocked me. Have I ever been so lucky? People keeping saying that I’m modest, but I really didn’t think my design was anywhere near good enough.
Check out my work and the competition here.
The final project of third year is almost finished although,I have a feeling this wont be the last post covering my experience with the E.ON Brief. I think the last post I did about this project was the final boards for submitting to the D and AD. Since then I have been working on the ‘Make’ stage of the project and as you can see, not much has really changed in the design. In fact the design has stayed true to the initial drawings propose although having the opportunity to change them at any point.
As part of the project I decided to create the whole user experience. by this I mean having a working prototype (As far as possible, some parts had to be faked), pop out plug adapters for sending the singles, packaging and welcome letters and instruction. I may add more photo’s at a later point but for now I thought I would just get back into making posts since the next few month might become more interesting.
Today I started doing sketches to try and develop one part of my E.ON brief solution. I used the Wacom Bamboo to create detailed drawings of only one aspect in photoshop.
The drawings are off an E.ON branded plug adapter. The adapter makes it possible for a hub to detect what appliances are in use.
The next step will be to work out how the hub and display will look and how I’m going to make it achievable.
As part of our D and AD Brief, we were directed by the energy supplier E.ON to “engage generation ‘Y’ in a relationship with E.ON that champions new ways to use energy in the home and empowers them to enlist others in an energy revolution.” Having only 5 weeks to work on research and to actually produce boards to present our final idea, it feels like we really have to make some progress.
All last week was spent thinking up one hundred ideas to draw up on to an A0 sheet of paper, which on Monday, I narrowed down to five and then after a discussion with my lecturer, narrowed it down to two. So, I’m at this point where I don’t know which direction I’m going to go. I have these two every different ideas; one that I think is more realistic and might be more positive in relation to my values as a designer and another idea that’s more fun/out there, that almost feels like someone else’s idea.
Here we go, I need to get some experience explaining my ideas…
The first one is more about bringing the community together. It uses the kinetic energy that is normally waste when we use our bikes. My idea is to have dynamo device on bikes the charge a battery and when you finish using the bike for what ever it was that you were using it for (say, getting to university and back), you’d be able to take this raw energy created and bring it into the home to create light or heat. A flaw in this idea is that dynamos only create small amounts of electricity therefore, the idea has been developed into something that will bring the community together. It will linked to social networking and encourage people to come together and share their energy, that they themselves have created and use it in an activity, a cinema, an event of something.
The second idea is more about making people aware of what appliances they use in their homes. It gives people an understanding what’s using up energy. It’s a really simple and hopefully effective design. It’s basically a display showing a number, this number will represent the things that are plugged into the main and that are using the electricity. Without having to compromise on the style and the feel of it, I want it to be made cheaply and work effectively, the idea behind that is that it would be something that E.ON would be able to sent out to all the people they supply to. I hope to incorporate a community element into it or a social interaction aspect.
Those are my ideas that I’m hoping to develop a little more and then eventually make. I’m planning on keeping my blog updated with the D and AD competition, I feel as though I am benefiting from having done so.
As part of a project for the D and AD, I’m doing research into energy usage.
As a group we’ve created a survey at Survey Monkey to help pull some stats together in order to gain an insight:
I would appreciate it you would take the time to complete the survey. It only consist of 10 questions and wont take much time at all.