I had the opportunity to meet with one of my design heroes - Claire Norcross while she was visiting MMU to see the final BA Degree Show. We had an hours chat over a coffee and her feedback and advice having read though my design direction brief was as follows:
- Give myself a tighter brief.
- Set some limitations.
- What is the space?
- What is the function? Beyond the stopping and looking.
She suggested that the product may inform the space? "Could you have a space that you go into for relaxation? Staying for 10min. Like the sauna timer."
This would rapidly enter the territory of 'Experiential design'
Claire also mentioned looking into 'Theories of concentration' that could then inform the light pattern, duration and colour. "The research will then inform the experience which will then inform the material." Which is defiantly more than a piece of paper. It may just be a form, with technology within it? Then you can marry the correct material to the experience?
We then discussed some of our favourite experiential design : Sky space at YSP, being our conclusion.