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Re: Help with Form Development

Postby ono » April 7th, 2017, 4:50 am

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This is a fascinating subject, and great pointers from the previous posts. Form finding is almost impossible to teach as a skill, it just needs to be practiced over and over in any medium available.
Shapes not only have to be interesting and eye catching but relevant to the segment and "makeable".
I find it amazing how some people can see great shapes in their mind but can't draw if their life depends on it, so they get great at steering other designers in that direction, using crappy detail sketches.
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Re: Help with Form Development

Postby Dave-wise1 » April 7th, 2017, 6:45 am


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Whenever I approach a new project and what form it's going to take on, I consider its context. What does the object do, how is it used and how and from what material might it be made from? Is it hand held or does it sit on a surface, who is the user?
From here you can start to deconstruct certain elements that will need to be present in the final design to meet these requirements and then you can begin to sketch loose forms that make sense for the context and end user.
Along with this I consider the brand for which I'm designing which can often give clues to how the details of the product might be treated.
After sketching out loads of different ideas you can choose the ones that speak to you the most and refine them, adding further detail.
I usually get a warm fuzzy feeling inside when I can feel all these elements coming together.
Enjoy exploring!

Re: Help with Form Development

Postby cwatkinson » April 7th, 2017, 11:27 am

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1. find images of forms that inspire you and dissect them. Dont trace the outlines fill in the form and create contour lines - shadows and highlights to understand the flow.
2. find objects in the real world - study them close your eyes and run your hand over the surface - feel how they transition
3. get a pound of play-do and sculpt the photograph and sketch over.
4. I also took several classes http://www.jdorr.com/Marker-rendering-techniques.html - and learned many things that are simple but really helped me to excel with form development..... sketch from the inside out, use many colors, have fun and let your hand and eys guid you, lightest lights to darkest darks.

If you click on the link you will see a quick video i created to demonstrate. (still can figure out how to embed the videos :(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFUsbVG8G9Q

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFUsbVG8G9Q[/youtube]

Re: Help with Form Development

Postby Gazoo » April 7th, 2017, 9:58 pm


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Thanks all. Yes Yo, please move it over to the sketch forum. I should've thought of that previous!

Re: Help with Form Development

Postby Robbie_roy » April 8th, 2017, 11:47 am

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This is a awesome thread. Form development is obviously huge to what we do but it can be a bit esoteric for a lot of discussions and is barely covered by any design blogs in depth, so it's nice to see it pop up in some more detail here.

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