Families were at the heart of this project and I wanted to come up with ideas that will work towards strengthening relationships in families in The Gare. This is important as isolation and loneliness are sadly extremely common amongst older people and so the frequent visits from families can massively improve the quality of life of both parties. Looking at the values of Dewren most important thing to show within my ideas is to care, compassion and consideration for both the families and their older relatives. I am hoping to explore and gain an understanding of different age-related conditions and recognition of the identity and individuality of the residents (which I have touched on in persuasion in level 5). I want to help to close the intergenerational gap by helping different ages to learn from each other.
Looking at these main values we came up with ideas that would bring these core values into light.
Then as individuals, we chose to focus on a signal idea each. I was interested in creating a green space and sharing skills with younger family members. This could have been with planting seeds or basic DIY.
I then looked at how this has worked well before. This leads me into thinking for green spaces that are community led in Liverpool (my hometown). The first place that I thought of was The Bluecoat gardens which are in the middle of the city centre. This is a place that people come to relax and come and have a hot drink and cake. It is up kept by volunteers.
Gramby Four Streets- Assemble
Using skills from many people a community has created a number of regenerated affordable homes to bring people back into the area of Granby in Liverpool. With help from the collective Assemble and other organizations, they are bringing back a community through people coming together. This made an area that would be avoided if possible into an amazing and interesting space with a monthly community market. It even won a turner prize.
In this workshop Neil used the blue and red pill from the matrix as a metaphor for the type of design we were going to create not just in this project but within our wider practices. The blue pill had a symbolic meaning of design until this point created by other people (blinded from the truth in the film). Red pill is a chance for change in the way we work and how it impacts people’s lives (what is going to be real if creativity doesn’t change life can we call it creativity).
We then took to the challenge of rearranging the lecture space to change the way in to which the space worked. We then changed the seating arrangement into a circle which we came to be that this created an environment of equality and sharing community. This sort of environment is important to a designer in how they work. (Like in about a boy and the characters go on about no man being an island).
We then had a discussion about why design is important. We came up with a number of different reasons:
- design can have a real impact
- to create things with purpose
- Look at challenges and see how we can change it
After that we talked about how we could work in different ways to change how we design (taking the red pill so to speak). Neil had a number of ways he uses in his practice:
- Getting rid of designers titled the client want to share the process with you
- Talking to people on shop floor as they tend to know more of the internal workings of the company than the big boss
- And most importantly that WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE
POINT OF VIEW
Then we talked about the importance of points of view in graphic design. This is a massive part of if a design works or not. Good design can be objective on what the viewer has experienced in the past (in life and within design) and their own personal values. What is important is how do we engage with this and we take ourselves away from the design and look at it in someone else’s shoes. Connecting this to the project with Derwen the aim for the residents is to change “I used to be somebody” (red pill) to “I am somebody” (blue pill).
As a starting point for this project as a group, we picked apart the project and the limited brief before coming up with ideas and an individual creative brief. I found this really helpful in the creation of the creative brief as I tend to struggle with the written aspect and this gave me all the content that I need to just piece together. This is something that I really should be doing when writing blog posts as I tend to just look at the screen for hours and have only written ten words.
I find it useful to do the creative briefs as it makes me consider things I really would not have without doing this process.
In the project that kicks off third is titled design for real. In this project, I will again be working with Derwin. This project is focusing on one of their estates called “The Gare” which is in Newport. We are to come up with ideas on how to engage the residents with the new community hub that is being built at the centre of the site along with a new apartment complex. To break the project into more manageable chunks
Communicating to Families- what will this look/sound/feel like.
This part of the project will focus on how to engage families (Especially those with younger members) with their older relatives.
I am excited to be working with Derwen again and with a group that I have not worked with in the past.