Learn to design in a simple and versatile way to get more with less
Nowadays a designer can spend hours searching for visual references or inspiration on the internet to conceptualize a project, something that, according to Adolfo Navarro - product designer and course teacher Introduction to leather design - can be counterproductive to reach a solid concept and achieve a high quality design.
In search of new processes to approach projects in a structured way, Adolfo created a work methodology called Configurative Design, and in this course you will learn its basic principles, to achieve product designs that fulfill several purposes, applying concepts of interaction, deconstruction and configuration in your creative process.
What's included in this course?
You will start the course knowing Adolfo's work, his experience and inspiration in product design, the main creative references he has had and his particular way of approaching design projects.
You will continue with an introduction to the method that Adolfo has developed: Configurative Design. Through some examples you will know the main aspects of this conceptualization process, how you can apply them to your design and then put the theory into practice, doing an exercise to generate several results from a brief.
Then, you will analyze the different ways that exist to apply the methodology to the design of objects, spaces and solutions. You will understand that when designing an object, you do not design an object in itself, but an interaction. Also, you will explore why you should not look for a functional result, but also useful, and the difference between both concepts. All this as a preamble to understand who is the final designer of your piece: the user.
As a final project, you will develop the design of an object that manages to apply configuration of the different ways that we will analyze during the course, manipulating the limitations of any project in your favor and unlocking your potential for creative exploration to maximize the scope of your proposals.
At the end of the course you will have more conceptualization tools to generate original ideas designing from a purpose, without simply resorting to visual references (like Pinterest or Tumblr).
What is this course project about?
The course is 100% theoretical but Adolfo invites you to put into practice what you have learned, developing the design of an object that can be configured in a simple way.
Who is it for?
Product designers, architects and creatives in general that look for new ways to solve and tackle projects.
To complete this course you will need basic knowledge about design, a notepad, some materials that Adolfo will detail and a lot of creative curiosity.
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Adolfo Navarro is the founder and creative director of Lo Esencial, a Mexican multi-award winning utility brand that emphasizes functionality through the proper use of genuine leather as a material.
Adolfo's work is characterized by exploring possibilities and maximizing the usefulness and functionality of objects, achieving new ways of interaction and simplification, emphasizing objects that are used daily.
Among the awards he has received in the field of leather goods and design, there are two honorable mentions in the National Design Award (2016), the first place in the National Furniture Design Competition (DIMUEBLE, 2015), as well as an honorable mention in the National Design Biennial (2017), among others.