the forms and dictations of functionality

A semester long thesis project looking at how objects are perceived and understood as being "functional." This project looks into how functionality is defined, the variations of functionality, and the different elements of objects that influence that.

The project cumulated in a series of 25 rendered objects. The five base objects selected are a vase, a bowl, a mug, a wine glass, and a water bottle. Each of these objects move through five different categories and alter accordingly. The columns are functional, modified functionality, unclear functionality, non-functional, and increased perceivable affordances.

Below is the process book which contains my research, sketches, and a more in-depth explanation of the project.

Fall 2017.


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