‘Perform’- Reflection

The Perform project has been personally one of my favourite projects throughout the three years. I pushed myself to constantly be working on this project and to know every detail of my scheme. I also wanted to create all the elements myself so I had really strong sense of ownership over the space.

I decided that I was going to create a sushi restaurant, very early on in the design process and certain elements of the design too such as a large conveyer belt, and the wood throughout the building to keep it simple, and throughout these didn’t change. The main changes and adaptions that I made were to technically get items of my design to work; such as the conveyer belt travelling across the first and second floor. It is very challenging to figure out how this would work, how it keep it aesthetically in keeping with the rest of my design.

Throughout the design I also challenged myself to create the best possible outcome at every point to demonstrate my scheme. To achieve this I used all the facilities available to me, and spent time learning new programmes such as; V-Ray which I have always struggled with before, Auto-CAD and using the PEL Space. Utilising these facilities helped me to demonstrate my project to a much better standard than I have ever been able to before. I wish I had used these last year so that my skills using them would have been more refined this year and my projects would have developed further.

Since presenting I have made small alterations to my presentation, such as more description into what the performance is. More host building analysis, refined some of my keys moves, added materials, and made some technical alterations on my floor plans such as line weight and scale. I also worked on my Section and Axonometric also refining the line weights and scale using AutoCAD. I also added images of my model as I forgot to do this when presenting, and images of my render in the PEL Space. I feel that these alterations has really helped to define my presentation and made some elements a lot clearer.

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Overall I am very happy with my presentation, I really committed myself to the project and feel the outcome has reflected that. There are small elements that I will revisit to refine. But, I believe that this project has not only pushed my boundaries as a designer but also allowed me to see what I am capable of if I push myself.

‘PEL’ Space

To bring my ‘Perform’ design to life, I projected an image into a PEL (Perceptual Experience Lab) space, this allows myself and others to see the design come to life and experience the space in a 1:1 scale in virtual reality. I decided to use what I believe to be the most powerful image of my presentation which is of the ground floor.


I had to adjust the image to 5280px- 1980px for the image to fit onto the screen. This involved re-rendering the image on V-Ray to this size.

The Result: 




Short video which show the image in the PEL Space with added sounds, experimenting with the opportunities that the PEL Space holds. The video is not the best quality however it demonstrates the effects that can be added to an image to bring the sense of reality to an image.

Having access to a space such as this really allows me to bring my deign to life. The opportunities that the PEL Space holds is endless. Using it alongside this project has allowed me to see what it can do and what I want to use it for in my next project.

When working with others and experiencing their work in the same space I realise what made their work stand out compare to mine. The main point was that they both gave enough floor space at the front of the image for the perspective of where we were stood to seem ‘real’.

Experiencing what others can do with the space has made me more ambitious to use the space more and to its potential, including videos, and sounds to create an immersive user experience.

The work featured above is the work of:

Eleonora Piga- ‘The Red Room’  -Elleinteriordesignblog.wordpress.com

Jarret Williams- ‘Omega’  -jwinteriordesign@wordpress.com


Example of what can be done:

In the video above is demonstrated the use of animation in the space, the main point I have taken from this is that the use of sound and movement brings a more immersive experience then an image ever could. I aim to be able to add some of these elements into my next design.

Although extremely happy with the PEL experience, I realise when rendering my images for the space that I need to take into consideration the space between the beginning of the image and the floor. My Sushi bar starts at floor level in these images need a cylinder output, so that the reality of standing in the space is translated as reality. This will involve a lot more work, however to develop this for my next project would really bring a sense of how I imagine a space to feel to others standing in space.

‘How it makes me Feel’

Dissertation Installation- Design as Medicine

To accompany my dissertation study I have created an installation in CSAD, room B2.07. The purpose is to gather feedback from the users of B2.07 through the questionnaire which i have created and gather a wider understanding of how the wool installation makes users feel.

The installation is created from coloured wool stretching from the floor to the ceiling, wrapping around the room. I hope that it will enhance my research into how our environments make us feel. Building the installation to scale not only allows me to gather primary research, but also gives the opportunity for others to experience the proposed immediate effect of how changing a space affects how you feel.

The Build:




Building the installation took a lot longer than expected, and I had to work long into the night to get it finished for the next day of meetings. It was simple but time consuming. There were a few things that I had not considered such as how time consuming it would be,  I had not considered not covering the radiator and the door knocking the installation that was behind it. I solved these problems, using signage to warn users of B2.07 to be careful when opening the door. I also had to leave a section of the installation around the radiator. These issues did not impact on the overall feel of the installation.

Final Installation:





To complete the ‘communication’ section of the perform project, it entails bringing all the design material from the concept and scheme reviews together to present the final outcome of the design.

The presentation started with host building analysis. Showing how my scheme would fit into the surrounding area and how the sun path moves over the building. The sun path was important to show as it influenced my first key move. I used SketchUp to create the images shown of Church Street. These were un-rendered, and demonstrated the information clearly.

I presented my design through an presentation. In this I thoroughly explained each key move as I am aware that in the past I haven’t fully explained what I have done to the host building and why. I demonstrated this through un-rendered SketchUp images, highlighting the element I was explaining.

I then used Auto CAD to develop a range of floor plans, a section and an Axonometric. Which demonstrate the detail on each floor and give a wider overview of what happens on each floor. Developing these further before the deadline, I need to consider, scale, and line weight within my floor plans. I also need to take perspective off my axonometric.

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I created my visuals on SketchUp and rendered them through V- ray. Lighting was very important part of my scheme, it really helped to deliver the mood and atmosphere throughout the building.

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Although happy my presentation I know that certain elements could have been stronger and I will develop these before the deadline in two weeks time. I feel that my Auto CAD work was rushed towards the end as I was still learning the programme. I was pleased with how developed my design was, I knew all elements of the design and had considered where each mechanism would go and how it would work, which is something I have never done before. I was also extremely happy with how my final rendered images came through as I had used the extension V-ray which I struggled with a lot in previous projects.

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Model Making


As part of the design project ‘perform’ I created a model to help demonstrate the scheme of my design.

I decided to create the model on a 1:50 scale, the larger scale demonstates each element in more detail. As I designed each element in my design i found it hard to create each element to replicate the design. To solve the problem I used the digital models that I had created in SketchUp and 3D printed them.

I hand cut the building from card, and coated the walls and floors in bulsa wood, which I waxed so that it was a darker richer colour.

I am happy with how my model turned out, it helps to demonstrate my scheme and really explains some of elements.

I was disappointed in some elements, I think that the finish is messy. I also made some mistakes not taking into account the thickness of the wood when I printed elements such as the stairs, so they didn’t fit into the model as smooth as I wanted them too.



Perform- Scheme

My project has been developing and I have playing around with new ideas of my design. I have kept the concept of my design, creating a sushi restaurant where the performance is the cooking its self and the display it the food moving around the building. A large conveyer belt will be the main element of the design stretching the majority of the ground floor then building up and also covering half of the first floor. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to create a conveyer that will run horizontally and then vertically; to do this I create a design that involves a track in the conveyer that trays run along. Along side the conveyer belt I have made my own tables to fit and curve with the conveyer; I then created tables to fit with the curve under the tables. I have also changed the private rooms on the first floor to only two as I felt that three rooms were okay for size, but a little small. I also created the screens to be bi-folding rather than sliding as when pushed back to make a larger room, the screen wont be in the way. In the basement I have also details all the spaces, the toilets, storage and staff area.


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Ground Floor:

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First Floor:

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I created some un-rendered images from my sketch up to show my idea, and how my scheme is developing so far:

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A big part of my design will be in the lighting, I have created a dark space using dark walnut wood, this is the affect that I wanted; I think that some clever and very specific lighting will really bring this design alive. I am going to experiment with different colours in certain areas and use some colour theory to try and create the atmosphere that I am aiming for. I have been inspired by the ‘Japanese House of Light’ after reading about it in ‘The Essence of Japanese Design’ I found that it was carrying out a lot of the ideas that I had thought of so I am going to use it as a reference when placing my lighting.

Japanese House of Light:

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I have also been working on my model for the project, I decided to create my model on a 1:50 scale, I didn’t think that on a scale of 1:100 would be big enough to show all the elements. To start I used the 3D printer to create my conveyer belt, see my last blog post to see the progress of this: https://jaisydavies.wordpress.com/2019/10/31/3d-printing/


3D Printing

Through my project ‘Perform’ as part of the 1:50 model that I am making, I decided to utilise the 3D printer in the university to help portray the conveyer belt element of my design. It is the main element and it made up from curves and elevations that I created, and as already made digitally I believe that to 3D print is the best way to portray it.

To do this I first created all my objects on SketchUp, this proved difficult as how I had originally made them, were to complicated to print, so I had to use the basic outline and rebuild most of the model.

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Once completed I put the model into a programme called Cura, this allowed me to see what I had created and how it would be printed so that I can make any changes.

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Some of the elements took hours to complete as they were large and solid objects, I tried to fit all the smaller pieces on in one print to save time, I did find that when using the printers not to ask it too many pieces in one print, the less the more accurate the prints.



I am very happy with the finished project, there are some imperfections however I will use the off cuts to rebuild the missing parts.




Audio Book

Collaborating with composer Felix Lindsell- Hales together we created an audio book for my nieces 7th birthday. It involved a story of how her teddy Pooh Bear goes missing and she travels across a magical land to find him; along the way she comes across different character to guide her. These characters are all played by her friends and member of my family.

Felix recorded the story and composed music to play along side of it. I created a map for her to follow and bound the map, and the script into a book for her to keep, with a copy of the book.

Finished Book:


Map Created:


Audio Book (Please listen):



Professional Development-

As I am in my last year of university now I feel that I have enough material to start putting together a website to show potential companies or any employer that I move onto next year. I wanted to keep the design of this very simple as what should be highlighted is the work itself, and as my work is all visual I didn’t want to much colour.

I decided to put my best work on the site, mainly all from my second year in university where I feel I really found who I wanted to be as a designer and made huge progress. However one piece from my first year did make it onto the website, this is because although I am not particular proud of the visuals I made at the time, I was pleased with the general idea and scheme and I think it shows how far I have come in my three years in university.

The Website:

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Dissertation- Installation

To support my writing I am going to create an installation to show the affects that design could have in and office/ working environment.

My installation will enhance my research in how our environments make us feel. I have looked into a range of different spaces but will end the body of research focusing on work and educational spaces specifically, and being able to make this installation in the university would allow me to gather primary research.
I would like to build the whole installation rather than just a model, as it would let me gather the users feedback, but I also really enjoy building my ideas to scale and actually experiencing them for myself, and others experiencing them too. I have done this in previous projects and it always enhances my work, but it also turns out to be my favourite bit of the project too.
I plan to transform the room to be filled with colour and texture to give the users a new experience whilst having meetings in this space.
I will be placing planks of wood around the edge of the room against the walls, with metal hooks screwed into each piece 320mm apart. Onto these hooks coloured wool will be firmly attached (6-10 pieces per hook) and will reach up to the ceiling where each piece of individual wool will be held with a pin. This will not damage the ceiling as it is made from a foam material and has been used for purposes such as this before, and the floor will not be damaged in any way.
I will not block any doors, fire alarms or current screens in the room and the room as it stands will still be able to function as a meetings room or a place to do work.
I will then create a questionnaire and ask all users of the space for however long the installation exists (hopefully 1-2 weeks to gather a good range of feedback) to fill in the questionnaire and this is how I will gather my research.
The current space in university:
1:50 Scale model of proposed installation:


SketchUp version (un-rendered) to show details: