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The Tools for Everyday Life briefs 1&2


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Pronunciation: /tuːl/ Noun: • a device or implement, especially one held in the hand, used to carry out a particular function • a thing used to help perform a job • a person used or exploited by another

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Whilst the definition of a tool can just as easily refer to an object of complexity/ simplicity/ new or old technology, there is elegance to certain functional tools that connect users with a task. This connection might achieve further reverence by requiring the skill acquired by many hours of craft practice. Or the bond between operative and result is made ‘sweet’ because the tool takes all the pain out of a task. Either way tools that transcend being a means to an end and are an end in themselves are one of life’s joys. Made from materials and shaped by processes that acknowledge the physical and physiological contexts of use a ‘good’ tool reminds the user that there is sometimes nothing wrong with liking ‘stuff’.

Sennet, R., The Craftsman, Penguin 2008 Crawford, M.,The Case for Working with Your Hands: or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things is Good, Viking. 2010 Bayley, S.,Britain Should be a Workshop, Not a Casino. The Times. Monday January 11th 2010, pp. 26. Available from: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/com ment/columnists/guest_contributors/a rticle6982965.ece [last accessed 27.01.11]

The intention of this project is to investigate the language of task focused objects. Products that lead to the creation of something else.

Assignment

Assessment Criteria

Design and make (or have made) or throw money at the production of “a tool” that acts as a prop for an aspect of daily life. The product should support a specific task or action.

Won’t make us all look stupid in NYC.

The ‘tool’ should be able to fit in either the hand luggage or in the ‘hold’ luggage of a trans-Atlantic traveller.

Work Requirements •

A working prototype Something that illustrates the design process

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The iCFF opens on the 14 May.


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Useful reference:

Pronunciation: /tuːl/ Noun: • a device or implement, especially one held in the hand, used to carry out a particular function • a thing used to help perform a job • a person used or exploited by another Whilst the definition of a tool can just as easily refer to an object of complexity/ simplicity/ new or old technology, there is elegance to certain functional tools that connect users with a task. This connection might achieve further reverence by requiring the skill acquired by many hours of craft practice. Or the bond between operative and result is made ‘sweet’ because the tool takes all the pain out of a task. Either way tools that transcend being a means to an end and are an end in themselves are one of life’s joys.

Bayley, S. “Reasons for a Ruskin Renaissance” in the Collect 2011 Catalogue,Crafts Council Pages 1415 . available at http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/collect -catalogue/home#/8/ (last accessed 26.10.2011) Pye, D, Is anything done by hand? Chapter 3 in The Nature and Art of Workmanship, Cambridge University press 1968 Sennet, R., The Craftsman, Penguin 2008

Made from materials and shaped by processes that acknowledge the physical and physiological contexts of use a ‘good’ tool reminds the user that there is sometimes nothing wrong with liking ‘stuff’. The intention of this project is to investigate the language of task focused objects.

Assignment

Assessment Criteria

Design and make (or have made) or throw money at the production of “a tool” that carries out one, some or all of the following physical actions:

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Won’t make us look stupid when we show it in NYC

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Work Requirements

Time Line (schedule) May 2012

A working prototype: costed for repeat production or to be sold as it is. Something that illustrates the design process

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Tools for Everyday Life Briefs 1&2