What is Design?

We were asked to read a bit of the chapter ‘What is good design?’ from our reading list at the start of the lesson. I only got up to page 4 then we stopped to discuss what we had read which lead us into the lesson.


Rough notes

Then we mind mapped what we though Design meant and this is what I came up with and some from the class discussion:


Design mind map


Theory notes

We were given a self directed task to choose one of the locations stated in my notes and explore what is good about that design of the building. I decided to go for the Showroom Cinema as I have never been before and it was a chance to have a look around.



I found the exterior good because it was simple and straight to the point with simple signage for the customer to see what the building was called and what else it included. I found the actually name of the building was bad as it was not lit up like the word cinema underneath was. The simple exterior stands out in the nature around the front of the building.



The entrance was good with wheelchair accessibility and standard doors to get in and out the cinema. I found the angle of the door handles bad as they are a weird shape to grab and open a door with. There is plenty of signage on the doors as well stating the times it is open and closed. The design of the doors is a simple grid effect that goes with the design of the building.



Here shows the still images of the films showing at the cinema as well as the cinema timetable for customers to see what films are on before they even enter the building which is very practical. However the timetable is positioned at the bottom which is bad as you would have to bend down to see the times, it should be positioned eye level so the customer can see it better.


Indoor Signage

This is how the sign for the building should look on the outside so people can see what the places is named more easily. This can be seen well at night time as the red shines through the entrance windows. The lighted up signage makes the viewer look at the words as it is in your face plus, it has a design behind it made of mirror to reflect.


Interior-Cinema side

There is plenty of signage in this area so people can find there way around this interior clearly. There is a built in bench on the right of the image which is good as it acts as a place to sit down and wait for other friends to turn up and does not take up too much room in the interior as it blends well. The colours are bright and mainly pink which suggests a girly feel to the interior which in my opinion is bad as male customers may feel uncomfortable with the colour choice.


Interior-Bar side

The interior of the bar area is well furnished for the function of the room with plenty of space to walk in between tables and chairs. It is well lit with bulbs dotted all around the space. The signage is bad as the colour blends in with the wall too much and is reflective so customers may find it hard to read, a better colour would of been black. The colours in this room are more unisex and work better for this environment which at night will turn into a more atmospheric place with younger customers which the interior appeals to.



Here is an example of the furniture used in the bar, one is modern styled and the other one is older. Plus the wooden chair has a hint of a back on it so customers can have support of there back when sitting on this chair. Where as the silver chair is even all over so can be sit on from any angle. The silver chair is bad as it has no support for the customer to sit or get onto the chair which could be an issue for all ages.


I learned more about the idea of design and how everything you look at can have both good and bad design. It has made me look at everything in a new light and criticise or applaud design of a building or object.



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