Unit 1 summary

Reflecting over unit one 1 I can definitely say I have a better and more thorough understand of the original aspects of interior design and how the principles and elements of design and how they have been used in history up until today. Along with learning the elements of design in unit 1,  I have also develop a better understanding of other aspects such as new vocabulary, alternative views of interior design, and approaches to things like space, objects, and buildings; these particular aspect help to build a better understanding all in one.

            Beginning unit 1, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Typical questions likes “how?”, “where?”, “what?”, and “who” raced around my head as if I had to come already knowing these things however that was by far not the case. The first topic just so happened to have been approaches to objects, spaces, buildings, and place.

            Let’s take Stonehenge for example. The famous prehistoric monument, located in Wiltshire, England, is a great example of the start of the usage of 2 important design diagrams, columns and stacks. This monument consists of a group of stacked stones in the form of a circle of sort. They were apparently placed in that particular shape and order, stones standing up in columns, so that as the sun rotates people will be able to tell the approximate time. This is a great example for approaches to space and shape as well. This monument was built for a purpose and to serve a function of sort, however; a major question remains somewhat unknown, “why”?

            As previously mentioned, the setup of Stonehenge consists of 2 types of diagrams, stacks and columns. Along with columns and stacks we have a triangle or pyramid. For instance the great pyramids of Giza, like the roofing of many houses and buildings today, was a pyramid. The fact that these pyramids were in the shape of a triangle birthed the idea of incorporating the triangular design in all sorts of architectural structures and interiors.

            In unit 1, space and time were also two very important components as far as how design and architecture has changed cross time and space. Referring back to the British museum, we were able to see clear examples as to how a change has been made from one point of time back then, up until now.

            When many people think about interior design, more often than not most associate that with the same basic idea and thought process of designing a home or building; some may even confuse that with decoration. Demonstrated in unit 1, there are many alternate views that actually link around the world. Let’s reflect back on that activity of creating a story as to why architects and designers selected classical elements for either pence hall or kind library here at UK. This is the perfect example of having alternative views because I can create my story based off what I feel the meaning and reasoning should be but someone else may have a different view of that. The reasoning for many architects and designers workings and designs could be based off expression.

      This actually leads me to my next important aspect of unit 1; the expression of faith in glass. Like the examples on the cathedral website, many churches were built and some were built in the shape of crosses. In these churches were large murals and glass design that represented faith. Next to incorporating the faith in glass, designers also began to play around with the idea on combining the rectangular (stacked and column) design with circles, creating the dome we see on many buildings today.

      Overall unit one covered much of the necessary knowledge I needed to get a good first grasp of the history of interior design. There the importance of the usage of the principles and elements of design and its history is something anyone as a designer should know about. Along with the principles and elements of design unit on


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