Development of terracotta table nametag for identification and office decoration (Part I)
Polymers, woods, metals, boards (ceiling, particles) are among the inevitably primary materials for production in industries. What materials to choose from when developing a product to meet a client’s unique demand amidst distance, limited variety of materials and paucity of literature are the big questions. This study explored clay for the development of a ceramic table nametag. An experimental method in form of reportage was adopted that started with a design briefing. This was followed by step-by-step processes: concept development; preparation of clay slabs; dimensioning of slabs into 14" x 18"; computer-generated design of texts and the university logo composed into a template; a dexterous pressing of a template into the leather-hard surface of the slabs for impression; then dried at room temperature, and fired at 1000oC. The customized terracotta table nametag was polished with wood varnish (commercial lacquer) for glazy effect and mounted on an easel-like fabricated steel stand, and finally presented to the client. Results showed that the significant potential of clay as a suitable material for nametag production. This was revealed in the exciting reaction of the client upon seeing the finished work. It is recommended that design brief should be upheld as a crucial criterion for design is to ensure achievement of the intended goal as client’s opinions are crucial, and evaluation of complete should be factored into the design process assess client’s satisfaction. The exploration of local content should be introduced to design curricula of design schools given the challenging location of far places such as Adamawa State. Synergy and improvisation are among the design concepts that should be encouraged among designers/artists-students and freelancers for optimal design results.
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