Studies in Form (DR3001)

Design as capturing interesting questions, made meaningful thru wresting them into becoming physical forms of response, to which others then make meaning, appreciating original questioning.

Questions such as: “Hidden in one, is the form of another.”


Module Intent

The major objective of this course is to allow students to explore how designs of motif, line, plane, volume and space can harmoniously integrate through the perceived beauty and functional utility of two and three-dimensional objects.


Key Content

Studying methods suggesting perceptual phenomena of kinetic, illusory and floating qualities, by applying elements of pattern, linear, planar and volumetric and spatial designs, inspired by nature and artificiality as references.


Expected Outcomes

  • Understanding the processes of making basic moulds;
  • Gaining the experience of bending and laminated wood;
  • Experiencing the interplay between vertical and horizontal planes, positive and negative spaces including concavity and convexity;
  • Knowing ways of suggesting perceptual phenomenal effects of dynamism, illusion and visual lightness to three-dimensional objects.
  • Understanding terms of understanding in applying abstraction of concepts, ideas, program assimilation, processes, activities, object making and perceived object outcomes; and
  • Reflecting process portfolio recording abstracts of learning involved.


The Major Project (DR3001)



Design and make object that:

  • with interesting perceptual phenomena, shades the glare of candlelight or electric light bulb; and
  • safely houses the heat emitted, and conveniently servicing of candlelight or electric light bulb.


Aesthetic requirements

Being able to capture and characterise the perceptual interests of: sense of movement/ rhythm/ deception/ or ambiguity.


Functional requirement

Being able to be utilised in either vertical or horizontal orientations. This versatility should respect to eyes and height levels of perceiving the phenomenal effects or consequence of light.

Note: if you produce an outcome which can be used both vertically and horizontally, please present its multi-orientation through expressed documentation (work’s label).


Manufacturing requirements

Low cost, medium technology and high touch

Technical requirements

  • Making basic production process jigs and moulds for bending, laminating flexible materials and assembling;
  • Bending & lamination;
  • Woodturning; and
  • Basic joinery techniques.


Course name: Studies in Forms (DR3001) G1&2          

Lecturer: Ash Yeo & Chalit Kongsuwan

Facebook: Chalit Kongsuwan

Venue: Product Design Studio (Art-B1-17)                      

Duration: Thursday 9.15am – 12.15pm

Intermission: 10.30 -10.45 am


W1 (13/AUG/15)  > Introduction: course’s context, outline, the minor & major projects, the criteria of assessment and exemplary works
W2 (20/AUG/15)  >



Extracting abstract qualities from natural or man-made motifs to create pattern and form:

– Interpreting things beyond concrete forms. The outcomes will encourage students to extract the abstract quality of natural creatures as source ideas of 2D patterns &3D objects; and

– Assigning the 1st & 2nd projects

– Digital embroidery (G1)

– Basic joinery Part.1 (G2)

W3 (27/AUG/15)  >


Linear analysis:

– Exploring the static, kinetic and illusory qualities of linear composition. The exemplary works include Op Arts (consecutive and sequential progression of line) and kinetic objects;

– Digital embroidery (G2)

– Basic joinery Part.1 (G1)

W4 (3/SEP/15)  >


Planar analysis:

– Examining the interplay between vertical and horizontal plane through functional objects;

– Basic joinery Part.2 (G2)

– CNC (G1)

W5 (10/SEP/15)  >

9.15 am to 10.30 am

*Union day & Academic council

– Presenting & submitting the 1st & 2nd projects

– Assigning the 3rd project

W6 (17/SEP/15)  >


Volumetric analysis:

– Exploring the interplay between positive and negative space through wearable products, functional objects and architectures; and

– CNC (G2)

– Basic joinery Part.2 (G1)

W7 (Sat 26/SEP/15)  >

*hari raya haji on 24Sep15

– Laminating and bending wooden veneers (G2)

– Basic woodturning (G1)

 (28/SEP – 2/OCT/15)  > BREAK
W8 (8/OCT/15)  > – Presenting & submitting the 3rd project

– Laminating and bending wooden veneers (G1)

– Basic woodturning (G2)

– Assigning the 4th project

W9(15/OCT/15)  >


Spatial analysis:

– Investigating the interplay between material selection and spatial quality. Exemplary works include cantilever furniture; and

The 1st check & undertaking the major project (sketches)

W10 (22/OCT/15)  > – Presenting & submitting the 4th project
W11 (29/OCT/15)  > The 2nd check & undertaking the major project (mock-ups)
W12(5/OCT/15)  > The final check & undertaking the major project (prototype)
W13 (12/OCT/15)  > Presenting the major project (Lecture Room)
W14 (19/OCT/15)  > Submitting the major project



List of basic tools & apparatus (DR3001)

Safety gears

In order to conform NTU’s safety regulation, you are requested to provide safety gears.

These consist of:

  1. safety glasses;
  2. covered shoes (Note: sandals are prohibited);
  3. pants (Note: shorts are prohibited) ;
  4. apron or coverall;
  5. mask for protecting dust;
  6. ear plugs or ear muff; and
  7. soft gloves for protecting your sensitive hands while sanding.


Personal apparatus

  1. dark (8B or EE) and white pencils;
  2. stainless steel ruler;
  3. eraser;
  4. permanent pens (black or blue);
  5. measuring tape;
  6. vernier calliper;
  7. knife;
  8. engineering square (made of steel);
  9. sketch book;
  10. water bottle; and
  11. tool’s box