Analog Processes and Serendipitous Results: A Binary Case Study

By Rab McClure.

Published by The Design Collection

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A pair of design projects by the author--a lakeside cottage addition and a folded paper lamp--inadvertently cross-pollinated during their contemporaneous, though seemingly independent development. Both involved handmade drawings and models, and provide an opportunity to argue for employing metaphor, analogy and deduction as conceptual design tools. The pairing facilitates discussion of the usefulness of derivative inspiration, the adaptive reinterpretation and absorption of foreign influence into a fluid design process that works to resist unhealthy preconception, remaining, instead, open to invention.

Keywords: Modalities of Design, Analogy, Metaphor, Design Process

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.85-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.393MB).

Prof. Rab McClure

Assistant Professor, Department of Interior Design, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA

Rab McClure is a registered architect and Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds degrees in architecture from Yale University and the University of Virginia. Projects under his leadership have won design awards and been published in design journals such as Architecture magazine and Architectural Record. A solo project, Cubbyhole Studio, won Finalist distinction in the 2005 IDEC International Design Competition. He frequently contributes articles to the professional journal Inform magazine, and his most recent paper presentation, at the 2006 Design History Society Conference in Delft was, Marcel Breuer Transplanted--The Dirty Modern Mutation.

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