Digital Design

Coordinator: Dr Paul Loh

Senior tutor:
Michael Mack

Senior Technical Tutor:
Samuel Lalo

Design tutors
Tony Yu, Sia Malek, Joel Collins, Samuel Lalo, Junhan Foong, Nancy Samayoa, David Smith, Dylan Li, Melissa Iraheta, Hesameddin Mohamed, Bryan Fan, Saran Kim, Jeremy Bonwick and James Urlini

Technical tutors
Edward Yee, Darren Ng, Tony Yu, Nancy Samayoa, Hesameddin Mohamed, Jeremy Bonwick and James Urlini

Digital Design emerged out of advancement in technology during the post-war period of the 20th century. In the last two decades, contemporary design practice has drawn closer to technology, utilising computing power to speculate, generate, evaluate and implement the design. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) are becoming fundamental to contemporary design discipline and has been widely used from aerospace to health and medicine, graphic design, architecture, landscape, engineering, performance and product design.

In 1960, Ivan Sutherland developed Sketchpad as the first computer graphic user interface. The translation of abstract calculation to visual graphics has since revolutionised the way designers represent and communicate their information. This also makes computing more accessible for the creative discipline. CAD software allows designers to manipulate and model complex virtual models which can be shared and worked on collaboratively. Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machinery enable the virtual model to be directly output as a physical object.

Here, we showcase selected works from our B.Design 2nd-year cohort undertaking Digital Design subject. Students learn to explore iterative design thinking through parametric software. Design is seen as an abstraction process through form generation culminating in a choreographed spatial experience in the form of a pavilion for Queen Victoria Garden, the same site as the annual M-Pavilion. Students manipulate ground and envelop to devise threshold and articulate circulation for inhabitation. This is again iteratively tested using real-time rendering technique as a design tool.

Enjoy the works of our next generation of digital punk!


Digital Design 2021

Banner image:  Alec Gutteridge

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