IDI is really intensive

IDI – Industrial Design Intensive – is the course I study right now. And indeed it’s pretty intensive. So far we turned in 2 projects and deadline for the third is on Tuesday.

For the first project we had barely 3 days (in total 2 weeks from start to the end, but without supervision). For the second project we had 1.5 weeks. The second project was the sketching practice where we had to design and sketch a hairdryer in 3 perspectives. Current project concerns designing a handheld blender, and we have 3 weeks for this one.

All projects so far are extremely short,and there’s barely enough time to complete them. Most people stay after classes a couple of hours to continue working. And many complain there isn’t enough time, and that we can’t get quality results in the given time. While I agree with that, I don’t think it’s that bad.

During the first two project I was working on finishing my thesis, so I had to manage time to finish all of them on time. Sacrificing quite a lot of project time for the sake of the thesis. In the end my end result wasn’t standing out looking terrible amongst others.

Because I always work “last moment”, I believe I learned to efficiently cut corners, and achieve an acceptable result in a short period of time. Also, I am aware of what our requirements are and how much I actually need to do. In general, I don’t have a problem with time, but certainly it’s hectic.

Right now I have to do several sketches, a final foam model, re-draw storyboard on a tablet, and prepare presentation material before Monday evening. I assume I’ll spend the entire weekend at school. It’s quite a lot of work, but it’s not unmanageable.

But of course, everyone has different goals, and some people will put in more work and work with different methods. I like to be realistic about time limits though – I know that within given time my result can only reach certain quality with my skills, or that certain quality will be enough. Some people like to stretch and do great looking renders, but I’m lazy, and I know the course’s focus is on the process rather than on the result. I still put a great deal of time into projects. But also so far, we’ve only done product design projects, and it’s not my thing. I’m so much more interested in the cool things a product can do rather than defining how exactly it will look like. I can’t wait for the interaction projects :D

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