just add a lil bit..
ummm i think what u guys talked up there is kinda "micro designing", what i mean by that, is, those methods just deal with the designing of the product itself.
But i think design :
*) is much more than that, the environment, social context, technological aspect, culture aspect, or marketing strategy, are at least just as important as the form or function of a product.
*) should hav an idea, character, and message. and these things should be communicated through form.
so... it still a long long journey..
You bring up an excellent point. I didn't consider this during my explanation because his question was simply on how to go about integrating inspiration from unrelated objects or things into his design. An answer more than that would be irrelevant to his original question. These topics, ofcourse, are important when designing and are usually included in a design brief that specifies who, what, when, where, why as well as how.
As for unhappymaiden04:
What inspired such design? Perhaps if you included an image of your inspiration it would be easier to critique as to how well you have integrated your inspiration into your design. As of right now. It's a bag, yes, and....? I notice they're two different bags, reasoning for the different designs? Please clarify your reasoning.
these designs just came to mind when I saw my office mate's pleated skirt,(the first collection)
the second one was inspired by a ribbon...sorry,I think I just suck at developing products derived from other objects...that's why I wanted to seek help... I'm really new in this kind of field...everything is very hard for me...it's like a baby trying to walk on his own...