Design By Gawshika Aumkaran
The Design Brief
To create an interactive sketchpad, allowing customers to construct their own designs. This program should be eay-to-use, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. The sketchpad I designed is targeted to be used for kids clothing apparels, such as t-shirts and hoodies. The designs can easily be applied for both genders, as these designs are created purely by the customers themselves. Having these designs on a clothing apparel also allows the design to be proudly exhibited in a number of settings and scenarios, thus ensuring the marketing of the sketchpad to be wide spread. The design is also aimed to be child-friendly, encouraging them to experiment and produce their own designed clothing, via. the interactive sketchpad. However, this sketchpad can just as much be used by all ages as well.
Research and Inspiration
For this assessment, I looked into different websites and programs which featured a sketchpad, as well as other sources of inspiration. I looked into the interface of the program: paint. On paint, there are different sections for each painting tool - and then they are categorised further.This layout was commonly known by most as it has been applied to further programs with similar layout. Having a familiar and constant layout will allow the user to easily navigate the sketchpad.
I also took inspiration from Harmony. This sketchpad's various brush types intrigued me, in that it incited me to want to attempt to have a few options for drawing on the canvas I was to create. The colour choices for this program also inspired me to change from having the general 'black, red, green and yellow' colour scheme I first had in mind, to providing more options.
Another idea which greatly influenced my choice of delving into kid's clothing, mainly created by the kids themselves, was the website:Budsies. This website was dedicated to converting a child's drawings (esp. an animal or imaginative creature) into their very own 'soft-toy buddy'. The concept was really interesting to me, and thus through a different form of item - a wearable one - came the idea of clothing designed by the children themselves. Having a custom-made item just for yourself, that is unique as well, can a very special and treasured memento.
Additionally, through my research, I happened upon a collection of 'drawing machine' sketches. These sketches allowed me a greater insight to the use and creation of drawing tools that were intricate and pleasing to look and manipulate with when run.
Main Concept and Concept
The main idea I wanted to include was the ability to use multiple different colours to draw out what the user wants.
I began my concept for the sketchpad by physically sketching out the layout. There were various design and ideas, but I had to choose the one that made sense and was capable of completing. I ended up deciding on having the main square canvas in the middle, instructions/options on both sides of this square, and a heading at the top.
Having the title: 'Design Your Own' was included just to make the concept easier to understand and straight-forward for the younger demographic. I utilised the drop-down menu from the 'Control P5' menu as a method to showcase the keys from a keyboard that are needed to use the different brush types. The added drop-down menu gives another element to this sketchpad. This way of showing which keys represent which brush type was used because, I felt like having it included as just plain text might be a bit boring, and thus having this different element continues to interest the user further. There are little side-notes included to make the experience and understanding of the sketchpad easier. In the making of the design, there were a lot of shapes, esp. for making the buttons. The buttons along the right-hand side are essentially a digital colour pallette, similarly set in two rows. Included at the bottom of this tool, are the 'clear' and 'erase' buttons - allowing mistakes to be easily fixed or for the drawing to be completed on a blank canvas.
I used Week 9's tutorial to assist in making the connections between the coloured boxes/buttons to drawing them onto the canvas. I used Week 7's tutorial on how to use your own font to include a font that I found myself. This was because I wanted to customise it a bit more, as well as include a more fun and clear-looking font to be easily read. I also included my own font into the design to make it more concise. The font however, with each run, would take on a different form - in the sense that sometimes it would be distorted a bit, and sometimes not.
The tools featured in this design are:
- A basic drawing tool
- A colour Pallette
- A set of varying brush tools (Monochromatic)
- The choice of additional coloured stroke with the brush tool
- A clear button
- An erase tool
With my design, I am satisfactory with the results of my sketchpad. With more knowledge, I may have been able to make a more intricate and succint design. But with what I know, I have fulfilled the needs of this project, with the variety of tools, that can be used for this sketchpad. If I were to further improve the interactive sketchpad, I would have liked to work on trying to figure out the best solution to contain the drawings into that square box which is essentially the canvas. I may also would like to expand and include more features, which would make it more fun and interesting for kids to interact with. Though it may be simple, I believe it to meet the needs I aimed for my design: easy-to-use, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. This design also aims to believe my target audience in producing their custom designed clothing.