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Class notes week 4


-balance different objects, soft objects


-surface with negative space


-number of objects to contain, size, weight

-texture, materials;ex plexy glass, rubber


-shoe box

-how to sit around it



Change sturdy to durable


Deconstructing 1 & 2

1. Identify your category and its cultural norms
2. List the qualifiers of your category (it must have or do A, B, C, D in order to be considered a ______ )

Category: Coffee Table

A low table that is designed to be placed in front of a sofa to support beverages, magazines, books and etc while sitting down. They are found in living rooms. It can be used for light and heavy conversations.

They are usually for putting light items on top to hold while you are sitting or engaged in something. It usually has legs to support the surface plane. They are usually made in wood, or glass.

Deconstruction of Coffee Table

1. Identify your category and it’s cultural norms

  • Putting stuff on it
  • Light items such as magazines, books, beverages, etc.
  • 3 or more legs
  • Planar surface
  • Fancy
  • Stationed in living rooms, bedroom
  • Relation with┬áTV
  • Gather around coffee table to talk
  • Within height range
  • Elevated from ground

2. List the qualifiers of your category.

  • Elevated from ground
  • Flat surface
  • Visually pleasing
  • matches with other surrounding designs
  • Touching the floor
  • Supporting the surface
  • Clean
  • Sturdy
  • Space to hold other objects
  • Size
  • Where to station it

3. Language: Rename your category

  • Sturdy elevated surface
  • Flat surface object holder

4. Identify neighboring categories

  • Dinning table
  • Table
  • Bar
  • Setting table
  • Desk
  • Bench
  • Chair
  • Stool
  • Couch
  • Pile of magazines or books
  • Shelf
  • Massage table
  • Tray
  • Counter

5. Language: Identify synonyms and antonyms of each word in your categorical name.


  • Bar
  • Bench
  • Counter
  • Dusk
  • Dinning table
  • Dinner
  • Dresser
  • Stand


  • Tree
  • Texture
  • Bush
  • Soft objects; Pillows, blankets, hat and fabric

6. Form porpositions

  • Chair
  • Cardboard box