Digital Print – Developing Products

Advanced / intermediate course about printing designs onto product prototypes. Includes homeware: mugs, placemats, coasters and fashion samples. Follows on from Digital Textile Print Designing, Experience of Photoshop necessary.

Who is this course for

This course is for students who want to learn how to design, develop and print designs onto a range of surfaces using digital techniques. Some graphics, or textile background would be helpful.
The aim is to produce a range of product prototypes onto fabrics and a range of other surfaces, such as ceramics and wood.
A grounding in Photoshop is essential as this is the software we use throughout the course, beginners may not be able to keep up with the course content.
The course is designed as an extension of the Design for Digital Textiles courses, but anyone can
join who has the required basic knowledge.

What does this course cover

The aim of the course is to develop digital textile prototypes that could be developed into a commercial product - such as a bag, wallet, cushion cover, mug or placemat. These could be created as gift / product ideas or to start to develop a new range as a designer maker.

You will be focusing on designing a range of product ideas using sublimation techniques, which you will test and then work up into prototypes. You will be taught specialist textile design skills such as: creating your own designs from scratch, printing on specialist papers and products, producing repeat patterns, colour and preparing files to be digitally printed.
In the first part of the course you will cover how to create a basic design in Photoshop. Including putting the work into repeat, changing size, colour and designing a basic collection.You will be expected to work from your own drawings and / or photographs, and will be shown how to develop them into designs. You will need to bring in digital content to work from each week.

In the second part of the course you will be developing your designs and producing your first tests. You will be introduced to the different specialist products and how to work with them.

In the third part you will be working on developing your range, completing your prototypes of your main designs and then developing design coordinates - such as dots and stripes.

The course is structured, but you will be expected to be able to work independently on Photoshop to produce your designs ideas. If you have your own laptop you can work on, it would be helpful, as you may have to share access to computers.

By the end of the course you should have gained a good understanding of how to use a range of digital design and textile techniques to produce product prototypes. This includes:

Transferring digital images onto fabric and other surfaces using a range of techniques
Producing repeat patterns
Producing evidence of design research and design development
Developing textile and other product prototypes using different techniques
Knowing the products / manufacturers they need to use for each technique and where to source them

What will it be like

Teaching methods
Visual demonstration and verbal explanation.
Written / visual handouts with diagrams for technical processes.
One-to-one teaching.
Group discussions.

Learning methods:
Hands on practical experience.
Taking notes and making drawings/designs.
Research trip
Working from handouts.
One-to-one learning
Group discussion.

Assessment is by questions and answers during group discussions
One-to-one teaching.
Weekly / regular set learning outcomes to track progress
Practical work produced.

What else do you need to buy or do

Design sketch book and technical notebook
Digital camera and cable
Pen drive or other device to save work on.
Range of materials to work with
Basic sewing kit, including scissors, pins, needle and thread, and tape measure

Cost of optional specialist products - approx £25
Materials for final project, which depends on the student and their chosen project.

You will be expected to arrive to the classes with visual research in a digital form - This could be colours, textures, design and images you use for inspiration and digital images and drawing you use for content.
You will be expected to arrive at the class with prototype ideas - such as shapes forms or templates for you product idea.
You will be given homework to develop designs, visual research and digital images most weeks.
You will be encouraged to work at home or to use the open access computing facilities in B5, to practice and develop your computing skills.
You will be free to do any additional research and study on top of that.

What this course could lead to

Learn different textile techniques that complement the course - including felt making, sewing and
Attend other art related short courses at The Mary Ward Centre - including Textiles, Printmaking,
Sculpture, and Painting, Photography and Computer aided design etc.
Attend other art related longer term courses at The Mary Ward Centre - including Pre Foundation,
Access, Professional Practice course.
Attend other courses at different venues in the community
Progress into starting their own small business and making work to sell

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