Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Kenji Ekuan - Kikkoman bottle inspires students

The task of developing sketching skills, and in particular ellipses in students, was made easier this year by an inspired choice of object by Phillip Slattery. The Kenji Ekuan classic design from 1961 celebrates fifty years this year, "STILL" in production. Students did not have to visit MOMA where it is in the permanent collection, they simply visited a local supermarket. Finding one is easy.....sketching it well demands attention to detail and builds an understanding of the complexity in a simple, elegant form. Sketching began in class and was supported by a tutorial using CAD software to section and slice the model to study and understand the geometry and details.

Design classic the Kikkoman Soy Sauce bottle - 1961.

Japanese industrial designer Kenji Ekuan

Sketch by RMIT industrial design student Soo Hyun Kim. Click to enlarge.

3D CAD model used to assist student understanding of geometry and develop capacity to see and construct the form.

Class demo render of 3D CAD image to demonstrate perspective and scale.

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