What Is: 3D Design and Spatial Design? no.1

Jason unpacks 3D and spatial design with the help of some of his Foundation students.

3D designers create objects that have a function. But for me, 3D design is as much about the process as the final outcome: being curious, questioning, finding problems, imagining a better way, experimenting, trying, failing, playing, collaborating, discovering, proposing and reflecting on what you’ve designed.

“When applied well 3D design can lead to a better world. Take a look around you – most of the things we use in our daily life have sprung from the mind of a designer.”

Here’s some examples to show the variety of final major projects completed by students studying the 3D and Spatial pathway on the Foundation Diploma at Camberwell College of Arts:



Credit: © Sofiane Zoubir. Sofiane is now studying BA (Hons) Jewellery Design.

Sofiane is passionate about gemstone cutting and exploring new geometries and techniques in jewellery design. He experimented with how light interplayed with cut stones, and how that effect could be enhanced by laser cutting and etching light transmitting plastic.

Spatial design/ lighting

Credit: © Franco Voltolini. Franco is now studying BA (Hons) 3D Design.

Franco’s project is a lighting solution inspired by the symbolism of bunkers. He explored how concrete bunkers looked (the aesthetics) and how they were produced. Research trips, interviews with experts and experiments with manufacturing techniques helped him come up with his design. Using gold leaf as a reflector gives Franco’s final design a warm centre within the raw brutalism of the concrete.


Credit: © Oliver Tanay Akdeniz. Oliver is now studying BA (Hons) Ceramic Design.

From the beginning of the foundation year, Oliver was set on a pathway of ceramics. He improved his knowledge and played with techniques to form shapes during his time on foundation, producing a wide range of material and forms.


Credit: © Lila Bernstein-Newman. Lila is now studying BA (hons) Product Design.

Lila explored the etiquette and everyday use of cutlery. She recorded a number of people eating, and compared this to the idea of a ‘correct’ way to eat. Her experiments investigated the concept of anti-etiquette cutlery, which played with grip and functionality.


Credit: © Hans Silas Jovine. Hans is now studying BA (Hons) Product Design.

Hans was interested in experimenting with a variety of materials, jointing systems and geometries. He proposed an open modular system (a kit of parts) that invites you as a user to create useful everyday objects.


Credit: ©Pimmada Pathumcharoenwattana. Pimmada is now studying BA (Hons) Footwear Design.

Pimmada conducted research around dance and movement, creating films that inspired the development of her final magnetic footwear proposal.

Looking for more inspiration? Explore Jason’s ‘What Is: 3d and spatial design?’ pinboard.

Find out more about the foundation course Jason teaches on:

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

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