3 Magical Designs – that demonstrate WHY you want to be a designer after the IB DP!

Hi all, Sometimes as students it is easy to get wrapped up in the mundanity of completing the IB Diploma, and attempting to gain the highest score possible in your Design Technology course. I have to get a 7, I must get a 7 and so on... However of all courses that you have chosen as an option I believe the Design Technology course, very much has higher aspirations as we want to inspire you to go on past the IBDP into ...

Video Resources – Are we defined by the objects we create?

Simply some great video resources linked below that can be used to inspire students and teachers either by viewing clips in the classroom, or alternatively doing as flipped classroom tasks and questions outside of the classroom : - A great video looking at why designers are so inspired to create and innovative with new products - with some great quotes regarding why they do what they do - "To Ive, it's an illness." "To others, it's desire." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09OeQayBGCY A fabulous Youtube channel for ...

Two stories of innovation – the Bread Clip and the Fidget Spinner

Often stories re innovation only focus on those that have succeeded and even if we have heard the Dyson story a thousand times I believe it is useful to flag with students some of the reasons that the lone innovator/inventor does not succeed. Often this is simply due to bad luck, lack of resources or simply that they give up! A recent story is that of the ubiquitous fidget spinner that has invaded classrooms this year. The inventor Catherine Hettinger tried ...

Major Project Blues – How About Some Furniture Design?

Hi students, are you struggling with thinking of some ideas for your Major Project. Well - if you have read my posts before as a Design Technology teacher I am a fan of Product Design and Furniture design. So see below for some great links and inspiring ideas that could get your creative design juices flowing :- Could you design a better laser cut - Foldable table that could be carried easily around and yet be structurally stable for two ...

Instagram – Time to Follow Some Great Designers for Inspiration.

Social media is not just great for following your friends, your favourite media stars or simply your favourite cat videos? It can also be great for following designers - and yes as Design Technology IB students following some interesting and innovative designers should be of interest to you. So for a great start to 20 innovative and interesting product designers sharing their thoughts and ideas on Instagram go to this post and follow as many of them as you like! ...

Welcome back Design Technology students – Ideas for your Major Project can be very simple…

Hi students, Welcome back and I hope you are looking forward to your year ahead in Design Technology. For DP2 students although daunting this should be a very exciting time as you consider what you will do for your Major Project. Remember as you are thinking through what you would like to do for your Major Project - look around the house and see if you can find anything that annoys, that does not work quite as well as it should - ...

Inspiration During Summer – DT IB Students Some Great Projects to Inspire.

Hi students, Yes one of my regular inspiration blog posts - check out some of the designs below all of which could easily have been project ideas for DT students - A revolutionary radio - I always like socially and environmentally focused projects and here is another great one. As it suggests on the description of this product - "The radio’s cardboard construction allows it to be folded so it can be stored (as well as distributed) easily. The solar panel ...

3D Printing – DT IB Diploma and Continued Technology Push

Hi Students, Summer is coming - and for DP1 first year DT students this is usually a time to start bringing together ideas for their Major Project noting that these days a major part of this project is the Commercial Production unit and an understanding of how to mass produce your project idea. So here to get your pulses racing is some of the latest developments in 3D printing which are not only supporting designers but in many ways changing the ...

3D Printing Spotlight – and Manufacturing Focus

Hi all, Another 3D manufacturing spotlight - as this industry and design area moves so fast it is always important for students  to keep up to date - especially considering the commerical production parts of your syllabus now. 3D Printed Bike - Imagine How this Manufacturing Technique will change other Product Designs? Source: Dezeen Great article about how the use of CAD, 3D Printing and other technologies are helping preserve ancient statues and designs that are being destroyed by militants around ...

Simplicity of an Idea is Often the Key to your Major Project – the Shopping Bag Handle Anyone?

Hi all, For those of you coming to the end of your DP1 year over the next few months you may well be starting to think about what you will do for your Major Project. And if there is one piece of advice that I can give you as an experienced Design Technology teacher - is KEEP IT SIMPLE. The best ideas are always simple - and come from a thorough understanding of an issue and good old 'constructive discontent.' So I ...