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 ...

Socially Aware Design for a Purpose – Project Inspiration

Hi all, Struggling to be inspired or inspire - well here are some wonderful socially and ethically inspired recent design prodiucts which should get you thinking of some great ideas for upcoming projects to do in the IB Diploma. Remember projects especially the major project should come from the analysis of a situation and issues that are being faced - and I think these examples demonstrate this admirably! Students from the Royal College of Arts design a wearable dwelling for Syrian refugees ...

Good Luck in Your Upcoming DP Design Technology Examinations – Tips and Tricks

Hi DP2 Students, This post is to wish you good luck in your upcoming DP Design Technology examinations, but as importantly to set yourself up for success with some simple tips and tricks for revision and review. Follow these steps and success will surely follow :- 1) Past Paper Practice There is no substitute for past paper practice - so make sure you get as many papers as possible from your teacher even if from the old syllabus. Make sure to practice them ...

Design for Learning and Play – A Great Design Based Project

Hi all, Further inspiration for choosing a Major Project - yes I know I have posted before about this but it is really important to ensure that the problem you solve is a good one. I compare it to the Extended Essay - without a good question in the Extended Essay you do not write a good essay and get high marks. The same is true with your major project! One good area to look into showing some 'constructive discontent' is in ...