Animating Still Life

I hope you remember reading a post of mine which was published on this site at the end of July this year titled Transforming the meaning of evidence and truth. If not, go have a look, and then watch this video, and read on below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?30=&v=-RetOjL1Fhw "What use is there for this technology, you may be asking? Well, with Facebook’s involvement, it is quite possible that users will be able to animate their profile picture and cause it to react to stimuli ...

Did you make an impact?

Recently I was working with IB Theatre students in London at an ISTA London TaPS event. We were working on the Collaborative Project and Solo Theatre Piece and playing around with the ideas of how to create theatre, but then also how to achieve our intended impact. The students drew on ideas from productions they had seen, and explained how, in plays they had seen, the director and designer had achieved moments of: TENSION EMOTION ATMOSPHERE and MEANING They not only spoke about how this impact was ...

The Director’s notebook – some ideas

In the last few weeks of the IB course at my school I thought it would be a good idea to work with the director's notebook for next year. So, this is what we did: Love and information image   Stage 1 - research I chose a play that could be divided into many sections so that 2 moments could be selected ('Love and Information' by Caryl Churchill). Read the entire play aloud as a class As a group researched the context of ...

Designs of the Year 2015 – Student Inspiration

Students over summer - if you are working on ideas and inspiration for your Major Project - do not just sit there in a vacuum - as all designers need some inspiration. So why not head over to the Designs of the year from 2015 - with categories ranging from Architecture to Fashion, Digital to Product design. I personally love these simple but creative but affordable stools - so time to Get you head thinking creatively!

Design and devising ideas

Very soon you will be working on your PPP or starting to try out ideas for a collaborative project. Both of these tasks require you to CREATE from a stimulus and have original ideas. The most challenging aspect of this task is to formulate the ideas for a story line, characters, space and set. This blog will focus on what you can draw on for your inspiration and from your life. The PPP and collaborative project require you to draw on ...

Kickstarter and IndieGo – Where do they fit into Design Technology?

The world of design has opened up so much these days - some may say it is democratised as unlike 20 years ago to get a design from idea to manufacture does not need the agreement of a large company or venture capitalist? Why not - well just check out the many crowd-funding options out there as of now including Kickstarter and Indie GoGo where you place an idea and then ask people to buy or invest in small chunks. Don't ...

Using Design Thinking in your teaching

Recently I have been trying some ways in class to enable students to think outside the box and come up with new approaches to their devising work and writing. There are 2 methods I have been using in class - Design Thinking and approaches to Verbatim Theatre. This blog will share what I did and how I adjusted and adapted to get the most out of the process and the students. Design Thinking Model - Source: Design Thinking for Educators In ...

How do you think for the PPP?

When students are preparing for their PPP the things they probably find challenging are thinking outside the box and coming up with something original. This blog will introduce you to a way of thinking and a process of creating a vision that will enable you to explore ideas in a methodical way. I will introduce you to Design Thinking. The model (taken from Design Thinking, Business Model, Creativity, Service, Design, posted by Geoffroi Garon) you can see below is a wheel where ...

Designs of The Year 2014 – Major Project Decision Time Inspiration?

Still unsure of your Major Project, last minute worries about what to do and how to establish that constructive discontent. Well you can do yourself no harm and a lot of good by finding some great designs to get you inspired. Where - well the Designs of the Year 2014 Awards have just be announced by the Design Museum. Some highlights maybe - A phone maybe from made from pluggable and detachable blocks to add or take away functionality - a ...

Tips from IB Examiners – An Overview and the Importance of the Subject Reports

If you did not know after each examining session the IB publishes a subject report looking at the specific subject area and feedback from examiners on each of the examined parts of the syllabus. This is available on the OCC hidden away under the Subject Reports tab. It is useful if you are new to the subject to check back a few years and the patterns that exist in terms of student performance. This May 2013 subject report showed some disappointing ...