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 ...

Sustainable Design – Plastics, the Oceans and a Unit/Projects we must ALL continuously do?

As teachers of Design Technology I feel it is incumbent upon up to ensure that the basics of what a good designer must focus on are imprinted on our students minds. I have always been a strong advocate of the IB ensuring that the Design Technology course focuses on sustainable design and as each year passes this focus should and must be strengthened not in simply the teaching of one unit, but in all that we teach in our Design ...

Kickstarter Binge – “Great Designers Steal”?

Hi all, Just a quick reminder that to be a great designer (or even a good DT IB designer) you need to be continually watching what other designers and creators are doing to gain inspiration. Watch this great video from Jeff Veen, which discusses that famous quote from Picasso who may have stolen the quote from another famous artist - Good artists copy, great artists steal? So here are some Kickstarter links to get you thinking of simple ingenious ideas that may inspire ...

Desirable accessory, technology solution or fad?

Wearable technology, wearable devices and fashionable technology are clothing and accessories that incorporate computer and electronic technologies. Smart clothes can be both practical and aesthetic, making technology a part of daily life. By embedding garments with electronics and sensors, they can exchange data with people and other connected devices, without human intervention. Wearable devices are, therefore, a good example of the Internet of Things, since they are part of the network of physical objects or "things". According to GlobalWebIndex, 71% of ...

Inspiring DT Articles to get you thinking…the Simplest Design Ideas are often the best!

Hi DT Students, I hope all is going well for you in the new Academic Year. As always hear is one of those 'inspiration' posts which I hope enables you to get beyond some of the more mundane study of content and units in the DT syllabus. Remember Design Technology is one of the most exciting subjects and involves creativity and innovation - and guess what the only way to be creative and innovative is to get inspired by some amazing ...

Students – Don’t Waste those Summer Months. Get Inspired by other Students…

Hi, Design Technology students - are you enjoying your long long summer before you start your final year of the IB and final year of Design Technology? Well remember there is the Major Project that you have maybe started or our brainstorming ideas for - so do not waste your summer months simply continue to check out for inspiration on the web. Below I have chosen some links that I think will amuse, inspire and hopefully get you enthused for ...

Design Inspiration over the Summer Months…

Those summer holiday months are dwindling away - and it is a great time to collect and archive some great insiprational links and design news ready for teaching in the new academic year. It is always great to keep these as lesson starters, discussion points that can link to any part of the syllabus and if nothing else as a great way to inspire students ready for their own design projects. Below are some of my favourites over the last ...

Student Design Spotlight – Keep it Simple – Fishy Designs

Hi students, Sometimes it takes such a simple design as the one I am about to introduce you to - to make you remember that often the simplest of ideas cannot only be the most inspirational but also the most functional and the product with the most impact throughout the world. Constructive discontent can often lead to what may seem the most complex of problems - 'How to solve the continual problem of lack of iron in third world country diets, ...