Recent Posts by Alan Perkins

Finding your Design Concept can lead to the Best Design

Hi Students, Often you can be stuck for inspiration and a design concept: you may have the constructive discontent but then reach a point where you are simply not inspired. At this point trying to find a design concept to latch onto can be important. So, what is a design concept: well, simply an abstract idea or element on inspiration that you can follow quite narrowly to focus your design. An abstract concept maybe a shape for example the spiral or ...

Sustainable Projects and Ideas: Round Up

Below are a series of wonderful examples of the use of sustainable design in its many forms to get students juices flowing in terms of ideas to inspire them: 1) PET lamps weave textile traditions from plastic waste – RECYCLE I love when projects utilising recycling are very creative and artistic as it can really show what can be done (even if some would agree that the circular economy is more important than ad-hoc recycling iniatives). Pleats Please? Photo credit: Petit Pli 2) Origami Inspired ...

Biomimicry in Design Technology

Although Biomimicry is not set within the Design Technology IB syllabus...I always utilise it as a wonderful way to add inspiration to a specific project as part of a design brief. It hopefully gives students another element within their toolkit when they are starting the design process and can immeasurably to their design process and creativity. Here are three case studies with videos which really do show the breadth of inspiration that can happen utilising biomimicry: you could utilise these as ...

Sustainable Design and Corporate Strategy: Why Does It Go Wrong?

Sustainable Design is at the heart of the Design Technology IB Syllabus both in Standard Level Unit 2 and Higher Level Unit 8, but it is always worth ensuring that students really understand the complexity not only of creating excellent sustainable design but ensuring that it is successful in the marketplace in which it has to thrive if it is to change our habits and support our environment. The best way to study this is to utilise so examples of ...

Social Design for the Times: Refugee Shelters and Spaces…

Ever wondered about the IB Learner Profile? Yes students it does inform everything you study including Design Technology. When you are thinking about projects and / or becoming a designer. For a moment think about the IB Learner profile characteristic 'caring' and how this may affect you as a designer? At first this seems a pretty glib word, until we all think about the state our planet is in and how much the 'World of Design' can influence and change ...

Sustainability: Now Is Your Time Students!

Hi DP DT Students, After my last post on social based caring design, here is another unit which should be close to your heart! In fact if you look at your syllabus the core topic 2: Resource Management and Sustainable Production and the higher level topic 8: Sustainability show that this is probably one of the most important areas in the syllabus. The importance of this is that the IB believes that you as future designers must design for sustainability otherwise the ...

3D Printing and Modularity in Design

Some new year stories regarding one of my favourite topics 3D printing and modular design...for teachers and students of Design Technology IB Diploma. As always the continuing advance in 3D printing amazes me and how the applications and ideas continue to grow and affect how we design. Enjoy the latest articles and ideas! Homeless hexagonal pods https://www.dezeen.com/2017/11/21/homed-famlab-parasitic-hexagonal-pods-new-york-homeless-shelters/ 3D Printed Terracota tiles... Pave the Way? https://www.dezeen.com/2017/09/07/movie-university-hong-kong-3d-printed-bricks-terracotta-tower-pavilion-video/ 3D Printed furniture of ANY shape? https://boingboing.net/2017/01/11/remarkable-3d-printed-conceptu.html    

Furniture Design, Classic Design and the Key is Simplicity?

Classic Design Core Unit 6  is still one of my favourite new elements within the current syllabus. I am sure as syllabus review starts again that many things may change, but I do hope this core unit does stay as it opens up so many opportunities to inspire students. If we look at the six elements that may produce a classic design as teachers, we can find examples both old and new that are classics beyond that of the iPhone ...

My IB Open – OCC Now Closed – Time for Sharing Resources

My IB Communities Just a reminder that the OCC is now closed, so time for all Design Technologists to head over to MyIB to connect with official IB Diploma resources for the Design Technology programme alongside access to Communities. The DT Forum group Communities are the forum elements of the new MyIB centre—where you can either create a new forum based around a subject or area of IB education or join another. At the moment there is only one forum set ...