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 ...

Exemplar Projects Published Reminder on the OCC

HLProject - Criteria E I am sure you have all used the IB's new exemplar projects for Design Technology by now - but if not this is simply a reminder that they now have 4 Standard Level projects and 6 Higher Level projects to review, download in PDF etc. These are pretty useful, for looking at assessment and as guides/exemplars for students not knowing what to aim for. They are also particularly useful for the final two criteria which are still ...

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 ...

Revision Resources – Quizlet Yourself to a 7

Hi all, Summer has come and DP1 Design Technology students you may be in a situation where you end of year DT examinations did not go quite as well as expected. So what to do - noting that there is less than half a year of study left until those final exams and the first term next year is going to be busy! So why not use some of your downtime over summer to practice. You probably have all used Quizlet, but ...

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 ...

Constructive Discontent, Dyson and G-Shock Watches

Another year is almost over and it would be remiss of me not to post a final Dyson focused article of the year as yet again he can be an excellent inspiration to all IB DT Diploma students. However to begin with I came across another inspiring designer who like Dyson had for many years produced 100's of prototypes before he came across a design that given time would become a design classic:- "I threw more than 200 prototypes out of ...

Socially Aware and Environmental Design Spotlight

When the new year of teaching starts - I always find it is good to do a design spotlight with students to get their brains thinking about the world of design again after a great winter break. Normally I pick one of my favourite areas of design either socially aware or environmental design ideas - often loosely based around the syllabus but hopefully gets them thinking about what design can lead to - and the infinite possibilities it presents. Here ...