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 ...

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 ...