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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Some new videos to use in your IB Design Technology classes

Hi all, Welcome back to a new school year and I hope your students are looking forward to another exciting year in Design Technology. To start off the year here are some useful videos I have recently come across that you can use as starters to certain units or topics. Don Norman: The three ways that good design makes you happy - Great video to get your students really thinking about their target market and clients in the design process and how ...

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 ...

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!

Classic Design – Another Slightly Taller Perspective…

The classic design section - Topic 6 often can initially make teachers think regarding certain types of classic design whether the ipod, the BIC ballpoint pen or an Eames chair? However it is important to look at the definition again - A classic design is not simply defined by how well it functions or its impact. Classic designs can be recognized as from their design movement/era. Yet, originality— whether it is evolutionary or revolutionary—seems to be the trait that makes a ...

Happy New Year – Let us Remember Design in 2014!

Happy New to all IB Design Technology teachers and I hope you had a great 2014 and are looking forward to the year ahead in your teaching of Design. It is a great time of year as students come back after the break to review the past year in terms of Design to get your students motivated, interested and hopefully inspired for their design projects ahead. So to help you here are a few resources that I will use to ...

Should Ethics Lead “Classic” and Great Design?

Hi DT students, Many of you will have heard me eulogise about one of my favourite architects - Zaha Hadid. She has produced some of the most incredible designs and architecture in the world over the last twenty years. She recently had her first design in the UK built in Hyde Park which I saw last weekend and it was amazing even though such a small building. She has recently won the Design Museum - Design of the Year for 2014 for ...