Inspired by Design 3 – Three Designs to Change the World – Did they Succeed?

Well your academic year is well underway - and if you are in your second year your Major Project should be in full flow. If you are in your first year of studying for your Design Technology IB course - it may seem distant but you may already be worrying about what you will do for your Major Project and how you will succeed. Often a question students ask is how do you find and start thinking about what to do? ...

Inspired by Design 3 – The Slingshot and Other Ideas to Help the Third World – Teachers Ideas

Well the academic year is well underway - and DP2 Major Projects should be in full flow. BUT are your students  stuck for some innovative ideas - have you not managed to get your students to find 'constructive discontent' regarding a specific design project. I always find that it is important to not only inspire students but make them understand that the process they are going through is simply NOT EASY for anyone, and that even the best may fail. ...

Inspire by Design 2 – 3D Printing Continues to Develop – Teacher Ideas

Please forgive me but my continuing fascination and passion for 3D printing continues to grow as the technology expands and continues to push the boundaries of innovation and design. I always think that this can be a great inspiration to students - as it really starts to enable everyone including students to be able to produce their own highly complex prototypes. It is the perfect example of technology push - where a specific technology leads to great innovation. If you ...

Inspired by Design 1 – Herman Miller Teacher Ideas

Well to start off the teacher series of Inspired by Design please read the student article that accompanies this post - and please watch the excellent video as well. The video is a great starter to use with your students - at the beginning of the class to get some discussion around design and furniture design in particular. You could as I suggested to the students focus on the design of one of the classic chairs they have been responsible ...

Inspired by Design 1 – Herman Miller

Well to start off the series of "Inspired by Design" focused posts - watch the video below which highlights the long and varied history of Herman Miller a design company that was started would you believe in 1905 - that is 108 years ago! Have you heard of them before - probably not - but do you recognise any of the furniture that they have been involved in supporting the design and manufacture. Do you recognise any famous designers they ...

They’re gonna put me in the movies

I was interviewed in the art room yesterday and filmed - believe it or not - by a genuine film crew – camera man, sound guy, lights man, interviewer, gaffer (hi Carlo!) etc. The interview was related to a film being made about our school, to be shown at recruitment fairs. It was unrehearsed and unscripted – nothing like the spontaneous  question and answer session! - and one of the questions was about the arts, and creativity in general in school and ...

Design for the Environment

Design For The Environment   There are numerous strategies that may be employed by designers, manufacturers, organizations and governments to deal with the issue of sustainable development.   Clean Technology focuses on improving the environmental impact of a specific technology. This may entail an end-of-pipe approach to reduce the amount of waste and pollution from a manufacturing system such as chemicals discharged from a textiles dyeing process into a river system, or it could be a more sophisticated approach such as that involved with ...