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 ...

Tips and Tricks – The Upcoming DT Exams

Students it is not far until those Design Technology exams happen in May - and so here is a reminder of the examiners tips from the last examination session. Remember do what they say and you will gain more marks! Paper 2 For Paper 2 examiners suggested the following:- Check the glossary in the subject guide - as you should know the definitions. Seems simple but often forgotten - examiners can write "WTTE" meaning words to that effect - BUT they are ...

Happy New Year – Design Technology Teachers – Best of’s 2013

Happy New Year to all IB Design Technology teachers, Back to school will happen for most of us at the beginning of next week, and there is never such a good time to have an open lesson discussing Design to inspire students for the rest of their studies in 2014. Many of your students will have looked at the top 10 music charts for 2013 - so why not introduce them to a few of these in the areas of Design ...

Tips from IB Examiners – Those Dreaded Command Terms

Last years subject exam reports highlighted that the students lost lots of marks and so grades from answering long answer questions in Paper 2 and 3 poorly as can be seen from some of their comments below :- " but few gained more than 6 marks due to lack of structure 'explaining' three advantages rather than just describing them." "As usual with extended response questions relating to three distinct issues, candidates who planned their answer carefully and set out the issues gained ...