School Design and Technology Competitions – A Great Way to Get Students Motivated

Don't forget teachers one of the best ways to get students motivated and on board is to utilise design and technology competitions from around the world - either as the start of a project brief (you do not need to enter), actually enter as part of a brief usually in teams to really give students a challenge. Below are a few that are around at the moment - and the classic Design Museum competition is about to open shortly: - ...

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 ...

Innovation at the heart of the Seoul

Not surprisingly, South Korea the home for technology giants, such as Samsung and LG. is experiencing a revolution in city living. Home to around 10 million people, Seoul is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world and has gained a reputation for innovative thinking. The future of most western societies is currently being experienced in Seoul today. Seoul is the world’s most connected city. With over 10,000 free Wi-Fi hot spots. Seoul also has the world’s fastest average ...

Technology Often Leads Design – Conductive 3D Printing

Need to update....   Don't you just love when a new technology leads and moves design forward in leaps and bounds. Well a recent group of students through Kickstarter have invented a printing head for an open source printer that enables 3D objects to be printed that are fully functional electrically with electrical circuitry enclosed! "A group of Stanford University graduate students have created an 3D printer attachment that lays down functioning circuitry right alongside the thermoplastic extruder head of an existing machine, ...

Case studies and concepts: Lenovo

Growth is a topic that can be used as the focus for all 6 business management concepts: Change Culture Ethics Globalisation Innovation Strategy As a result, it will be useful for students to select a case study that relates to growth, as this can satisfy many questions set on Paper 2, section C. Given the broad nature of possible questions, it will be beneficial for students to research large multinational concerns to illustrate, and support, an answer to a concept based ...

Dyson Invented the “Google Glass” – Or Did He?

Hi DT Students, Another year is about to start and for DP2 you are over 2/3 of the way through your course, and for DP1 just starting the exciting journey. I thought I would start the year with an interesting story - about one of my favourite designers - James Dyson. Yes you have heard many stories and articles about him before but often it is always about his successes. Well as every designer knows for every success there are often many ...

What Can We All Learn from Successful Designers? A Teachers Resource.

Hi all, Just a quick post to say I have posted on the DT student blog - links to Yanko Designs' series of interviews with famous designers that give advice about innovation and design in the real world. What is great about these designers are they are famous in the design world but less so outside of this so some of your students may not have heard of them. But when they read about them and what they have designed and ...

What Can We All Learn from Successful Designers?

It is obvious that as part of your Design and Technology course you will be looking and taking inspiration from past designers. However often you can be daunted by the abilities of Hadid or Dyson and believe that from your Design and technology studies you may and could be the next famous engineer or designer. Well over at Yanko design they have recently been interviewing famous and some less famous (outside of design circles) about what makes them tick and ...

It is the Little Things – That Make the Difference!

Just a small post to brighten up those summer months - as there is some great design and technology happening out there. One of the most important things I believe to get across to students when you are teaching them in Design and Technology is that there is no need to go to complexity. Yes that Mies van de Rohe quotation of "less is more" still stands out today. Below are some quick links to recent simple but innovative designs ...