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 ...

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 ...

Instagram – Time to Follow Some Great Designers for Inspiration.

Social media is not just great for following your friends, your favourite media stars or simply your favourite cat videos? It can also be great for following designers - and yes as Design Technology IB students following some interesting and innovative designers should be of interest to you. So for a great start to 20 innovative and interesting product designers sharing their thoughts and ideas on Instagram go to this post and follow as many of them as you like! ...

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 ...

Further Major Project Design Inspiration – Dyson Award Robotic Arm and Make Your Own Shoes

The wonders of design and technology - is that innovation can be led to technical changes and development or the absolutely opposite a simple idea and discontent with a product in a sustainable and ethical world. What am I talking about - well let us look at two designs for further inspiration for your upcoming projects in Design and Technology :- The Titan Arm - which last year won the Dyson Award is an excellent example showing how continued technical ...

Designs of The Year 2014 – Major Project Decision Time Inspiration?

Still unsure of your Major Project, last minute worries about what to do and how to establish that constructive discontent. Well you can do yourself no harm and a lot of good by finding some great designs to get you inspired. Where - well the Designs of the Year 2014 Awards have just be announced by the Design Museum. Some highlights maybe - A phone maybe from made from pluggable and detachable blocks to add or take away functionality - a ...

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

Happy New Year to all IB Design Technology Students, Are you looking forward to getting back to school at the beginning of next week, NO - why not I ask? If not it is time to get yourself inspired especially for the upcoming year of your studies in Design and Technology. BUT HOW you ask? Well have a look at the links below at what some of the most important blogs and design websites have listed as the most innovative or best ...