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Create, Experiment, Build, Question and Learn. I am a specialist Product and Graphic Design Teacher, specialising in the Iterative process of designing, prototyping and evaluating. With a particular focus on entrepreneurship and making, rooted in real-world contexts and challenges. My mission is to plan and deliver creative, fun and engaging lessons for KS3, 4 and 5, ages 11-18.

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Create, Experiment, Build, Question and Learn. I am a specialist Product and Graphic Design Teacher, specialising in the Iterative process of designing, prototyping and evaluating. With a particular focus on entrepreneurship and making, rooted in real-world contexts and challenges. My mission is to plan and deliver creative, fun and engaging lessons for KS3, 4 and 5, ages 11-18.
Graphic Logo Design Brand Yourself Project L1
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Graphic Logo Design Brand Yourself Project L1

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One of a series of Graphics ‘Logo Design’ lessons, where students are introduced to designing their own logo. In this first lesson, students are introduced to logo design, their importance/significance, colour psychology, and the design process as a whole. Student then begin to sketch out their initial ideas for their own logo. Lesson consists of ♦ starter ♦ class discussions ♦ colour psychology (sorting) task ♦ main task ♦ plenary. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons of my ‘Brand Yourself’ graphics scheme. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students. – If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Full KS3 Product Design Project Bundle
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Full KS3 Product Design Project Bundle

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Full KS3 Project Bundle which can cover the entire of KS3 Product Design, representing a significant saving over buying individually. In these outstanding, creative scheme of work, students are tasked with designing and making a product in line with a specific brief. With practical, written and theory work closely related to the new 1-9 GCSE Design Technology Specification and the NEA. Each project lasts a full term (12 or 6 week) project though could be condensed or even further extended. It covers the entire iterative (non-linear) design process as well as relatable theory. The SOW can be adapted to be taught at KS3 or KS4. Full KS3 Product Design Project Bundle consisting of: STEM (Science, Technology Engineering & Maths) Project Desk tidy Project Iterative Ergonomics Water Bottle Project Iterative Storage Unit Ikea Project Architecture Project Iterative contemporary furniture Project Biomimicry Espresso Cup Project Theory lessons covering: Ergonomics & Anthropometrics Packaging Evaluating Sustainability and energy stores Target Market Technology Push & Market Pull Plastics Woods Theory For more information about each lesson/project, please click on each relevant individual resource.
Packaging Design and Theory
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Packaging Design and Theory

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Students love being creative with this hands-on project and it is a great introduction into graphic design, branding and how to evaluate a product for KS3 with strong cross-curricular links. Homework tasks are also included. In this project students are set a brief; to create a desk tidy for WHSmith yet this could be ammended to suit a diferent brief. Branding Logos Packaging Packaging symbols Sketching techniques (2-point, isometric) Evaluating with CAFE QUE Project requires Card, vacuum formed acrylic (optional)
Ikea Flat Pack Furniture Project
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Ikea Flat Pack Furniture Project

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Students are tasked with creating a mini prototype piece of flat-pack furniture for furniture giant ‘Ikea’. I have used Cardboard and envelopes (to personify flat-pack packaging) with a craft knife and tape or glue gun but this project but it could be adapted for other materials such as HIPS or wood. Also Included are differentiated resources and student/teacher examples. In this first lesson, students are introduced to the benefits of flat pack furniture in logistics and manufacturing through class discussions and group tasks. They they create their own piece of furniture that can be disassembled and placed flat inside an envelope. There is also an extension task where they can draw ‘wordless’ instructions for another student to try to assemble there design. Introduction to SOW Class discussion/group tasks on flat pack furniture and Ikea Modelling Optional extension Activities should be spread over 2/3 lessons If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in this or other Product Design series/SOW (where the full iterative design process is covered). In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into what is product design and the creative process of a designer, from initial ideas, final isometric sketching, writing a specification and clay model making (prototyping).
Biomimicry Espresso Cup Design Project
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Biomimicry Espresso Cup Design Project

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**Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project where they ‘Design a series of contemporary interlocking (or complimenting) espresso cups based on biomimicry’. ** Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Science) links, whilst requiring very little resources; only paper and desired material (I have used Fimo clay but another material could be used instead, such as cardboard). Also Included are differentiated resources and student/teacher examples. L1 Students are introduced to biomimicry, ergonomics and the project brief. Students design; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. We then cover some basic sketching techniques before leading to them sketching their initial ideas, which they must then justify, through annotation (clear success criteria). L2 In this second lesson, students recap biomimicry, and learn about the ACCESS FM system in product design and it’s importance in the design process. Students design; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. We then cover some basic sketching techniques before leading to them sketching their final idea (isometrically), which they must then justify, through an ACCESS FM specification (clear success criteria). Lessons consists of ♦ starter ♦ class discussions ♦ main task ♦ peer assessment ♦ plenary ♦ Independent study (homework). Lesson is a double but could be extended over several lessons. – If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering L1 Students are introduced to biomimicry, ergonomics and the project brief; ‘Design a series of contemporary interlocking (or complimenting) espresso cups based on biomimicry’. Students design; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. We then cover some basic sketching techniques before leading to them sketching their initial ideas, which they must then justify, through annotation (clear success criteria). L2 In this second lesson, students recap biomimicry, and learn about the ACCESS FM system in product design and it’s importance in the design process. Students design; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. We then cover some basic sketching techniques before leading to them sketching their final idea (isometrically), which they must then justify, through an ACCESS FM specification (clear success criteria). Lessons consists of ♦ starter ♦ class discussions ♦ main task ♦ peer assessment ♦ plenary ♦ Independent study (homework). Lesson is a double but could be extended over several lessons. – If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
STEM Unit Scheme
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STEM Unit Scheme

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project.** In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into Science, technology, engineering and maths and how each interrelate with a series of applied practical tasks.** Students familiarise themselves with the keywords then there is a design and make task, applying their understanding of the theory learnt, which can be done in a group or individually. All lessons have strong cross-curricular links, particularly with Science. There is also peer assessment with clear success criteria included. ♦ Starter Activity ♦ Class discussion/individual tasks ♦ Practicals Lessons are planned as doubles (90/120 minutes). If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
COVID Remote Graphic Design Lesson Pack
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COVID Remote Graphic Design Lesson Pack

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This is a collection of KS3 graphic design lessons that do not require the use of specialist equipment or computers. Allowing the work to be set remotely or to be taught in non-specialist classrooms. A series of Graphic design lessons, where students are introduced to graphic design, typography and advertising. Projects include: Brand Yourself Students design their own logo to brand themselves. Typography Students learn about personification in advertising and design their own typography and then posters in the style of the illustrator; Paul Thurlby. Typography Project: 1 Students are introduced to graphic design, personification and anthropomorphism through various questioning activities and a Pixar based exercise. Students learn how brands use personifciation effectively in advertising (M & M’s and Kellogg’s) before creating their own Pixa research page, demonstrating an understanding of the key words learnt; in a visual way. 2 In this second lesson, students are introduced to graphic design and typography through various questioning activities and videos. They are introduced to the illustrator (Paul Thurlby) and shown how he personifies type for commercial gain; through products and advertising. This then leads to students creating their own artist research page, demonstrating an understanding of the key words learnt; in a visual way. 3 In this third lesson, students are tasked with personifying a letter, so that collectively the class can create a personified typeface. This typeface will then be used in later lessons to form the text for a piece of ‘positive advertising’. 4 In this fourth lesson, students are tasked with personifying type to form the text for a piece of ‘positive advertising’. This is in response to an industry style, client brief by the NHS for their ‘Change 4 Life’ campaign. This lesson could be extended over several lessons. 5 In this fifth lesson, students are tasked with designing a promotional piggy bank. This is in response to an industry style, client brief by Halifax encouraging people save with them. This lesson could be extended over several lessons. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students. Logo Design Project: 1 Students are introduced to logo design, their importance/significance, colour psychology, and the design process as a whole. Student then begin to sketch out their initial ideas for their own logo. Lesson consists of starter> class discussions> colour psychology (sorting) task> main task> plenary. 2 Students peer feedback on each others initial ideas and then continue to develop the design for their own logo. Lesson consists of starter> class discussions> peer feedback> main task> plenary. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons of my ‘Brand Yourself’ graphics scheme. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students.
Biomimicry Espresso Cup Project  L2
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Biomimicry Espresso Cup Project L2

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Science) links, whilst requiring very little resources; only paper and desired material (I have used Fimo clay but another material could be used instead, such as cardboard). Also Included are diffirenciated resources and student/teacher examples. In this second lesson, students recap biomimicry, and learn about the ACCESS FM system in product design and it’s importance in the design process. Students design; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. We then cover some basic sketching techniques before leading to them sketching their final idea (isometrically), which they must then justify, through an ACCESS FM specification (clear success criteria). Lesson consists of starter> class discussions> main task> peer assessment> plenary. Lesson is a double but could be extended over several lessons. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in this or other Product Design series/SOW (where the full iterative design process is covered). In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into what is product design and the creative process of a designer, from initial ideas, final isometric sketching, writing a specification and clay model making (prototyping).
Users and Target Market Design Theory
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Users and Target Market Design Theory

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In this lesson, students explore the various needs, wants, interests etc of a target market and how designs can use this information to influence their design decisions, then are given a specific target market to explore through a creative exercise. They then consolidate this information to present their findings to the rest of the class. This lesson can be used for KS3, 4 or 5 in a variety of lessons around the ideas of user-centred design and entrepreneurship. The only materials required are large sheets of paper and marker pens. Also included are 2 students examples.
Technological Push Market Pull Design Technology Theory
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Technological Push Market Pull Design Technology Theory

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This product design (design and technology) lesson introduces students to market pull and technology push as well as planned obsolescence, in line with assessment criteria for design technology specification criteria. Lesson consists of a starter, class discussion, relatable examples, videos (contextulisation), main activity and a homework design activity (consolidation activity). If you enjoyed this lesson, please see other product design theory lessons in my shop, that are all linked to Design Technology theory exam assessment criteria.
Internet of Things Smart Product Design
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Internet of Things Smart Product Design

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In this lesson, students are introduced to the ‘internet of things’ through class discussions and examples. They are then tasked with re-designing a given object both aesthetically and innovatively to form an ‘internet of things’ connected product for the 21st Century market. Work sheet includes success criteria, writing aid and peer assessment as well as annotation prompts. Student examples are also included. Introduction to ‘internet of things’, connected (smart) devices and the commodification of data. Design Task (work sheet included) Presentation Task (Dragons Den style) Peer Assessment – If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Design Technology Theory Bundle
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Design Technology Theory Bundle

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This bundle includes engaging theory lessons linked to the Design Technology GCSE Specification: ♦ Ergonomics & Anthropometrics ♦ Packaging Theory ♦ Product Analysis with ACCESS FM ♦ Product Evaluation ♦ Scales of Production ♦ Sustainability and energy stores ♦ Users and Target Markets ♦ Technology Push & Market Pull ♦ Plastics Theory ♦ Woods Theory ♦ Internet of Things These theory lessons do not require the use of specialist equipment or computers. Allowing the work to be set remotely or to be taught in non-specialist classrooms. If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Graphic Logo Design Brand Yourself Project L2
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Graphic Logo Design Brand Yourself Project L2

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One of a series of Graphics ‘Logo Design’ lessons, where students are introduced to designing their own logo. In this second lesson, students peer feedback on each others initial ideas and then continue to develop the design for their own logo. Lesson consists of: ♦ starter ♦ class discussions ♦ colour psychology (sorting) task ♦ main task ♦ plenary. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons of my ‘Brand Yourself’ graphics scheme. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students. – If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Supply Chain and Product Life Cycle Theory
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Supply Chain and Product Life Cycle Theory

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Where does my stuff really come from? In this lesson, students gain an understanding into global supply chains and the life cycle of products, to work out the impact of products on people and the environment. The lesson includes real world examples that students can relate to, such as the iphone and trainers by Adidas. The lesson culminates in a task where students research and complete a life cycle analysis of a given product and material, for example cotton, as part of a pair of levi’s. There is a second task where students make improvements to the design and processing of their product to reduce its impact on the environment. Included are modelling examples, videos and student worksheets. If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. – ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Idea Generation Sustainability and Target Market
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Idea Generation Sustainability and Target Market

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Pupils’ love getting creative with this hands-on project. Students are tasked with up-cycling a waste Coca-cola bottle to create a new product for a particular target market. In this lesson, students are introduced to the benefits of up-cycling in relation to impact on the environment/sustainability. They then draw their own semantic mind-map to come up with product ideas of their own (creative strategy) for a certain target market. They then apply one or more of their ideas as an initial sketch. Resources have clear success criteria and peer assessment. Lesson plan is also included for further clarity. Introduction (learning question) ♦ Class discussion ♦ Semantic mind-map task ♦ Sketching.annotation Task ♦ Peer assessment ♦ Plenary/review ♦ Optional extension tasks (rapid-prototyping, dragons den style critique) Activities should be spread over 90/120 minutes. If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
KS4 Product Design Teacher Modelling Examples
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KS4 Product Design Teacher Modelling Examples

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KS4 Product Design Teacher Modelling Examples; taking you through from initial ideas through to final conception of an innovative 'USB Stick' product. Including; Problem Analysis Product Analysis Existing Product Research Market Research Demographic Research Client Profile Anthropometrics Research Research Review Specification Initial Ideas Initial Ideas II Final Design CAD Modelling Marketing Great for exemplar modelling examples or homework examples for 3D Design, Product Design or Design Technology at KS3 or KS4. Can be incorporated into lesson plans, used for moderation or used as additional resources. Please note this has been created by myself for use as an exemplar student reference. It is not a copy of student work.
Product Analysis ACCESS FM with Dragons Den
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Product Analysis ACCESS FM with Dragons Den

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In this creative, though theoretical lesson, students are introduced to/or consolidate their knowledge of Access FM. Students are given a series of Ikea lamps (though this could be easily changed to other products), which they must analyse using the ACCESS FM criteria. Students then consolidate their analysis into a short presentation through group-work, in a ‘dragons den style’ format. Introduction to ACCESS FM Preparatory Task Consolidation Task Presentation Peer assessment (vote) If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in this or other Product Design series/SOW (where the full iterative design process is covered). In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into what is product design and the creative process of a designer, from initial ideas, final isometric sketching, writing a specification and model making (prototyping).
COVID Remote Design Technology Lesson Pack
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COVID Remote Design Technology Lesson Pack

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This is a collection of Design Technology design and theory lessons that do not require the use of specialist equipment or computers. Allowing the work to be set remotely or to be taught in non-specialist classrooms.