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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.
Micro House Design Project
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Micro House Design Project

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In this outstanding, creative scheme of work, students are given a brief to design and make a micro-house, the size of a shipping container to help solve the housing crisis in dense-urban areas. With practical, written and theory work closely related to the new 1-9 GCSE Design Technology Specification. The scheme is a full term (12 or 6 week) project though could be condensed or even further extended. The project teaches students CAD through the use of Sketchup and 2D Design. Components can be laser cut or all pieces can be cut by hand so the scheme is adaptable to allow for different teaching workshops. There is a Sketchup guide included. I used card when teaching but this could easily be superseded for a different material such as wood, MDF or foam board. This bundle includes engaging theory lessons linked to the Design Technology GCSE Specification and can be adapted to be taught at KS4 or KS5. Lessons include in order: ♦Introduction to housing crisis, factors and design solutions ♦Creating a mood/style board ♦Technical drawing- Orthographic ♦CAD- SketchUp ♦Optional CAD & CAM- 2D Design & Laser Cutting ♦Ergonomics & Anthropometrics Theory ♦Final making 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
Introduction to Architecture Leading Architects Project
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Introduction to Architecture Leading Architects Project

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Pupils’ love being creative with this project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (literacy) links, whilst requiring very little resources (only paper). Also Included is homework, with student/teacher examples. Students are introduced to architecture, the following architects together with principles of architectural design: ♦ Daniel Libeskind & Form (Signify) ♦ Frank Ghery & Form (Creative Strategies ) ♦ Zaha Hadid & Natural Forms ♦ Le Corbusier & De Stijl/Urban Planning – 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
Remote Contextual Challenge Student Workbook
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Remote Contextual Challenge Student Workbook

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This workbook is excellent for setting remote contextual design challenges and is great practice for NEA. Contextual challenges are important part of the Design Technology Specification. This workbook can act as a framework, guide and digital portfolio for students. Guiding and supporting students through the iterative design process of Defining, Empathising, Ideation and Prototyping. The workbook covers: Introduction to design thinking Writing a design brief Contextual research Product analysis (with additional resources to support) Work of others research Initial ideas Writing a design specification CAD iteration Final prototype I have used this workbook to set various remote contextual challenges via Google classroom/teams and the content of the book (process) remains the same each time. It has also helped students organise their work throughout the design process. Boxes are editable so that students can easily input their answers. I distribute on Google classroom by ‘make a copy for each student’. – ↠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
Introduction to Graphic Design L4 Typography Commercialisation
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Introduction to Graphic Design L4 Typography Commercialisation

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One of a series of Graphics Personification lessons, where students are introduced to graphic design and typography to create a piece of ‘positive advertising’. Also included is an instructional video to aid with delivery of content. 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. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in my personification graphics scheme. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students.
Introduction to Graphic Design Project L3 Typography Commercialisation
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Introduction to Graphic Design Project L3 Typography Commercialisation

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One of a series of Graphics Personification lessons, where students are introduced to graphic design and typography to create a piece of ‘positive advertising’. 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’. Also included is an instructional video to aid with delivery of content. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in my personification graphics scheme. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students.
Introduction to Graphic Design Project L1 Typography Commercialisation
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Introduction to Graphic Design Project L1 Typography Commercialisation

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One of a series of Graphics Personification lessons, where students are introduced to graphic design, typography and advertising. In this first lesson, students are introduced to graphic design, personification and anthropomorphism through various questioning activities and a Pixar video. Finally they are shown how both are used effectively in advertising (M & M’s and Kellogg’s) before creating their own Pixar research page, demonstrating an understanding of the key words learnt; in a visual way. Also included is an instructional video to aid with delivery of content. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in my personification graphics scheme. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students.
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
Sustainable Energy Theory
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Sustainable Energy Theory

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In this lesson, students are introduced to fossil fuels and their impact on the environment through global warming in line with GCSE assessment criteria for Design and Technology. The lesson consists of videos, class discussions, a writing task and finally a design task. Starter activity Preparatory theory task Class discussion/questioning and videos Design (consolidation) Task 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 the importance of sustainability and applied practical Science in Product Design.
Photoshop Workshop Double Exposure
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Photoshop Workshop Double Exposure

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One a series of lessons which introduces students to basic Photoshop skills through workshops. In this lesson, students create a double exposure from at least two images, which introduces them to the Quick Selection, Refine Selection, Clipping Mask and Layering tools. Powerpoint can be used for teacher led presentation as well as printed to be an individual guide for students. If you enjoyed this lesson please see my other Photoshop workshop lessons or other schemes of work.
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.
Architecture Daniel Libeskind Graded Outstanding
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Architecture Daniel Libeskind Graded Outstanding

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Pupils love being creative with the project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (literacy) links. Whilst requiring very little resources (only paper). Also Included is homework, with student/teacher examples. LS1 **Students are introduced to the architect Daniel Libeskind and how he uses form to convey a message or narrative. Lesson includes post card group work with a particular focus on the Imperial War Museum in Manchester. They then apply their understanding of Daniel Libeskind to design their own building out of a single, paper disk, for a particular brief. ** Students complete their building designs and justify their concepts with differentiated key words. Also included is an instructional video to aid with delivery of content. – 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
Urban Planning with Le Corbusier
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Urban Planning with Le Corbusier

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One of a series of KS3 Architecture lessons where students are introduced to some of the worlds leading architects; then design buildings following their styles and principals. Le Corbusier, De Stijl & Urban Planning - Graded Outstanding. Pupils’ love being creative with this project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (literacy) links, whilst requiring very little resources (only paper). Also Included is homework, with student/teacher examples. Also included is an instructional video to aid with delivery of content. LS1 Students are introduced to the De Stijl, Dutch art movement, through a starter activity and teacher presentation. Additionally, they are also introduced to the idea of urban planning (following a discussion of an image into over-population) and the architect Le Corbusier; with a particular focus on the Villa Savoye. They then apply their understanding of the movement and the architect, to design their own apartment (encompassing the rules of De Stijl). Each student’s apartment can then be put together to create a class De Stijl ‘sky-scraper’; as an applied practice of urban planning. LS2 Students complete a self assessment sheet as a mid-point self evaluation with a re-cap on prior learning from the pervious lesson. They then proceed to complete their building designs and add primary colours in-line with the rules of the De Stijl movement. – 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
Speculative Art or Design Project KS4 KS5
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Speculative Art or Design Project KS4 KS5

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In this conceptual project, students are given a brief and apply their learning through the design and presentation of an artifact. Students love the challenge of speculating on the future and forming their concepts around a narrative. There have been some fascinating outcomes as students relish the creative freedom. Speculative design is designing from a critical, political and/or ethical perspective in the form of an artifact from the near or distant future. There are several reasons why we might use speculative design: To question and critique. Raise awareness. Start conversations. Provoke, amuse or annoy. The word ‘artifact’ is deliberate as the outcomes does not need to be a physical product. The outcome can be in the form of any 2D, 3D or digital ‘artifact(s)’. For example it could be a guide, a map, packaging etc. Trying to make the future artifact as believable as possible through storytelling. Project structure: What is speculative design? Mind-map tasks Case study Imagining the world in 2067 in regards to society, housing, resources, economy, politics, technology, health and environment Critique Sessions Prototyping of artifact Final presentation The project can help students develop their rapid prototyping, storytelling, critiquing and presenting skills. It has been delivered to both college and university students.
STEM Centripetal Force Design and Make
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STEM Centripetal Force Design and Make

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. **Students are tasked with creating a centripetal mini ‘vortex’ using a waste plastic bottle, glitter and washing-up liquid. ** In this first lesson, students are introduced to sustainability, up-cycling and centripetal force as well as the work of James Dyson. Students familiarise themselves with the keywords; before applying their understanding in the practical task which can be done in a group or individually. The lesson has strong cross-curricular links, particularly with Science. ♦ Starter Activity ♦ Class discussion/individual tasks ♦ Practical (bottle demonstrating centripetal force) ♦ Consolidation task Lesson is planned as a double (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
STEM Structures with Geodesic Domes Design and Make
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STEM Structures with Geodesic Domes Design and Make

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Pupils love being creative with this hands-on project. **Students are tasked with designing a geodesic dome property then creating a geodesic structure out of jelly sweets and cocktail sticks. ** In this lesson, students are introduced to the benefits of geodesic domes and sustainable living/liberating architecture. Students familiarise themselves with the keywords; there is a design task (estate agent advert for their dome) before applying their understanding in the practical task, which can be done in a group or individually. The lesson has strong cross-curricular links, particularly with Science and Engineering. There is also peer assessment with clear success criteria included. ♦ Starter Activity ♦ Class discussion ♦ Design Task (estate agent) ♦ Practical Task ♦ Peer assessment Lesson is planned as a double (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
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).
Sketching Techniques Specification
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Sketching Techniques Specification

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Pupils’ love being creative with this project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Geography, Science) links, whilst requiring very little resources (only paper and product examples). Also Included are diffirenciated resources and student/teacher examples. In this second lesson, students will continue the iterative product design process. Students write their own specification; 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. Lesson consists of literacy starter> class discussions>prep task> main task. Lesson is a double but could be extended over several lessons. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in my 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 existing research/analysis, writing a specification, initial ideas, isometric drawing and CAD modelling.
Introduction to Graphic Design Project L5 Typography Commercialisation
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Introduction to Graphic Design Project L5 Typography Commercialisation

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One of a series of Graphics Personification lessons, where students are introduced to graphic design and typography to create pieces of advertising. Also included is an instructional video to aid with delivery of content. 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. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in my personification graphics scheme. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students.