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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.
Product Design Technology Visual Starter
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Product Design Technology Visual Starter

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A visual starter for Product Design where students demonstrate their understanding of key words and/or it can be used to gauge prior understanding in the subject. Students can effectively differentiate and choose their own task or extension. Included is the original .ai file so that the resource can be adapted for different products/materials/key words etc. If you enjoyed this free resource, please kindly leave a review/rating.
Content, Form, Process, Mood Artist Lesson
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Content, Form, Process, Mood Artist Lesson

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A simple introduction to Content Form Process Mood terminology in Art & Design. This could be adapted and is a great way to introduce almost any artist(s) the students may be studying in any given scheme as it can be altered easily whilst maintaining the same structure. Lesson consists of group work; a ‘warm-up’ task and then application as a 30 second presentation to their peers. Also included is a CFPM game that could be used as an extension activity. If you found this useful, please review. FREE
Ocean Plastic Lighting Project
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Ocean Plastic Lighting Project

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Assess the general quality of my resources with this free scheme of work! This outstanding, creative scheme of work covers the full iterative design process where students designs a piece of contemporary lighting for Ikea, using recycled ocean plastics. This scheme offers an excellent introduction into the design process, the value of design and designing for sustainability through project based learning. The project covers the entire iterative (non-linear) design process as well as relatable theory to offer a unique learning opportunity that applies to real-life situations. This also includes differentiated activities, problem solving and extension activities. Lessons cover: ♦ Introduction to design - What is design? How do we measure good design? ♦ Movement - How can something still appear to move? ♦ Sketching techniques - Are sketching and drawing the same thing? ♦ Product Analysis - How can you really understand a product? ♦ Plastic Theory - Is plastic fantastic? ♦ Ideation with SCAMPER - How do designers come up with ideas in the first place? ♦ Design Briefs - Who and what am I designing for? ♦ Isometric Drawing - How do I make something appear 3D? ♦ Perspective Drawing ♦ Card Prototyping - What is iterative design? ♦ Product Evaluation - Why evaluate? A brand new full scheme of work for free, for you to try. I hope your students enjoy it! If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work please leave a review and visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. – ↠ Projects work in Powerpoint or Google slides. 168 slides. 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 Design NEA Student Guide
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Product Design NEA Student Guide

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NEA Assessment Objective Bible AO Product Design Technology Invaluable, measurable assessment Objective advice/guidance for students, which can also be used as explicit success criteria for portfolios. Students can reflect on their own work and highlight areas that they need to address. All I ask, is that you please review this free resource in return. Thank you.
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).
Biomimicry Espresso Cup Project  L1
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Biomimicry Espresso Cup Project L1

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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 first lesson, 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). Lesson 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 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).
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 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
Frank Gehry & Form L2 Model Making
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Frank Gehry & Form L2 Model Making

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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, card and tape). Also Included is differentiated resources, and student/teacher examples. Students are introduced to the architect Frank Gehry. They will identify and demonstrate the key word ‘Form’ through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. Leading to drawing and modelling exercises. Culminating in a design brief led task; where they are tasked with designing their own gallery or museum, taking inspiration from Gehry’s creative process to form. Students then create a model from scrap cardboard, leading from their creative form drawings from the last Frank Gehry lesson. Lessons consists of: ♦ Starter ♦ Class discussions ♦ Prep task ♦ Main task. Lesson could be extended over several lessons; particularly with the latter task. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in my KS3 Architecture series (each lesson for each individual architect). In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into what is architecture and identify the individual architectural styles and creative processes of varying architects (Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind), applying their understanding through 2D and 3D model-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
Product Analysis Problem Analysis Full Iterative Design Process L1
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Product Analysis Problem Analysis Full Iterative Design Process L1

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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 first lesson, students will be introduced to the iterative product design process. They will be briefly introduced to ‘what makes a good design?’ through Jonny Ive and Dieter Rams’ 10 principles of good design. This leads to a group ‘ranking task’ where they must rank and discuss varying design examples of a hair dryer product. They will conduct a piece of product analysis using the ACCESS FM system; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. Leading to a piece of problem analysis to help find a justified improvement or gap in the market place for their own product. Lesson consists of ranking activity> class discussions>prep task> main task(s). Lesson 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.
SketchUp CAD Modelling
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SketchUp CAD Modelling

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Pupils’ love being creative with this project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Geography, Science) links. Also Included are diffirenciated resources and teacher examples. In this fourth lesson in the scheme, students will continue the iterative, product design process. Students are tasked with realising their final drawing as a CAD model, using SketchUp software. Included is a 6, page step-by-step guide for students to follow (self-directed learning). Lesson consists of a starter> class discussions> main task (with guide) and plenary/review. Lesson should ideally be extended over several lessons. Also included is an additional starter that could be used in the next, subsequent lesson. 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.
Final and Isometric Drawing
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Final and Isometric Drawing

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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 teacher examples. In this third lesson, students will continue the iterative product design process. Students complete sketching their initial ideas after a warm-up drawing exercise. This then leads to an introduction to isometric drawing techniques through various individual drawing exercises. They then render their own chosen design as a final drawing in an isometric projection. 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.
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
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.
Wood Theory Resistant Materials
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Wood Theory Resistant Materials

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This lesson is an excellent, accessible introduction into wood theory or KS3, 4 or 5. It is essential that design technology and/or product design students know this as part of their theory, ready for assessments. The lesson covers hardwoods, softwoods and manufactured boards, wood examples and their respective properties and manufacturing (felled, formed and finished) through various activities. Included is also a video on plywood production, worksheets and home learning tasks.
Scales of Production and Automation Theory
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Scales of Production and Automation Theory

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**Will robots take my job? In this lesson, students gain an understanding of scales of production and how different products are made. The lesson also focuses on computer-aided manufacturing and how automation will significantly change the world of production from 3D printed cupcakes to entire buildings!** The lesson includes real-world examples that students can relate to, such as Coca-cola, Dyson, and Colgate. The lesson culminates in a task where students consolidate and apply the key theory that they have learnt with an included worksheet. Included are modeling examples, videos, and student worksheets. If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there is 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 Compression and Tension with Spaghetti Bridges
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STEM Compression and Tension with Spaghetti Bridges

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Students are tasked with creating bridge structure out of dry spaghetti with tape and rubber bands. In this first lesson, students are introduced compression and tension as well as the work of Brunel and in particular the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Students familiarise themselves with the keywords; structure, compression and tension before applying their understanding in the practical task which can be done in group or individually. The lesson has strong cross-curricular links, particularly with Science. ♦ Starter Activity ♦ Class discussion/individual tasks ♦ Practical (bridge building) 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
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.
What is Graphic Design?
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What is Graphic Design?

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In this lesson students are introduced to graphic design, it’s forms (such as logos, posters, information design) and it’s importance in every day life. Also included is an instructional video to aid with class or remote teaching. The lesson also touches upon the fundamentals of graphic design: Line, Shape, Form, Texture and Balance. 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
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