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Elliott Walker Product Design & Design Technology Resources

Create, Experiment, Build, Question and Learn. I am a specialist Product and Graphic Design Teacher, specialising in the increasingly valued skills of Design Thinking as well as 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 increasingly valued skills of Design Thinking as well as 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.
Passive Speaker Project
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Passive Speaker Project

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Science) links. I have used HIPS (polystyrene) with a knife and glue gun but this project but it could be adapted for other materials such as cardboard or wood. Also Included are diffirenciated resources and student/teacher examples. In this first lesson, students are introduced to biomimicry and the design brief; ‘Design and manufacture a passive speaker inspired by the theme biomimicry’. Introduction to SOW Initial research of passive speakers Initial drawings Peer assessment Final drawing and ACCESS FM specification Activities should be spread over 2/3 lessons 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). Students then peer assess each other work. Finally they create a final drawing of their design and justify with an access fm specification. 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).
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
Zaha Hadid & Natural Forms
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Zaha Hadid & Natural Forms

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Zaha Hadid & Natural Forms - Graded Outstanding 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). Also Included is homework, diffirenciated resources, and student/teacher examples. In this lesson students will be introduced to the architect Zaha Hadid. They will identify and demonstrate the key words ‘natural forms’, ‘form’ and ‘fluidity’ through group tasks and a class-discussion. Culminating in as design brief led task; where they will design their own purpouse built building for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, taking inspirations from natural forms. Lesson consists of starter> class discussion> main task. Lesson couldbe extended over several lessons; particularly with the latter task. All names in lesson plan have been changed. 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.
Bird Box Project
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Bird Box Project

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Students are tasked with designing, marking out and manucfacturing a bird box out of a sheet material. Also Included are differentiated resources and student/teacher examples. In this series of lesson, students are introduced to the benefits of a bird house (contextual challenge), sketching techniques (rough, isometric, orphographic), joining methods and planning their making. The aims of the project are: Improve skills working with a range of tools & equipment To develop understanding of woods Improve understanding of wood working skills Introduction to SOW Initial sketching Joining Plan of making Production 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, prototyping and evaluating.
Redesign Your School Architecture Project
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Redesign Your School Architecture Project

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In this first lesson, students are introduced to the design brief and shown a case study from an innovative school design in Vietnam Farming Kindergarten, with a particular focus on innovation, sustainability and materials. Students then complete a semantic mind map before sketching their own design. Original SketchUp file can also be emailed by sending a request to elliott06@googlemail.com (TES does not accept SketchUp files). Can be adapted for the re-design of a pupils existing school or a completely new school design. This project will culminate in students designing their own school using free Google SketchUp software. This is lesson 1 of 2.
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).
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 diffirenciated resources, and student/teacher examples. In this lesson students will create a model from scrap cardboard, leading from their creative form drawings from the last Frank Gehry lesson. They will identify and demonstrate the key word ‘Form’ through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. 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. Lesson consists of literacy 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.
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’. 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.
Ergonomics and Anthropometrics Theory
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Ergonomics and Anthropometrics Theory

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In this lesson, students learn the importance of designing around the needs of a user as well as the key words Ergonomics and Anthropometrics, which link to the GCSE Design Technology Specification. Students gain an understanding into ergonomics and anthropometrics in various products using real life examples and videos (Sony) and manufacturing (VW). They then apply their understanding to find the average size ‘hand’; measured from a class sample group. Also included is a fun home learning task that further applies their understanding of ergonomics in a funny and creative way.
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.
Compression and Tension with Spaghetti Bridges STEM
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Compression and Tension with Spaghetti Bridges STEM

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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 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).
Ikea Flat Pack Cardboard Furniture Project
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Ikea Flat Pack Cardboard 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 but this project could be adapted for other materials such as HIPS or wood. Also Included are differentiated resources and student/teacher examples. In this series of lesson, students are introduced to the benefits of flat pack furniture in logistics and manufacturing through class discussions and group tasks. They then create their own piece of ‘to-scale’ cardboard furniture that can be disassembled and flat packed. Students work in teams of four with a skills mapping sheet and are each assigned the job role of ‘Designer’, ‘Manufacturer’, ‘Quality Control’ and ‘Team Leader’. There is are also guides included to help with the design and assembly of their product. 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).
NEA Bible Design Technology
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NEA Bible Design Technology

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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. For scheme/lessons covering NEA AO1 please see my other resource: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/nea-a01-unit-product-design-non-examined-assessment-11934241 NEA AO2 will be added in due-course. Please subscribe to be notified.
Iterative Design Technology Contemporary Furniture Project
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Iterative Design Technology Contemporary Furniture Project

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This outstanding, creative SOW, on contemporary furniture, covers a broad range of topics, relating to the new 1-9 GCSE Design Technology Specification. It covers the entire iterative (non-linear) design process as well as relatable theory. The SOW can be adapted to be taught at KS3, 4 or potentially as a mock GCSE NEA. Biomimicry Physics (forces) Ergonomics & Anthropometrics Work of others Advanced Sketching techniques (2-point, free-hand isometric) Rendering Writing a brief & specification for a particular client Iterative Design (design, prototype, evaluate) Card modelling CAD modelling Soft modelling Hard modelling 2D Design (CAD, CAM) Final making
Graphic Design Project Typography and Personification
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Graphic Design Project Typography and Personification

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A series of Graphic design lessons, where students are introduced to graphic design, typography and advertising. 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 the importance of sustainability with applied practical Science in Product Design. 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.
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