By Ms Liane Baker-Martin & Mr Jamie Foulger
This year saw the first cohort of year 10 students who have chosen to study Design and Technology as an elective. We welcomed 180 boys who began their journey by representing themselves as freelance designers.
Their first project “Image is Everything” required the production of a logo/brand that reflected their perceived core ideals concerning design thinking and designer philosophy. This gave them an early opportunity to participate in creative, innovative and imaginative design problem solving tasks and analysis.
This logo/brand was then set in place to be the sticker, label, watermark and marketing tool for all artefacts and documents as the year progressed.
After this initial setup as ‘designers’, students were tasked to create a product that integrated the concepts of “Flat Pack” design. The purpose was to be simple, capable of storing, holding or protecting some form of personal office equipment. Their final product was purely a conceptual prototype, laser formed in card and then in coloured corflute as a working model (of course branded with a sticker of their logo).
A built environment project ensued, “The Estate” which saw boys working as freelance designers in design groups. A team of four students acted as design consultants with the control over four allocated housing blocks within a new housing development. It was during this process where they had to listen, communicate, consult via minuted meetings and ascertain the best design solutions for their allocated land plots. Conceptual drawings communicated the intended outcomes for the group which were superimposed into an entire class model of the estate.
The year still has more experiences to unfold, minimalist product designs perchance, a possible cultural issue or opportunity to be resolved……let’s see what happens.
We are very proud of our students and their insightful conversations, conceptual ideas and trust in undertaking this new course and look forward to seeing how the year progresses.