Have you used your time wisely, or are you panicking

You will notice that you have gone through a lot of work before you have got to the design ideas. The reason for this is you need to have all the relevant information on hand to make sure you will be designing the product you said you were going to design. We do take into account changes that occur due to development but is it really acceptable to produce a Tee Shirt when your research is based around a shop front?

This does not mean that you shouldn't consider designing, but you will obtain higher marks if you design with your user needs in mind and any other relevant knowledge you obtained through research. Remember to always record all ideas (even the ones you consider not very good) and write notes on what you were thinking when you designed it.

pupils are expected to produce 6 logo's, packaging and point of sale display designs as well as other designs listed on their project sheets. They are expected to produce a range of appropriate solutions for each of their individual products that make up the overall project. Each of the ideas should be evaluated against the design specification (s) leading towards the choice of the final designs.

Your design ideas must reflect the information gathered from the possible user (s), your research and the designs must conform to the design specification. These designs must be as a result of detailed evaluation and consideration of the need and fitness for purpose.

All of your early designs need to include notes (annotation) explaining the good and bad points of your design. They should include ways of making the design, appropriate materials and methods of production. You may consider a variety of materials, or mix the materials. Some parts of your design could be made using the CAD CAM machine, others couldn't, explore all alternatives.

Choosing the final designs:
From your design ideas you will need to choose one of each product to be developed as your final prototype. You could produce a second questionnaire asking possible users what they think of your 6 designs leading to the choice of the final one.
This information can also be used to help develop the final idea into the final design.  See Design development.

Presentation of your design ideas:
Presentation of your work is important, try to ensure that you use a range of appropriate techniques that may include

  • Free hand sketches
  • 2D and/ or 3D drawings both by hand and computer (CAD).
  • 2D and/ or 3D models
  • Perspective or exploded drawings where appropriate
  • Texturing
  • Typography/ Text     See help page

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