Design and Technology Resources: Marketing Your T-shirt Design (EPOS, Swing Tags, and Shop fronts)


Aims and Objectives:

  • To investigate Fashion/Textiles marketing including EPOS systems and Barcodes
  • To apply the knowledge gained from the design of your T-shirt to create a ‘Swing-Tag’ in the marketing and selling of your T-shirt
  • To investigate shop front design in relation to marketing and selling your T-shirt
  • To design and create a shop front to market and sell you T-shirt

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Teaching & Learning Tools: Spice Time Credits -Working with and engaging parents


I recently attended a ‘working with and engaging parents’ workshop at a Teacher Seminar. I discovered what I considered to be an awesome platform to work with and engage parents with student’s learning and school life. Spice Time Credits encourages parents and guardians to be involved with various activities within the school. In turn parents and guardians would earn time credits which could go towards leisure activities such as theme parks.


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DT & Engineering Resources: The Importance of Design & Technology and Engineering in the Lifelong Learning Sector


The Importance of Design & Technology and Engineering in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Subject Areas covered: Design and Technology, Product Design, Engineering, 3D Crafts, Art and Design.

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DT & Engineering Blog: Pocket NC 5-Axis Desktop CNC Mill – An alternative to 3D printing?


We’ve seen a few three-axis CNC mills before, but not a five-axis one that’s made for desktop use. At this year’s Maker Faire, we finally got to see the Pocket NC at work, turning aluminium blocks into beautiful parts. It’s a beautiful machine!

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Design Technology Resources: How to answer exam ‘evaluation’ questions


Learning Objective:

  • Students to investigate the techniques needed to answer exam ‘evaluation’ questions effectively.



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Design and Technology Resources: Computer Integrated Manufacture


The Big Picture:

  • Aims

To become familiar with a range of manufacturing systems and characteristics of Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM), Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASAR) and Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV)

  • Objectives

Know the characteristics, processes and application of CAM, ASAR and AGV.

My Inspirational Designers: Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrison and Sir Jonathan Ive


Two product designers that has been inspirational in my career as a designer are Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrison and Sir Jonathan Ive. Their products and and design philosophy has influenced my way of thinking about a solution to a design problem.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrison

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Charles “Chuck” Harrison is an American industrial designer who was a long time resident in Chicago until 2015. He was the first African-American executive to work at Sears, Roebuck and Company, starting in 1961 as a designer and eventually becoming manager of the company’s entire design group. He was involved in the design of over 750 consumer products, including the portable hair dryer, toasters, stereos, lawn mowers, sewing machines, Craftsman power tools, the see-through measuring cup, fondue pots, stoves, and the first plastic trash can, which has been credited with changing the sound of trash collection day. Perhaps his most famous achievement was leading the team that updated the View-Master in 1958, designing the classic Model F View-Master.

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Sir Jonathan Ive


Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, KBE (born 27 February 1967) is a British designer and the Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Apple Inc. He oversees the Apple Industrial Design Group and also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface software teams across the company. Ive is the designer of many of Apple’s products, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Apple Watch and iOS.

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My Modern Automotive Design Icon of all time: Audi A2 – The Original Space-frame Aluminium mini MPV


The overriding theme in the design and engineering of the A2 was summarized by the then Audi UK product manager in an interview after the car won a design award in 2001 as “create a small Audi, not a cheap Audi”, and the creative brief is said to have been “Transport four people from Stuttgart to Milan on a single tank of petrol”.

The A2 is built with a considerable amount of aluminium and aluminium alloy, making it weigh significantly less than cars of similar size. Its reduced weight helps it to use much less fuel than vehicles using traditional steel monocoques. Under certain circumstances, consumption for the 1.2 TDI model can be as low as just over 2 litres per 100 kilometres (140 mpg-imp; 120 mpg-US). This version of the Audi A2 won the “Nordic Eco Run” fuel economy race in 2003, with a consumption of 2.62 L/100 km (107.8 mpg-imp; 89.8 mpg-US). Even the normal versions with petrol engines are capable of 5 L/100 km (56.5 mpg-imp; 47.0 mpg-US). The A2 was also notable for being the first Audi model since the 1970s Audi 50 (type 86) and Audi 100 (type 43) not to be offered with its ‘trademark’ quattro four-wheel drive option. The A2 has a coefficient of drag of between 0.25 and 0.29, depending on the specific version.

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The A2 still uses a contemporary unibody construction, with significant elements of space frame principles, and it is tagged by Audi as an ‘Audi Space Frame’ design. The outer panels of the body have little or no structural function – similarities exist with the original Renault Espace – and the space frame bears the forces working on the car. The frame uses casts and extrusions which are laser welded together to make the space frame. Improvements in shell stability, durability and stiffness, lower weight, and more interior space are results of its construction. “The A2, on the other hand, was designed as an aluminum car and the spaceframe has been optimized by parts consolidation, using large, cost-effective castings instead of aluminum stampings”.

Unfortunately, the cost of working with aluminium, particularly with small production runs, meant that the A2 was more expensive than other cars in its sector, competing with the A-class and losing. Much of the high production cost was due to so many parts not being “off the shelf” and being specifically optimized for the A2. From Autobild in 2003: “The A2 is not one of the models with the highest return on investment”. The same article quotes the sales figures for 2002 as being 20,000 in Germany against 80,000 for the A-Class and “…lots of money for a car that is only 3.8m long.”

Audi was the first manufacturer to try to incorporate lightweight building concepts using aluminium and associated alloys into a “mass market” vehicle. Previous efforts at using the Audi Space Frame were limited to the rather more expensive Audi A8. As a guide to the mass involved, the entire shell weighs so little that two people can easily pick it up, and the side panel over the doors including the A- and D-pillars weighs approximately 2 kilograms (4 lb). A 2002 model A2 with standard equipment has a mass of 895 kg (1,973 lb).

The A2 can thus be considered a trailblazer for various newer aluminium-based vehicles, such as the second generation Audi A8, the Audi TT, and Jaguar’s recent X350 Jaguar XJ and 2006 Jaguar XK.

Parts of the A2 which are still made of steel include the bulkhead behind the front bumper (the “slam panel”), the wiper arm, standard A2 suspension components (the 3l ones are frequently of aluminium alloy), the rear brake drums and the exhaust system.

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