Discover Design Lenses
Designers think carefully about the appearance and style of their designs. Their choices range from the initial inspiration for the design to its color, size, shape, surface pattern, texture and any operating mechanisms that can be seen.
·How would you describe this pattern?
·Does the shape of this light remind you of something?
·Why designers might have made certain choices about the formal qualities of their designs?
·How do appearance and style relate to the other Discover Design Lenses?
A broad range of factors influence the choice of materials. Factors influencing the choice of material include its cost, durability, weight, flexibility, availability, the manufacturing and engineering processes and the sale of production.
·How comfortable do you think this cardboard chair is to sit on?
·What are the pros and cons of using plastic to make a water bottle?
·Can you guess what this seaside café is made from?
Design is a problem-solving activity for a huge variety of purposes. The intended uses, or functions of a design, are a fundamental part of the design process.
·What are the problems the designs set out to address and how effectively is this achieved?
·What would this torch feel like to hold?
·Where would you use this stile stool?
·What problem does the paperclip solve?
The process of designing and manufacturing is not always a straight path. Designers develop and refine their ideas through research, drawing, modeling and testing, with lots of problem solving along the way. They also work with their clients and with experts such as engineers and scientists to inform their work.
·What materials can help us to personalize and improve the things around us?
·How can we make the everyday exciting?
·What would happen if designers didn't develop their ideas like this?
·How do manufacturing choices affect the finished products?
·What difference does it make if a product is made by hand or by machine?
Good design knows its market and improves life.
·What are the social and environmental effects of producing and consuming design?
·How was the designer trying to improve our lives? Did they succeed?
·Who is the target market?
·What effect on the environment might this design have?
·What do you think this unusual looking bike was designed for?
·Why would you make a vase out of paper?
·How can a laptop change the world?