Design is everywhere. We are surrounded by it but often don't think about why things are the way they are. Discover Design is an interactive resource for teachers and students that will stimulate critical and creative approaches to design and help you make the most of visiting the Design Museum.

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What do you see?

 

What is it made of?

 

What does it do?

 

How is it made?

 

What is its impact?

 

Designers think carefully about the appearance of objects.

What you see is the result of deliberate choices. Choices about colour, shape, pattern, texture, decoration or even the initial inspiration for the design. Consider why an object looks a certain way, and how factors from the other Discover Design lenses may have affected its appearance (such as function, cost of materials, available technology).

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A broad range of factors influence the choice of material.

Decisions are affected by the properties of the materials, including the cost, durability, flexibility, weight, surface finish, recyclability, manufacturing and engineering processes and the number of objects to be produced. Consider why certain materials have been chosen, and how factors from the other Discover Design lenses may have affected this choice.

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Objects are designed for a huge variety of purposes.

The intended uses, or functions, of an object are fundamental to its design. Based on what you can see, explore the functions of these objects. What other kinds of information would you need to decide how well an object fulfils its intended use or function? Consider how factors from the other Discover Design lenses contribute to its intended use.

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The process of designing and manufacturing is not always a straight path.

The process of designing and making is the journey from an initial concept to finished design. Modelling, prototyping, testing and problem solving are used to refine and develop designs until they are ready to go into production. The manufacturing processes chosen will shape the design further, affecting its durability, price and impact on the environment.

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Today, more than ever, good design needs to have a positive impact on the world.

Designers and consumers need to think about the environmental and social impact of design. Consider these objects from the perspective of a 'design solution', how effective might they be in addressing urgent global issues such as climate change, conserving resources and quality of life? How do factors from the other Discover Design lenses contribute to, or detract from this?

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Journey Trail

Journey Trail

Design is everywhere, explore the designs that surround the Design Museum on your journey from the underground station.

Teacher Notes

Teacher Notes

Designs of the Year 2014

Teacher Notes

Teacher Notes

Louis Khan The Power of Architecture

Exploring exhibitions

Exploring exhibitions

Exploring Exhibitions is a useful worksheet to be completed whilst visiting the museum.

Reflection - Primary

Reflection - Primary

Primary pupils can use this review sheet to reflect on their experience at the Design Museum.

Reflection - Secondary

Reflection - Secondary

Reflect on your visit by creating a timeline. Tell us what you think about the designs you saw.