Design and Technology

Essential Characteristics of designers

  • Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
  • The ability to carry out through research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
  • A passion for the subject and knowledge of up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.

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Design and technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.
 
James Dyson
 
Tell me and I forget - show me and I may remember - let me do it, and I learn. Learning through making works!
 
Prue Leith
 
The design of an object defines its meaning and ultimately its utility. The nature of the connection betweeen technology and people is determined by the designer.
 
Jonathan Ive, Apple Computer