Inspired by Design

On Monday 23rd of November 2015 Year 12 Design Technology students attended lectures at the UCL Institute of Education Inspired By Design day. Different elements of design were explored and several designers spoke about how they got into a design career and what they do on an everyday basis.

Matthew Beaven, the Chief Exterior Designer at Jaguar, gave an insight into the creative process, mainly focusing on car design. In this talk, he explored concepts such as ‘What is a good design?’ and ‘What are the key processes in a design?’ and that “a good design creates memories, not routine.” 

Julia Georgallis, who studied Product Design at the Royal College of Art, talked about redesigning the familiar. She spoke about her design experiences and how it has guided her to what she really wants to do now, which is making bread. We explored turning an idea into a business, and what steps needed to be taken. The main question was ‘satisfying a need or creating a need?’

We also looked at the ‘TwoZero’ project- exploring “safety with style.” It focused on having jackets with expandable zips (to pull over the back of a rucksack). The idea of intellectual property and patenting was explored which links to what we are currently studying at school. 

Finally we got to listen to Jay Osgerby, who designed the 2012 Olympic torch. It was very interesting to see the process of design, conceptual modelling, testing and finally using the torch. I really enjoyed the trip to London and it has definitely made me think more about going into a future career in design. I think by being in an environment with a group of creative individuals, encourages me to think in a more productive way.” 

Emma, Year 12


TGS Year 12 Designers with Product Designer Jay Osgerby