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Design & Technology

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Design & Technology looks at the the role of designers, the design process, factors that influence design, ethical/sustainable design, the history of design and the use of technology in the design process. Practical components [obviously not included here] form integral parts of this study.

This page covers information on all the above areas. It includes portals, courses, programs, sites for specific resources and more.


Design & Designers

Includes the work of designers, innovation, preferred futures.

  • Art, Design and Visual Thinking
    ‘Welcome to the Art, Design and Visual thinking textbook. You can access specific sections of it by scrolling through the table of contents on the left, or you can just start at the beginning by clicking on the button below’.
  • Bad Human Factors Design
    ‘A scrapbook of illustrated examples of things that are hard to use because they do not follow human factors principles’.
  • BEOutThere !
    ‘A multidisciplinary program of undergraduate electives offered by the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of NSW in which students collaborate with community partners on projects that address social challenges’.
  • International Designers Network
    ‘IDN was launched to provide designers, designer groups and associations the opportunity to be in direct contact with manufacturers from around the world. In order to assure a world wide connection’.
  • Sustainable Design Program
    US General Services Administration. Links to multiple topics.

Design Processes

  • Australian Designers at Work
    ‘Meet designers, learn how they work’. Select designers in areas including jewellery, interior design, industrial design, digital media. Powerhouse Museum [Sydney].
  • Design Addict
    ‘Reach the worldwide design community through the greatest design links directory on the web. Already 4 500+ links ! Browse the Design Index, an outstanding tool to discover historical and contemporary design’. News, links, calendar, forum, more.
  • Design
    ‘Get in-depth information on design disciplines, issues and opportunities, written by recognised experts’. UK Based.
  • Design Process
    ‘Gives detailed information on each stage of designing, examples regarding many stages involved in the building of a successful folder/project. Another section, Project Template, gives blank design templates for each stage of a project/folder’.

Ethical & Responsible Design

  • Aesthetics and Ethics in Everyday Life
    ‘An Essay by Marvin Bartel’. Under the heading of Art in Everyday Life.
  • Ethics in Design
    A Quick Primer on this topic.
  • ‘Nanoethics’ : The ELSI of 21st Century Bioethics ?
    From One of the ethical inputs to this top class blog. This one poses an interesting query and provides some fascinating facts.
  • STS Wiki
    ‘Science and technology studies examines the influence of society on science and technology, the influence of science and technology on society. An experiment in the public production of free, open-source knowledge concerning STS’. Probably geared for a higher education level but at least should provide good up-to-date information.
  • Universal Design Education Online
    ‘Supports educators, students in their teaching and study of universal design. Universal design is an approach to the design of all products and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability, situation’.

Factors that Influence Design

Function, aesthetics, cultural influences, … .

  • Aesthetics
    Etymology, aesthetic judgement, aesthetics and the philosophy of art, aesthetic universals, criticism, history of aesthetics, modern aesthetics, post-modern aesthetics and psychoanalysis, aesthetics and information, applied aesthetics, aesthetic ethics, truth as beauty, computational inference, references, further reading, links. Wikipedia.
  • Aesthetics and Design
    Slideshare. ‘This talk looks at the philosophies and fundamentals of aesthetics and design’. [146 slides]. Links to further information.
  • Designer Sojourn
    ‘Everybody is talking about design, creativity & entrepreneurship’. RSS feed.
  • Functional Design
    Advantages, technique, critiques, limits, applied to 3D modeling and simulation, software, links. Wikipedia.

History of Design

Design over different periods of time, different cultures & regions.

  • Design History
    ‘An Interactive Timeline’.
  • Design History Society Forum
    ‘A forum for the discussion of design historical issues, and the exchange of related information and reviews’.
  • Design is History
    ‘This site was created as a teaching tool for young designers just beginning to explore graphic design and as a reference tool for all designers. It is supposed to provide brief overviews of a wide range of topics rather than an in-depth study of only a few’.
  • Design Museum
    ‘Discover more about the designers, architects and technologies featured at the Design Museum in Design Library, our online research archive of modern and contemporary design’.
  • History of Design Styles
    Article that covers various styles and periods. Other links.
  • Journal of Design History
    ‘Provides access to table of contents and abstracts of articles in issues from Volume 1 [1988] onwards. Abstracts, articles in PDF format are provided from 1998 to 2004, with full text and abstracts available from 2005 onwards’[Intute].
  • The Design History Society
    ‘Works nationally and internationally to promote and support the study and understanding of design history’. Early tertiary level, but useful for teachers. Links section is extensive.
  • Retrolounge
    This is the ‘Design’ section of the Retrolounge site.
  • Retrowow
    ‘Retrowow offers abroad introduction to design in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. It is a well-illustrated tour of various design classics of these eras, broken up thematically into sections’ [Intute].

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Impact of Technology

Impact of Technology

Includes past, present & emerging technologies.

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Other Information

Other Sites

Association Sites

These offer not only support but links to resources, projects, material suppliers and more.

  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
    Visit the exhibitions, check the collection, use the education section, find National Design Awards, more.
  • Design Directory
  • Design Institute of Australia
    ‘The Voice of Professional Design’. Information about design, events, services, networking, links, more.
  • Design & Technology
    ‘The following resources have been developed to support Stage 5 Design & Technology’. Digital Education Revolution, Department of Education & Training, NSW.
  • Design and Technology Online
    Information on areas including electronics and pneumatics.
  • Design & Technology Teachers’ Association
    Western Australia. Subject information, links, information archive, conference information, display cabinets, Good Buys, more. Links to Resources are found here.
  • F1 In Schools
    ‘Through the appeal of Formula One, F1 in Schools is engaging and inspiring young people, piquing their interest in engineering related careers, connecting students to industry and making learning relevant and fun !’
  • How Do You Design ?
    ‘A Compendium of Models’. A free online ebook by an American designer.
  • International Journal of Design
    ‘Publishing research papers in all fields of design, including industrial design, visual communication design, interface design, animation and game design, architectural design, urban design, and other design related fields’. Articles available via Abstract, PDF and HTML.
  • International Technology And Engineering Educators Association
    This American association has a range of material you may find useful, especially the resources listed on this page under a series of topical headings.
  • International Directory of Design
    Click on “Search” button for this area.
  • Links for Learning
    Stage 5 Design & Technology. Design and Product Safety, Design Criteria, Designers, Enterprising Activity, Ethical and Responsible Design, Life Cycle Analysis, Production Processes, Trends in Technology Design. Digital Education Revolution, Department of Education & Training, NSW. Also has Stages 4 and 6.
  • Links to Design and Technology Sites
    Briefly annotated links to site, some of which are already included here.
  • Tech it Out [UK]
    Everything for Design Technology - Free for Everybody, Anywhere, Anytime. Two sections covering Knowledge and Projects. Knowledge section has 26 topics incorporating text, pictures, animations, websites. Projects section includes histories, pictures, websites, student work samples, animations, quizzes, planning, more.
    Highly Recommended !
  • The Design Museum
    Education, research, Kid’s Activities, news, surveys, exhibitions, more.

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