“Design can be art, design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated” Paul Rand – graphic design and corporate Logo
It is difficult to pin down what Design Technology is as ‘design’ is in everything we do, touch and see. It is all around us in our homes, in buildings, architecture, landscaping, products, movies, television, and much more. At Hatch Ride, design is about creativity, problem solving and perseverance, making skills, vision, inspiration and imagination (to name a few). It brings children together to discuss, evaluate and make.
The making of a product is not the end of the process, in many ways it is just the beginning, the starting block to new ideas. The world could not function without designers and artists. Without design, everything would be plain and boring, without imagination or inspiration.
“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” Robert L. Peters
The children of Hatch Ride are given the opportunity to work in many different ways and with different materials and are encouraged to take things apart, look at how they work and think of ways to replicate as well as improve existing products. They will build on practical skills year on year from reception up to year 6, becoming experts and problem solvers in design.
“When you want to know how things really work, study them when they're coming apart.” William Gibson, Zero History
Where appropriate (which is in a lot of instances) DT is linked with science allowing children to link their knowledge and skills.
“Design is where science and art break even.” Robin Mathew
Although the children will aim to make a product they can be proud of, they will also understand that process is just as important and adapting to change and dealing with problems along the way will make them great designers for the future. The skills from DT are transferable to all areas of the curriculum just as the skills from all areas of the curriculum are essential to Design. Design is a great way for children to show their different strengths.
“So that is the design process or the creative process. Start with a problem, forget the problem, the problem reveals itself or the solution reveals itself and then you re-evaluate it. This is what you are doing all the time. ” Paul Rand