THE IDEAS SECTION
V. Ryan © 2001-2010
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This section allows you to present a number of ideas/designs. You should aim to produce at least six different designs and certainly not less than four. The more designs you produce the better the mark you will gain. However, if your ideas are very similar, the final marks will be reduced. Try to present designs that look individual and are imaginative.
The Importance of Notes:
The diagram below shows how an idea with its notes can be set out on a design sheet.
|What Style of Drawings should I Use?|
|You should use a mixture of two and
three dimensional drawing techniques to present any ideas.
Graphic Products Course :
two point perspective,
single point perspective,
front and side views,
Use a number of the above techniques and before you decide look at some examples.
Other Technology Courses
Use two to three of the above techniques.
Use appropriate colouring techniques and try not to crush all your ideas on one sheet. Two to three ideas per sheet is just about right.
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One of the most important sections of a design project is the ideas section. Drawing designs / ideas is possibly the most enjoyable aspect of project work. This is the section in which you must show your imagination. The examiner will look closely at the ideas you produce and the way you present them and the quality of notes you include with each. Try to produce a minimum of four ideas and aim for up to six well drawn and annotated ideas. You may wish to start by looking at an existing idea and altering it / improving it. Be innovative.
Research very carefully into ideas / products that already exist. The
internet is usually a good resource. Looking at existing designs will help
you design your own product.
2. Always include plenty of relevant notes.
A. What do you think of the design?
B. What do you think of the colour scheme?
C. How much will it cost to produce?
D. Is the design safe?
E. Would you buy it?
F. Would you find it useful?
G. Does your idea answer the design problem?
H. Is the design too large or small?
I. Is it designed ergonomically?
J. Will it suit the age range that it is designed for?
K. What materials will be used in it’s manufacture? Why are they suitable?
3. Keep your drawings simple and clear. You may wish to draw your idea from different angles, in perspective, isometric, from the front, top or side.
4. Add colour and shade but do not spend too much time on this aspect of each drawing. Sometimes it may be better to keep a design to a ‘line drawing’, without any colour / shade.
5. Ask the views of other people, especially if you are drawing rough designs before transferring them to your design sheets. You may learn a lot from the views expressed by other people.
6. When you write your notes about each of your ideas tell the truth. You may concentrate on the way the idea needs improving rather than concentrating on all the good points.
7. Produce a range of different ideas not a number of similar looking ones.
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