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OCR D&T GCSE Product Design 2017 Topics
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3 Units (5 volumes)
100 pages/80 content pages


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This special five-volume resource pack covers everything students need to know about the history of baby transporting young children, Owen Maclaren and his influence of the design of portable products. It also includes a series of highly illustrated inspirational units that will give students plenty of ideas for developing innovative ideas of their own.


Topic 1: Everyday Objects

History of Prams-Vol1-coverA history of transporting young children This single volume covers the development of the design of prams and buggies over the centuries, putting Maclaren’s innovation into context and demonstrating the influence he has had over the design of modern push-chairs.

Topic 2: Designers at Work

Owen Maclaren-Vol1-coverMaclaren and the B-01 Baby Buggy This volume focuses specifically on Maclaren and the development process that led to the B-01, tracing the introduction of tubular steel and the evolution of his previous design work on the Spitfire and Gadabout chair. It describes the growth of the Maclaren Company and looks in detail at the more recent designs of baby buggies.

Topic 3: Inspire Me!

Collapsing and Expanding-Vol1-coverCollapsing and Expanding ‘Inspire Me!’ is a new series of Topics that provide extensive visual stimulus material to help students identify and transform existing natural and everyday solutions to inspire their design ideas.

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These 3 volumes cover Folding, Extending and Contracting, Nesting, Assembling, Rolling Things Up and Inflating - all the techniques used in the design of products that can be made smaller in some way to make them more portable and easier to store.

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These volumes can be used extensively across KS3, KS4 and KS5 D&T groups, as well as specifically for the 2017 ‘Designing Influences’ examination.


All five OCR Design Influences 2017 volumes are available together at a special bundle price of £45 (normally £75).

Please note these volumes are not available separately.

5 volumes (100 pages/80 content pages)


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OCR D&T GCSE Product Design 2016 Topics
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80 pages/64 content pages


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This special four-volume resource pack covers both Michael Thonet and the Café Chair and Milton Glaser and the I New York symbol.


Designers at Work: Michael Thonet

Michael Thonet-Vol1-coverVolume 1: Bend it like Thonet explains how Michael Thonet successfully designed, manufactured and first marketed his bentwood furniture during the mid 19th Century. It tells the story of how Thonet’s early ideas evolved and what influenced him.

Michael Thonet-Vol2-coverVolume 2: Thonet’s Café Chair tells the story of Thonet’s most successful, iconic design - the Café Chair. It then shows how the company changed during the early 20th century to meet the demands and opportunities of new production methods and design styles. This included a highly successful and innovative approach to marketing on an international and global scale.

Michael Thonet-Vol3-coverVolume 3: Thoroughly Modern Thonet examines how new materials and production techniques emerged during the 20th Century, and how Thonet Brothers re-invented their product line accordingly.

Designers at Work: Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser-Vol1-coverThis single volume explores the diversity and richness of Glaser’s work, which includes typography, posters and logos. It includes a detailed study of his most famous design, the I New York logo, which is known the world over and has inspired many variations.


All four OCR 2016 volumes are available together at a special bundle price of £40 (normally £60).

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4 volumes (80 pages/64 content pages)


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GCSE 2015 Resources

Resources on Robin Day and the Polyprop chair and on Otl Aicher and the 1972 Olympic Games Pictograms from the Summer 2015 Design Influences paper are also available at any time for immediate download.


OCR D&T GCSE Product Design 2015 Topics
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3 Units (4 volumes)
80 pages/64 content pages


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This special four-volume resource pack covers both Robin Day and the Polypropylene chair and Otl Aicher and the Munich 1972 Olympic Games pictograms.


Designers at Work: Robin Day

Robin Day-Vol1-coverVolume 1: The early years explores the history of designers’ attempts to produce chairs that were lightweight, stackable and cheap to manufacture in quantity. It covers Robin Day’s early work during the 1950s that paved the way for his later innovative solutions.

Robin Day-Vol2-coverVolume 2: The Polypropylene chair covers the development of the injection-moulding process and the various prototypes that preceded the final production model of Day’s iconic chair. It describes Day’s later work and demonstrates the influence he has had on contemporary furniture designers.

Everyday Objects: The Pictogram

The Pictogram-Vol1-coverThis single volume contains everything a student needs to know about the history and design of the Pictogram. It includes a Design Guide, and will be useful for general work in Graphic Products across all Key Stages as well as for GCSE students studying Otl Aicher.

Designers at Work: Otl Aicher

Otl Aicher-Vol1-coverThis volume covers Aicher’s early work before focussing on the visual identity system he developed for the 1972 Olympic Games, which included his iconic pictogram designs along with the main logo for the games, posters and souvenirs.


All four OCR 2015 volumes are available together at a special bundle price of £40 (normally £60).

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4 volumes (80 pages/64 content pages)


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OCR D&T GCSE Product Design 2014 Topic
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3 volumes
60 pages/48 content pages


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This three volume pack provides an overview of the development of flat-pack furniture and the way in which IKEA have grown into the leading global supplier.


Everyday Objects: Flat Pack Furniture

FlatPackFurniture-Vol1-coverVolume 1: A brief history of furniture design puts flat-pack furniture in the context of the way in which household chairs, tables and cupboards have been designed, made and sold.

FlatPackFurniture-Vol2-coverVolume 2: Self-assembly furniture explains exactly what Flat-pack furniture is and the need for careful assembly instructions, together with examples of other ways in which items of furniture can be made in the home.

Designers at Work: Ingvar Kamprad and IKEA

Ingvar Kamprad and IKEA-Vol1-coverVolume 1: Ingvar Kamprad and IKEA studies the development of the IKEA store from its early beginnings in Sweden to its current position as market-leader. It covers its innovative approach to store design, the way in which its products have been influenced by 20th Century design classics and its drive towards low-cost environmentally-friendly household items.


All three OCR 2014 volumes - Flat Pack Furniture (2 vols), Ingvar Kamprad and IKEA (1 vol), are available together at a special bundle price of £40 - (normally £45).

3 volumes (60 pages/48 content pages)

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All resources are available for instant download and use on screen, whiteboard, projector or printed.

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Other resources...

The units on Philippe Starck, Alan Fletcher and Laura Ashley are all available for immediate download. There are also special offer bundle deals...


OCR D&T GCSE Product Design 2013 Topics
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Designers at Work: Alan Fletcher

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1 volume (20 pages/16 content pages)

This unit covers Alan Fletcher's career with particular reference to his work in the 1970s and 80s for Pentagram and his iconic Corporate Identity for the Victoria & Albert Museum. It also clearly explains the differences between logograms, logotypes and visual symbols and their use in identity systems.

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Designers at Work: Laura Ashley

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1 volume (20 pages/16 content pages)

This unit provides a comprehensive account of the growth of the Laura Ashley company, from the production of small neck-scarves made on the kitchen table in the 1950s to global success in the 1970s and 80s. There is extensive analysis of Laura Ashley's floral fabric designs of the time.

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Designers at Work: Philippe Starck

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3 volumes (60 pages/48 content pages)

This three volume unit provides a unique comprehensive timeline of Philippe Starck.

Volume 1 covers his early work of the 1980s and early 1990s, including an extended case-study of the development of the Juicy Salif Lemon Squeezer.

Volume 2 looks at his more restrained designs of the late 1990s, covering a variety of clock-radios, chairs, eye-glasses and watches.

Volume 3 is concerned with his more recent work such as the Ghost chair, his designs for Eurostar and the recycled 'broom' chair.

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Designers at Work: Bundle

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All three OCR 2013 titles - Starck, Fletcher and Ashley, are available together at a special bundle price of £50 - a saving of £15.

5 volumes (100 pages/80 content pages)

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Designers at Work: Upgrade Bundle

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Schools that have already purchased the Philippe Starck unit on its own are entitled to purchase the upgrade bundle which includes both Alan Fletcher and Laura Ashley for just £15.

2 volumes (40 pages/32 content pages)

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OCR D&T GCSE Product Design 2012 Topics

Marketing and Packaging Confectionery Products

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The first volume of this unit looks at the origins of sweets, chocolates and biscuits and the methods used to package and market them during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It includes an extended case-study of the development of biscuit tins made by Huntley & Palmers during this period, and how they were promoted.

The second volume focusses on a comparison of the packaging and marketing of four familiar, long-established chocolate biscuit products - the Chocolate Digestive, the KitKat, the Twix bar and the Drifter bar. It explores what makes them desirable to eat and how their packaging is designed to be both noticeable and informative.

The 1980s:
Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group

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This unit introduces the evolution of design from Modernism to Postmodernism during the 1980s. It focusses on the work on Ettore Sottsass, with particular reference to the Carlton Bookcase. It also covers the furniture, lighting and textile designs of the Memphis Group as a whole. Also featured is Michael Graves' 'Whistling bird kettle'.

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All the above resources bundled into one download at a special reduced price. Three volumes in total with 48 content pages/screens of detailed content.

1980s Memphis Vol1 Confectionery-Vol1 Confectionery Vol2

 


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How much does it cost?
As a basic guide, a typical Design Direct 'volume' costs £15, sometimes they cost a little more or a little less depending on content. So a 'unit' consisting of 3 volumes will typically be £45 but is often lower as a unit bundle. Please note that only whole units can be purchased, it is not possible to purchase individual volumes unless of course there is only one volume in a unit.

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What are Design Direct's resources?
Our digital downloadable resources offer good value and are a great resource for your school or college's learning environment.

The visually stimulating resources can be printed, bound, displayed, viewed on-screen, mobile devices, or used in whiteboard teaching presentations.

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The units can be used very effectively as part of a growing departmental resource for use with a wide range of different age groups.

 

 

 

OCR D&T GCSE Product Design 2011 Topics

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These short, 4-screen units provide an excellent introduction and overview of the OCR 'Designing Influences' topics for 2011.

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Each Showcase file shows a preview of the full contents of each unit. Unlike the purchased versions however, the content resolution and image sizes are limited.

Showcase files can be downloaded from each unit's details page. Full details of all Design Direct units are available via the Topics menu shown at the top of any page.

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