21 projects and portfolio extracts chosen from the state's most outstanding Major Design Projects. Projects range from fashion and graphics, to product, systems and packaging design. Featured in the exhibition and the exhibition webpage are a number of interviews with a selection of students talking about their design process throughout the Major Design Project, and their passion for design and technology. Also featured are 3 exceptional student projects from the 2011 Higher School Certificate Textiles and Design course. Presented in association with the Board of Studies NSW and NSW Department of Education and Communities. designTECH 2011 Exhibition 18 February - 13 May 2012
Toiminto Art occasional table Casey Lee Edwards Canowindra High School Casey used contrasting layers of wood and black epoxy glue, carved to shape and laminated to create an abstract occasional table inspired by the human figure. A piece of glass intersects the figure at the base of the legs to make the table-top. The flowing curves are seen from every angle, so the most difficult aspect of the design was maintaining a faultless surface when using hand tools.
Toby sees social housing as a key issue in his local area. His design aims to provide low income earners with a modern, sustainable home in an appealing environment, taking into account transport, energy, water, community and biodiversity needs. He chose the theme ‘A Wave of Change’ to reflect the surf culture of the suburb, expressing this in his design through wavy shapes, bright blues and whites. A Wave of Change Toby Rawlings St Philip’s Christian College, Newcastle
Anzac Express Caroline Cham Brigidine College Randwick Caroline designed a non-stop train to save hours of travel. The Anzac express is an elevated light rail system that doesn’t stop at each station but slows down to pick up a carriage of waiting commuters, while simultaneously dropping off a carriage of disembarking commuters. It also includes a fast ‘tap-and-go’ ticketing system. The Anzac Express can be integrated with existing public transport, carries 161 passengers and is solar powered.
Hot Teaspoon Angela Garland Mullumbimby High School Angela designed her tea packaging with equal emphasis on aesthetics and function. Ribbons, which fasten the package to hold tea, then become handles so the empty package can be used as a purse. Angela carried out extensive research into materials before choosing Belgian linen for its durability. She drew inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic and the collectible nature of Japanese packaging.
Holly wanted to highlight the unsustainable use of plastic and non-biodegradable materials. She created a bespoke range of accessories from wood to address the need for design that is durable, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. Most of her work is hand-crafted to reduce the pollution from manufacturing processes, with technology such as CAD drawings and laser cutting used to perfect the design and eliminate wastage. What Wood You Choose? Holly Payne Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College
Talia’s sustainable haute couture clothing demonstrates the possibility of using alternative materials such as hemp and cardboard in high fashion. A variety of sewing techniques, structural forms and embellishments give her two garments a ‘WOW’ factor. Talia’s fascination with aquatic creatures inspired her to incorporate bio-mimicry into her designs. Sustainable haute couture Talia Jimenez SCECGS Redlands
Madeline’s research with a children’s clothing company identified a gap in the market for quality children’s outerwear. So Madeline designed a girl’s formal coat, which can be worn by four to eight year olds. The coat’s unique adjustable features at the waist, across the shoulders and in the sleeves, allow it to be worn over a number of years by growing children. Formal adjustable coat for girls Madeline Strong The Scots School Albury
Kit’s brief was to design and make garments using Tyvek, a non-recyclable building material. The project addresses Kit’s interest in sustainability and recycling, as well as a desire to find fresh ways to manipulate media to mimic or create new textures. The garments promote Tyvek as a creative medium, and inventively incorporate as many techniques as possible. The wonders of Tyvek ® Kit Murphie Roseville College
Tori’s 87-year-old Nan suffers with swollen finger joints caused by arthritis, creating pain and stiffness when she tries to hold objects. Tori was inspired by her Nan to design a peg without springs, reducing the strain on the hand while hanging clothes on the line. Some prototypes of her design are also shown here (inset). Pegassist Tori Wicks Cheltenham Girls High School
Shopalert Micah Walker Dubbo Christian School Shopalert can be attached to a standard shopping trolley and used to scan barcodes to display the total cost of items while shopping. It also includes an Allergy Watch function, which alerts you to nominated allergens. Micah learned many new skills to develop Shopalert, from soldering electronics to getting the scanner, electronics processor and computer to ‘talk’ to each other.
The DoorBrell has three different fittings to attach any umbrella to the side of a car, making it easier to stay dry in wet weather. To reduce its environmental impact, Rebecca used fibreglass and incorporated existing products. The project developed Rebecca’s perseverance and innovative thinking. She also learnt many new physical skills and production techniques. DoorBrell Rebecca Wardle Castle Hill High School
Lucinda was concerned about leaving valuables unattended when she was swimming. So she designed a full-length neoprene vest with an angled pocket, which is completely waterproof to protect wallets, keys and phones from moisture and sand. The vest’s bright colouring has the added advantage of making the wearer easily visible from shore. Beach Locker Lucinda Denton MLC School
With her passion for the environment, Georgia recognised the need to compensate for the loss of garden area in new urban developments. Grow Up, Green Up is a tessellated modular planter system where plants can grow up and out. Using vertical space to support a wide range of plants, including vegetables, the system turns bare walls into soft green facades. Grow Up, Green Up Georgia McDonald Cheltenham Girls High School
Jessica’s project combines her passion for photography and print media with her desire to promote Australian Citizenship Day. As well as enhancing her photographic skills, she gained experience in the production process, including lighting, styling and selecting models and props. Her greatest challenge lay in perfecting the different graphic design programs to produce a professional result in a limited time. Australian Citizenship Day promotion Jessica Malone St Catherine’s School
Shane has worked at a bakery for 18 months and is often asked how to keep bread fresh. This prompted him to create a system for bread storage. Airflow promotes mould growth, so the lid on his device slides down to compact the bread, while valves remove the excess air. The product can be mass-produced with laser cut components. No Stale-Mate Shane Daly Barker College
Crystal designed and produced the EcoFold, a lightweight chair made from recyclable black Corflute® that can be folded for storage. The design brief included a lifecycle analysis to ensure limited waste products. Through experimentation, Crystal established the specific measurements and folds required for the success of the final product. EcoFold Crystal Wong Danebank
The wheel spat is a cover placed over the wheel of an aircraft to reduce wind drag. Daniel’s design addresses all the current problems with wheel spats to create a product that is safer, lighter, cheaper and more aerodynamic. He acknowledges his teacher’s valuable guidance in learning how to use CAD programs, the most challenging part of the project. Low Wheel Drag Daniel Scherrer Dubbo College Senior Campus
Benjamin has developed a device that can be attached to the nozzle of a fuel gun to stop the flow when the tank is full. His biggest challenge was finding a universal nozzle to fit a range of different inlets. Some prototypes of his design are also shown. The Terlo Topper Benjamin Terlich Billabong High School
Taya’s sustainable beach house uses energy-efficient building materials and optimises natural light. It is designed for the project home industry, so operational and cost efficiency were important factors. During its development, Taya considered architectural and sustainable building practices, such as orientation, glazing, thermal mass, insulation and ventilation. The Shangri-La Taya Brooks St John Bosco College
Opake magazine Sam Jones Marcellin College Randwick Sam saw that magazines could be a lot more compelling in the digital format, so he learnt how to use professional publishing software to create an arts and music magazine for the Apple iPad®. Readers can easily navigate between pages, interact with the content on their screen and play videos. With no limit to page size and length, the magazine can display countless artworks and information while retaining a clean and spacious feel.
Campbell observed that many people had trouble getting their bins up and down long driveways. He designed the Bin Buddy to attach to a vehicle using a conventional tow ball so that even full bins can be lifted off the ground, transported to the roadside, then lowered for pick up. By the end of the project, Campbell had new skills in stick welding, angle grinding, cutting, cooling, drilling, and steel painting. Bin Buddy Campbell Jirgens Nowra Anglican College
Juliette’s design combines the silhouette of the 1950s evening dress, with a shorter, layered skirt to make it more contemporary. Juliette set out to ensure the dress would be both glamorous and practical, using silk dupion for the outer fabric which can be easily dry cleaned and ironed. The bodice is embellished with beads of different sizes, creating a patterned effect. The New Look: Part II Juliette Hill Brigidine College St Ives Focus area — Apparel
Tahlia’s textile art, based on Enid Blyton’s book The Magic Faraway Tree , aims to encourage children to read and explore their imagination. The skirt was inspired by books themselves, with each panel able to be turned like a page. Tahlia used a variety of techniques and materials to create her work, including digital imaging and needle felting. The Land of Imagination Tahlia Sarv Northern Beaches Secondary College, Mackellar Girls Campus Focus area — Textile Art
Metamorphosis Vivienne Tao Beverley Hills Girls High School Focus area — Costume Vivienne drew on a range of influences for her body suit, including the fashions of Henry VIII, Victorian decorative arts and the computer-generated prints of the late Alexander McQueen. She worked with a variety of materials to create the different insect-inspired textures and colours, choosing polycarbonate plastic for the shell structure.
The Alan Broady Memorial Award - for exemplary use of resources in the design and production of a Major Design Project. Pegassist - Tori Wicks, Cheltenham Girls High School The Shelston IP Award - for demonstration of the best understanding of potential commercialisation and Intellectual Property protection. Grow Up, Green Up - Georgia McDonald, Cheltenham Girls High School The Australian International Design Awards Prize - for Concept Design and Innovation Excellence. What Wood You Choose? - Holly Payne, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College UNSW Built Environment Award for Sustainability in Design new award in 2011, sponsored by the Built Environment, UNSW The Shangri-La - Taya Brooks, St John Bosco College The Powerhouse Museum Prize for Innovation in Design sponsored by Design Resource Pegassist - Tori Wicks, Cheltenham Girls High School Student awards
<ul><li>A series of 4 interviews with a selection of students, featured in the exhibition and online, reveals the in-depth design process students undertake </li></ul><ul><li>The exhibition also features 3 exceptional student projects from the 2011 HSC Textiles and Design course </li></ul><ul><li>A large panel illustrating for students and the public the design process , with particular emphasis on the role of evaluation throughout this process </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/destek11.php </li></ul>Exhibition enhancements
<ul><li>Students speak , Design and Technology students speak about their major design projects </li></ul><ul><li>Australia innovates , an online guide to innovation in Australia’s industries </li></ul><ul><li>Australian designers at work , meet six designers and learn about their design practice </li></ul><ul><li>Dhub , online design magazine and gateway to the world’s best design collections </li></ul><ul><li>HSC technology syllabus support : case studies in design, technology and cultural diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Sydney designers unplugged : case studies from seven design studios </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic swatchbook : thousands of fabric samples from the 1830s to the 1920s </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive database : search 69,112 objects collected from 1880 to the present day </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Dress Register : documenting significant men’s, women’s and children’s dress in NSW up to 1945 </li></ul>Design related online resources
Powerhouse Museum Learning Ecologic: creating a sustainable future , Level 1 Love Lace , Level 2 Australian International Design Awards , level 3 Engineering Excellence , Level 3 Cyberworlds : computers and connections ,Level 1 Experience a dynamic program of exhibitions and events including Sydney Design 2011, in August, an annual festival of exhibitions, talks, workshops and student study days. Exhibition highlights include: Design related Powerhouse exhibitions
Held at the Powerhouse Museum, the seminars focus on students’ major design projects for the Stage 6 Design & Technology curriculum. Seminars for the Preliminary and HSC courses are presented in separate sessions. 1. Year 12 seminars: Monday 28 February to Friday 4 March. There are two seminars each day a. Morning seminar 9.00am – 12.00 noon b. Afternoon seminar 12.30pm – 3.30pm 2. Year 11 seminars: Monday 7 March to Friday 11 March. There are two seminars each day a. Morning seminar 9.00am – 12.00 noon b. Afternoon seminar 12.30pm – 3.30pm For more information visit, http:// www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au /exhibitions/ designTECH seminars 2012