Design and Technology KS3 / GCSE: How car designers are inspired

An insight into where design inspiration can come from. We are permitted to view areas usually kept secret, as we learn about the design of a mass produced sports car, which took 5 years to develop.

A car designer talks about what inspires him and shows the inspiring objects that can be found in his design studio.

CAD, sketching and a more traditional hands-on modelling approach are showcased.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to encourage creativity when generating ideas for a product.

Students could be provided with a variety of natural forms, such as leaves or pictures of animals.

They should select one to use as inspiration to design a product, such as a hand held controller for a video game.

After sketching their initial ideas, they could be provided with modelling clay or foam to develop a model of their design.

Students could also carry out research to identify other products that have been inspired by natural forms.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching KS3 and KS4/GCSE Design and Technology, materials.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.