Design Pressure Test 2013 Workshop

Wright, Natalie & Brough, Dean (2013) Design Pressure Test 2013 Workshop. [Exhibition/Event]


Design Pressure Test 2013 was a full-day intensive design immersion creative event run on Saturday 3 August 2013, at the QUT Faculty of Creative Industries J Block Design Lab Workshop in Brisbane, Australia, for 25 self-selected high-achieving junior and middle school (year 5-9) students, as part of the Queensland Academies ‘Young Scholars’ Program. Facilitated by tertiary interior design, fashion design and industrial design educators, technicians and six tertiary interior design and fashion design students, the workshop explored design process, environmental impact, the material properties and structural integrity of cardboard, construction techniques, and the production and evaluation of furniture design prototypes. This action research study aimed to facilitate an awareness in young people, of the role and scope of design within our society, the environmental ramifications of design decisions, and the value of design thinking skills in generating strategies to solve basic to complex challenges. It also aimed to investigate the value of collaboration between junior and middle school students, tertiary design educators and students and industry professionals in design awareness, and inspiring post-secondary pathways and idea generation for education.

During the creative event, students utilised mathematics skills and developed sketching, making, communication, presentation and collaboration skills to improve their design process, while considering social, cultural and environmental opportunities. Through a series of hands-on collaborative design experiments, participants explored in teams of five, the opportunities available using cardboard as a material – inspiring both functional and aesthetic design solutions. Underpinned by the State Library of Queensland Design Minds Website ‘inquire, ideate and implement’ model of design thinking, the experiments culminated in the development of a detailed client brief, the design and fabrication of a furniture item for seating, and then a team presentation of prototypes to a panel of judges from the professions of architecture, interior design and industrial design, viewed also by parents. The final test for structural integrity was measured by the hoisting down of an adult body weight onto the fabricated seat. The workshop was filmed for the television program ‘Totally Wild’ for dissemination nationally (over 200,000 viewing audience) of the value of design and the Design Minds model to a wider target youth audience.

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ID Code: 70162
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Manager, QLD Academies / QUT relationship
  • Kathy Mackey - Qld Academies
Administrator, QLD Academies students
  • Jackie Rudd- Qld Academies
Workshop manager
  • Simon Belton - QUT School of Design
Workshop technician
  • Steve Curran - QUT School of Design
Workshop technician
  • Phil Mergard - QUT School of Design
Design Judge
  • Paul Sanders - QUT School of Design
Design Judge
  • Surya Graf - Street and Garden Furniture
Design Judge
  • Scott Bagnell - One Alliance Project Consulting
Television presenter
  • Pip Russell - Totally Wild
Design assistant
  • Cassandra Smith - QUT School of Design student
Design assistant
  • Simone Lockley - QUT School of Design student
Design assistant
  • Emily Packer - Griffith University Education Student
Design assistant
  • Alice Hung - QUT School of Design student
Design assistant
  • Siobhan Byrne - QUT School of Design student
Design assistant
  • Caitlin Young - QUT School of Design student
Material: Creative work
Measurements or Duration: Day-long event
Location: From date: To date:
Gardens Point Campus, in conjunction with Queensland Academies 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Totally Wild, Channel 11, 8:00am 2013-11-18 2013-11-18
Keywords: Design Pressure Test, Queensland Academies, Interior design, Fashion design, Action research
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 15 Apr 2014 03:10
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2014 02:36

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