Design Minds The Big Picture Toolkit

Wright, Natalie & Hooper, Les (2012) Design Minds The Big Picture Toolkit. [Other]

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The Design Minds The Big Picture Toolkit was one of six K7-12 secondary school design toolkits commissioned by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL), to facilitate the delivery of the Stage 1 launch of its Design Minds online platform ( partnership initiative with Queensland Government Arts Queensland and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, on June 29, 2012. Design Minds toolkits are practical guides, underpinned by a combination of one to three of the Design Minds model phases of ‘Inquire’, ‘Ideate’ and ‘Implement’ (supported by at each stage with structured reflection), to enhance existing school curriculum and empower students with real life design exercises, within the classroom environment. Toolkits directly identify links to Naplan, National Curriculum, C2C and Professional Standards benchmarks, as well as the student capabilities of successful and creative 21st century citizens they seek to engender through design thinking. Inspired by the Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific Generation Workshop 2010 (, this toolkit explores, through three distinct exercises, ‘design for the other 90%’, addressing tools and approaches to diverse and changing social, cultural, technological and environmental challenges.

The Design Minds The Big Picture Toolkit challenges students to be active agents for change and to think creatively and optimistically about solutions to future global issues that deliver social, economic and environmental benefits. More generally, it aims to facilitate awareness in young people, of the role of design in society and the value of design thinking skills in generating strategies to solve basic to complex systemic challenges, as well as to inspire post-secondary pathways and idea generation for education. The toolkit encourages students and teachers to develop sketching, making, communication, presentation and collaboration skills to improve their design process, as well as explore further inquiry (background research) to enhance the ideation exercises. Exercise 1 focuses on the ‘Inquire’ phase, Exercise 2 the ‘Inquire’ and ‘Ideate’ phases, and Exercise 3 concentrates on the ‘Implement’ phase. Depending on the intensity of the focus, the unit of work could be developed over a 4-5 week program (approximately 4-6 x 60 minute lessons/workshops) or as smaller workshops treated as discrete learning experiences. The toolkit is available for public download from on the Design Minds website.

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ID Code: 70369
Item Type: Creative Work (Other)
Refereed: No
Funders: Library Board of Queensland
Material: Design Workshop Toolkit - Textual work
Number of Pieces: 1
Published Source: Design Minds Website
Publisher: State Library of Queensland
Keywords: Design Thinking, Design Education, Online Education, Design Workshop, Secondary School
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified (120399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Natalie Wright & the State Library of Queensland
Copyright Statement: Content published on the Design Minds website, including information, text, images, sounds and audiovisual material, will be licensed using a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Australia licence and will be protected by copyright and, where applicable, moral and cultural rights. Under this licence users of the site may distribute, remix and build upon content contained on the site, but must ensure it is for non-commercial purposes and that Natalie Wright and the State Library of Queensland are acknowledged as the original authors.
Deposited On: 23 Apr 2014 02:20
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2017 23:11

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