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EVALUATE – 4. Key Events (History)

Where on the timeline did a design or product occur, leading to the sequence of design improvements for a product.

Why do we need to know about past product?

Having an understanding of what has happened before will allow you to produce better designs. Have you ever heard the phrase “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel”, well that means it’s been done so don’t spend ages on reproducing it in your design, just use it. Knowledge of the past is powerful.

What examples of products could I look at that have developed over time?

Designers are always looking at the products that they have produced and asking what could be better. If you continue this process then the product will always develop. Examples of mainstream products are the Motor Car, Mobile Phone, Television and a Food Mixer.

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What are design styles?

Design styles are when a group of designers produce products that are similar in style. They could have the same themes, shapes or use the materials in a certain way. You’ll see when you look at the powerpoint.

What are some examples of design styles?

Design styles can fit into periods of time/history or even current theories. Some examples are:

Victorian, Edwardian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Memphis, Pop Art & Space Age.

What Would A World With Self-Driving Cars Look Like?

Follow these hyperlinks to learn more:-

  1. 50 Iconic Designs
  2. The Design Museum

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