You should already have discovered that Design and Technology is about more than simply making things. It is about understanding materials, markets, needs and products. Some designers have been particularly successful and made great reputations by designing things as far apart as Intercontinental trains, kettles,
furniture, vacuum cleaners, cars, shavers, bookcases and buildings.
You should now appreciate they all start with the same brief; products are designed to satisfy specific needs. Here are a few of those designers and web sites that might allow you to follow some web-trails to find out more about these and other designers. Whilst looking through their work ask if
their designs also affect what we ultimately expect of new products, building and artwork designs.
Most people would now agree that it would be hard to argue against the fact that the society in which we live has been significantly altered by the impact of 'design' but this brings with it the need for designers to be aware of the implications of their work. If the designs for a new car, boat, plane, train or building leeds to an increase in - for example - the number of cars purchased or the amount of fuel we use then surely we are need to ensure that designs and products should not be detrimantal in secondary ways. We are well into the age of needing creative but 'sustainable design'
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