Module 4 Production Design

Innovative Thinking

This unit is putting the theory of the first three units into practise. You will have an opportunity to consider how innovation is obviously designing something brand new but also how we can use different materials and methods to produce exisiting products in a responsible way.

Module 4: Product Design

Students will be expected to:

4.1 Demonstrate their knowledge of the factors which influence effective product design

4.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of human from in the design of products (ergonomics)

4.3 Describe how the design of products may be affected by the environment in which they are to be used including extreme and toxic environments

4.4 Describe the responsibility designers have toward the human and natural environment

4.5 Describe a range of economic factors which influence effective product design

4.5 Describe a range of economic factors which influence effective product design

4.6 Demonstrate competency in the use of tools useful in the design of products

4.7 Apply the elements and principles of design, and processes associated with design, as they apply to product design

4.8 Identify and use mechanical systems to effectively analyse a product design

4.9 Select, organize, and present designs for a range of products

4.91 Select and use appropriate tools and materials


Product Tank

You now get to try your hand at the design process of:

  • Creating a better/different version of an existing product using recycled materials.
  • Sketching a industrial design
  • Building/creating a prototype
  • Pitching your idea
  • Bringing your product to market


Bottle Cap Pencil Sharper


Yarn Lamp Shade


Rustic Candle Holder

Module 5: Design Project

Students will be expected to:

5.1 Develop and refine a proposal for an investigation or the development of a product, communication, or environment

5.2 Identify information needs and locate and evaluate resources

5.3 Identify and extend, refine, and/or acquire required skills

5.4 Share research and reflections

5.5 Make project decisions which demonstrate creativity, innovation, and a willingness to take risks

5.6 Set deadlines and develop a work plan to manage time and resources

5.7 Develop a plan for monitoring their progress and judging success and contribute to the criteria used for evaluation

5.8 Gather, organize, and synthesize information and ideas

5.9 Present the results of their work

5.91 Reflect on and assess their own learning and the learning of others

Sustainability by design

Humans are builders and creators—but how can we build thoughtfully, without waste? These talks explore sustainable design—both past and present—and its beautiful, inspiring results.

01 -Catherine Mohr builds green.mp4


The tradeoffs of building green

In a short, funny, data-packed talk at TED U, Catherine Mohr walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house — looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think.

02 - How to grow fresh air _ Kamal Meattle.mp4


How to grow fresh air

Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

03 - Rachel Armstrong_ Architecture that repairs itself_.mp4


Architecture that repairs itself?

Venice is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.

04 - Michael Pawlyn_ Using nature's genius in architecture.mp4


Using nature's genius in architecture

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

05 - Mike Biddle_ We can recycle plastic.mp4


We can recycle plastic

Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals — because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.

06 - Eben Bayer_ Are mushrooms the new plastic_.mp4


Are mushrooms the new plastic?

Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens — and the environment.

07 - Mitchell Joachim_ Don't build your home, grow it!.mp4


Don't build your home, grow it!

TED Fellow and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and — wait for it — meat.

08 - Anupam Mishra_ The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting.mp4


The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These ancient aqueducts and stepwells are still used today — and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.

09 - How we can eat our landscapes _ Pam Warhurst.mp4


How we can eat our landscapes

What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

10 - Creative houses from reclaimed stuff - Dan Phillips.mp4


Creative houses from reclaimed stuff

In this funny and inspiring talk, Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he's built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own drive to make more with less.


11 - Leyla Acaroglu_ Paper beats plastic_ How to rethink environmental folklore.mp4


Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.

12 - Jessica Green_ Good germs make healthy buildings.mp4


We're covered in germs. Let's design for that.

Our bodies and homes are covered in microbes — some good for us, some bad for us. As we learn more about the germs and microbes who share our living spaces, TED Fellow Jessica Green asks: Can we design buildings that encourage happy, healthy microbial environments?