“Design can be innovative, beautiful, interesting, boring, cutting edge, and more, but at its heart, design is a cycle. Constantly exploring, finding solutions to complex problems, and following the pattern of defining problems, discovering ideas, developing prototypes and delivering a product, this four-point cycle keeps the design process flowing.”
Recently, our Grade 7 design students took on a special challenge – converting stories from middle school Chinese text books into an accessible form for younger children. With concepts and skills learnt in their design class, they made pop-up books, and recently went to our lower primary school to share their 3D stories with our younger students.
This challenge was not an academic study of design theory, but fully exercised students’ innovative and creative abilities. Students learned how to engage with the interests and needs of another group in the process of making their books and sharing their stories, and developed both their head-knowledge, handcraft-skills, and heart-interest and passion for quality design. Let’s listen together to BWYA design teacher Celia Fu’s introduction to this unit in the short video below.