Monday, November 30, 2020

Hello Design by Isabel Thomas and Aurelie Guillerey

Hello Design by Isabel Thomas and Aurelie Guillerey

Published November 2020 Penguin


A design can be as small as a toothbrush . . . or as BIG as a skyscraper. Every design starts in someone's imagination - an imagination just like yours. Travel through one day and discover how the world around you has been designed - even though we don't always realise it! Question HOW everyday items have been designed, and WHY they look the way they do. Guaranteed to make you see the world a little differently, pick up your pencil and imagine your own designs. What will you design? With facts and questions to inspire all budding designers and get creative minds whirring - and featuring iconic designs from the enthusiasts at the V&A.

I have been waiting for this book to come out all year. I loved the sound of it, and it hasn’t disappointed me.

Engineering and design are a big focus in schools, but when we think of design, we might think of big or obvious things like cars, clothes and houses, when in fact, design is everywhere.

This book looks at the story of everyday objects, and makes you realise that designers have created pretty much everything around you. From your toothbrush, to your lunchbox, even this very book. 

The book is broken up into daily activities, and the elements of design are discussed.  Why something was made, who was it made for, how have designs may have changed over time.

There are also task/question boxes.  For example:

What differences can you spot between the way your home and your school are designed?

Design the perfect lunchbox or playground game.

This book is published in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s leading museum of art and design. At the back of the book there are Credits pages, giving credit to the actual designers whose items in the V & A collection inspired some of the illustrations in the book.

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