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What is 3D Printing

3D Scanning | Year 8-9 Media (Superhero unit)

Lithophanes | Year 10 Art – Turning a charcoal drawing into a 3D printed Lithophane

Year 9 & 10 Electronics & Robotics

Year 10 Architecture & VCAL Micro buisness using Kinematics 4D & Cell Cycle Apps (Sculpture & Jewellery Making)

Teaching students how to use CAD (Computer Aided Design)

Online repository – Thingiverse allows students to download 3D models ready for print or Re-Engineering


4 Creative Thinking Techniques – Design tools for Brainstorming, Generating ideas & Concept design

1] Mr Squiggle Technique:

The basic premise of the show: children wrote in with their “squiggles” and Mr. Squiggle would turn them into recognisable drawings by connecting lines with his pencil nose. More often than not, the picture would be drawn upside down.

Instead of starting with a traditional thumbnail, draw a large squiggle shapes on a blank document. These shapes serve as the scaffolding for a more detailed drawing. There aren’t many ‘rules’ for this exercise, but it’s important to stick to the initial scribble for the major shapes. Inside of those forms you’re free to elaborate and add details.

[The idea of “automatic drawing” has its roots in the early 20th century. The surrealists (visual artists and writers) coined the term to describe their cutting edge creations. For them it was a way to tap into the subconscious and create unorthodox artwork.]

Mr squiggle Wassily Kandisky Wassily Kandisky


2] Observation into Visualisation: Remember when you were little and you would lay on the grass and look up into the clouds trying to make out animals and things.

You can get inspired from anything and everything. Ideas are everywhere, you just have to develop your ability to see something in something else. From your observations can you turn them into visualisation sketches?

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Example of observation to visualisation - Samuel Purdie
Example of observation to visualisation – Samuel Purdie
Example of observation to visualisation - Samuel Purdie
Example of observation to visualisation – Samuel Purdie
Example of observation to visualisation - Samuel Purdie
Example of observation to visualisation – Samuel Purdie


Samuel Purdie’s Blog – Drawing from inspiration – Please visit Sam’s Blog to see his most current work. Sam is currently studying Industrial Design


Designers You should know

Industrial Design  

Paul Preistman

Jonathan Ive

Jasper Morrison

Marc Newson

Ettore Sottsass

Charles and Ray Eames

Dieter Rams

Environmental Design

Karim Rashid

Philippe Starck

Zaha Hadid

Ieoh Ming Pei

Frank Gehr y

Frank Lloyd Wright

Le Corbusier

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Sir Norman Foster

Renzo Piano

Martin Brudnizki

Miles Redd

Santiago Calatrava

Daniel Libeskind

Bjarke Ingels



Chip Kidd

Eddie Opara

Michael Bierut

Massimo Vignelli

Herbert Matter

Herb Lubalin

Nooma Bar

Paul Rand

Year 9 Design Electives

Year 9 Models & Construction

In year 9 students first get a taste for model making. We focus on Foam Core model making techniques and with the Sneaker Project we look to unleash each students unique creativity. At year 10 students get the opportunity to building on their basic model making skills with a focus on Architectural model making both 2D using Sketchup & 3D hand made physical models. These subjects prepare and equip our students for VCE Design, over the years our VCE students have achieved amazing results.


Sneaker Project:

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FoamCore Radio Models

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Digital Design

Students learn the basics of Advertising and Marketing. Students get insights into the Advertising industry and discuss what makes a design effective.

Students learn to use Adobe Photoshop CS5 which is an industry standard software to a basic-intermidiate level. Students that are considering or have a passion for Design have the opportunity to develop their skills at WCC from years 9 to 12. This streamlining of design subjects has seen our VCE students achieved amazing.

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Presentation Board Layout Tips

So you have your design done! Now it is time to present it to the class and hand-it in for marking.

One of the most crucial parts of the design process is the presentation and the selling of your concept. You have worked on your design process for weeks now and your presentation is where you get to showcase the best aspects, features of your design. You want to make sure you put your design in the ‘ Spot Light


1 ) Plain background colours work best.

Use white, grey and on a VERY special occasion black. The content is the focus not the pretty background that you have spent hours perfecting.

A good tip for a background – is to  take one of your perspective, parraline drawings and change the opacity/transparency value  so that it doesn’t detract from the design.

2) Use ONE FONT! and if you can…max 3 sizes of font to create visual hierarchy 

The largest of the fonts should be for the title,  the second largest (maximum size 12 font) should be for the text in your paragraphs, and the third should be for referencing key elements of your design images.

3)  Structure the content of your boards from most important to least!

This is my list of what I believe is most important to least (note: this will occasionally change)

  • Informative statement that is concise which tells us about the features and benefit of your design. This statement should sell your design
  • Perspective or Isometric view that best shows off your design ( This should be the biggest image)
  • Floor Plan or Site Plan or Orthogonal drawings ( Front + Top + Side views)
  • Elevations – For architecture it’s important to include at least 2 elevation views – East / West / Top
  • Hand drawings / renders that shows your design morphing from brainstorming to refinement
  • Cropped close up views or particular features of your design that you feel it’s important for the viewer to know.

4) Include concept and development sketches.

Even if they aren’t perfect scaled drawings but just a side panel of quick vignettes (a vignette is a small sketch) that show how your idea developed from a blob to the wondrous creation it is now.

5) Text should be in short key sentences.

Your board is your way of showing your design VISUALLY. If you need to explain your design – do it in your oral presentation. Nobody wants to read an essay on your design, and nobody will read it if you put it there. An overload of text is just a waste of space!

 6) Don’t forget to put your name. 

Do I have to say more…..?

7) Use ICT –

Use the Computer method to layout your presentation board. Use Illustrator or Photoshop to construct your A3 board. If you need to scan any hand drawn images using the photocopier and email them directly to your email.

8) Do not clutter your boards with rubbish (non-related stuff).

Provide some empty space to ‘free’ your boards, Negative white space is good, it allows the viewer to ease into your board and not get overwhelmed   You will not get better marks by showing more information – it is the quality not quantity that counts here!

 9) DO NOT leave your boards to the last minute!

Plan your design at least a couple of days before hand so that you at least know where you are going to place things! If you rush it, then it will look rushed!

10) Get inspired.

The best way to learn is by looking at others works – preferably other professional or uni students. Look at various examples and write down, drawn the best bits you like. Then by using your creativity and the inspiration you found you should be able to create an amazing striking presentation board.

Presentation Board Examples:

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