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Product Analysis

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by misspixie9, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Hi

    Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for suitable products to discuss with year 7 classes, for product analysis? Normally I'd use "leftover" pieces from previous year groups to fit in with the current project, but I have an interview lesson coming up, and I can't decide what to use. I'm torn between products like mobile phones/iPods, which would have to be purely image based, either via powerpoint or on worksheets, or something that can be handled - but then I get stuck on what to use! I've got a selection of torches that I've thought about using (mainly because I know I'd have enough for each small group to have one to look at), but I'm unsure about it. I *think* I'll go with the torches, but I'm just not convinced there isn't a better idea somewhere!

    Does anyone have any ideas about eiher of those, or any other suggestions? I've got a little time to play with still, just trying to get everything under control as soon as I can!

  2. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    This was what I did for one interview and it went well. Have also taken in objects I own at home for another lesson that went down well (look at Pyrones/Alessi/Fred product) They particularly liked the Mouse hot pan holder by Fred.
    Personally I avoid products they've seen too much as they're desensitised to thinking about how it really looks/functions etc. I find I get the best results when they explore something new but that's just me.
    Good luck x

  3. I did this lesson and used Alessi products. We have a local DT Co ordinator who will lend designer products to schools so it may be worth asking around if anyone does this.
  4. I have a box of assorted types of coat hangers which is wheeled out if we need an emergency cover lesson. They are different types, shapes, colours, materials and sizes etc. It's surprising how infrequently you look at common items and with lower year groups its interesting to see how many only know one type.
  5. Hi Pixie.

    Go for the Alessi Juicy Salif Lemon Juicer by Phillipe Starck. They'll be amazed when they find out it's not actually a spaceship - especially if you can do a little photoshop [​IMG]

  6. Thanks for your suggestions everyone - I think I'm all set now, so just crossing the fingers and hoping all goes to plan!

  7. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    This was used as a spaceship in a herbal essences ad. Don't know if you saw it?
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  8. Use the good old access FM laid out in a star diagram on a product such as Alessi's Chico. I also have the ***** Mia Fred Egg cup too and the kids love seeing them. Only problem, is they are &pound;9 each but are so funky and cool they'll be design classics. Keep the actual objects on a viewing table and do colour photocopy sheets for them to work on. Worked a treat for me.
  9. Hi,
    I did this for an interview several years ago.... NOVELTY PENS this was a great hit with year 7s.. they loved it.
    I also helped a student teacher we had with the same interview lesson.. he did the pens too & got the job!
  10. TES Resource Team

    TES Resource Team Occasional commenter Institute Enrolment Advisor

    Yep, ACCESSFM works everytime I reckon! If you go to www.accessfm.com you will not only find the definitive version but also a few examples of products that have been analysed already, just go to resources and then case studies. Looked at a clever chair called the "Flip it" and the older version of the ipod nano.
    Spencer Herbert
    TES DT Advisor
  11. a colleague who came for interview years ago, arrived with a collection of orange juicers, bags of oranges and aprons. The students loved it. the Head observed him and said "I dont think he would do that too often." True, he has never done it again!

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