Product Design

More than a product of its parts

A product designer can analyse everyday problems and develop concepts to overcome them. Our Product Design pupils develop their skills as problem solvers by creating new and exciting products to meet the needs of specific groups of people.

Brentwood School offers both Product Design and Resistant Materials at GCSE Level.

A solution evolves through creative thinking. Apply systems you’ve come across in an entirely different context. Use materials in an unexpected way. Turn the world on its head. Why did no one think of that before? Because they’re not a product designer!

Then the real fun begins...

The machines hum and the workshop comes alive; your skill and craftsmanship takes a block of material - and from it emerges a useful product. It’s not bad looking too: Raymond Loewy’s streamlining phase? Or is it more Philippe Starck?

Now it’s time for some technology. The lasers will cut this part far more accurately than you can by hand. No luddites here, thank you. If at first you don’t succeed, re-draw the CNC file and set the machine running again.

Your client loves it, except for that part there. A sketch, a model and a new CAD drawing: you're ready for mark two. 

Observe your creation in action. Review its effectiveness. Yes, it works perfectly...or does it?

What effect will it have on the environment? What will happen to it when its owner no longer wants it? Have you made it as carbon neutral as it could be?

Problem solved. You're a product designer.


Inspired by Design: Trip to the Institute of Education

In November Mr Harvey & Mr Eckton lead a group of  A Level students to the annual ‘inspired by design’ series of lectures at the London University Institute of Education.  This trip offers students the chance to see the work of practicing designers and to hear what it is like to work in the field of product design. 

Students were impressed and inspired by a talk delivered from the designers of the Olympic torch and were keen to discuss their views on its futuristic design.  Another creation which caught our young designer’s imaginations was conductive paint.  The concept of paint conducting electricity raises many design possibilities and pupils were keen to explore this material further.

In addition to the academic side of the lectures, the pupils enjoyed being immersed in a university environment, as for some this was their first visit to a university. 

As in previous years, Pascal, the event organiser entertained, baffled or annoyed depending on your outlook.  He can always be relied upon to push design ideas to the limits.

Students opting to study Resistant Materials or Graphics at Sixth Form can look forward to attending this event in the Lower Sixth.