Design for Life: resources for schools

Did you know that many professional designers, including fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, visit museums to get inspiration for their work? The resources below can support your students in using our collections to develop their understanding of the design process and visual research.

You can also download a project case study; essential reading if you would like to find out more about the benefits and outcomes of working with a professional designer. The resources have been developed for use with Design and Technology students at Key Stage 3 or 4, but can be adapted to meet the needs and study focus of individual groups.

Inspired by design workshop and resources
Inspired by design is an exciting museum educator-led session in which pupils interact with the Ruskin Collection of natural history objects and illustrations at Millennium Gallery to gather ideas and inspiration to create an original design. 

Click here to find out about Inspired by design resources to support learning in the classroom and at the museum.

School project case study
Fifteen students at King Ecgbert Secondary School designed a piece of flatware (non-bladed tool) for eating food on the move, supported by designer silversmith, Victoria Kershaw. The students explored Museums Sheffield's Designated Collection of Metalwork to find inspiration for their designs.

Click here to download the School project case study.

Click here to get more tips and suggestions for working with a designer.

Other resources
Young people can find out more about design practice and careers using a range of Design for Life video resources.

Click here to view Meet the Designer resources on the My Learning website.

Click here to visit the V&A website for more videos, case studies, tips and resources.

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