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This is the official podcast of the Design and Technology Association. 'Designed for life' aims to entertain, inform and inspire, bringing the worlds of business and industry together. Design and Technology is a wide-ranging curriculum subject that, along with qualifications in other facilitating subjects, can open doors to students across an ever-increasing breadth of career. England was the first country in the world to introduce this subject to its mainstream curriculum offer in 1988. Where we led others, have followed and in various guises, it is now taught in countries around the world including India, Australia, China, USA, France and Finland. This podcast consists of a series of short, informal conversations with people from across the worlds of education, industry and design. The intention is to help to link business, industry and education, as the solutions to tomorrows problems are being educated today!

Designed for Life Tony Ryan CEO Design & Technology Association

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

This is the official podcast of the Design and Technology Association. 'Designed for life' aims to entertain, inform and inspire, bringing the worlds of business and industry together. Design and Technology is a wide-ranging curriculum subject that, along with qualifications in other facilitating subjects, can open doors to students across an ever-increasing breadth of career. England was the first country in the world to introduce this subject to its mainstream curriculum offer in 1988. Where we led others, have followed and in various guises, it is now taught in countries around the world including India, Australia, China, USA, France and Finland. This podcast consists of a series of short, informal conversations with people from across the worlds of education, industry and design. The intention is to help to link business, industry and education, as the solutions to tomorrows problems are being educated today!

    Designed for Life - End of Year Compilation 2021

    Designed for Life - End of Year Compilation 2021

    From a vague lockdown concept in summer 2020, it's difficult to believe that Designed for Life is now pushing 10,000 downloads, has been listened to in eighty-one countries across all six continents and we have plans to double that reach with higher download figures and more episodes next year.

    As an end of year treat for your ears, we thought that as an end of year gift to you, we would create a quick compilation featuring a few clips from some of our wonderful guests across 2021. I hope you find time over the break to grab a tea or coffee,  settle in a comfy chair and grab 52 minutes of 'me time' listening to some of the best bits of Designed for Life across 2021. 

    Thank you so much for listening and we look forward to bringing you a string of new, exciting guests next year. Wishing you all a safe, happy and joy-filled holiday. 

    This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation https://www.edge.co.uk/ inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  https://www.ptc.com/en/news/2020/ptc-onshape-education-enterprise-plan-available-free-of-charge

    We are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support. 

    • 52 min
    Designed for Life - In conversation with Andrew Walton

    Designed for Life - In conversation with Andrew Walton

    Andrew is a Design teacher who for the last four years has worked at Dulwich College Beijing. We reached out to Andrew having seen the quality of work produced by his students showcased on social media and this conversation has so much to offer,  for educators and students worldwide. 

    Born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, Andrew followed an unconventional pathway to his teaching career, first following a route to engineering and, realising this was not for him, switching to EFL teaching and packing everything that he owned into a large rucksack and heading to China. 

    After a few years of travelling that included some time spent in South Korea, it was Andrew's wife that suggested that he might want to take teaching seriously. It turns out this was not a bad idea and they returned to New Brunswick where Andrew qualified as a teacher and taught for two years in a local school. 

    This experience was challenging, and in Andrew's own words the experience "took the shine off something that he loved" and Andrew returned to China and an educational institution but this time in a position within school communications and marketing. 

    Once a teacher it sort of stays in the blood, and Andrew returned to teaching and is doing some amazing work with his students in Beijing. 

    This conversation touches on personal growth, pedagogy, the need to acknowledge but then learn how to silence the inner critic that exists in us all, but mostly this is a powerful story of personal growth and how to become the very best that you can be. Huge thanks to Andrew for sparing us the time in a busy schedule to record this podcast. 

    In the pod, we reference Andrew's website https://www.andrewwalton.ca/ We also mention the Nik Ramage and artist and sculptor, who can be found on Instagram or here at www.nikramage.com Finally we reference the Stoic Coffee Break podcast - available on all platforms.  

    So sit back, relax and enjoy Designed for Life - In conversation with Andrew Walton. 

    This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation https://www.edge.co.uk/ inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  https://www.ptc.com/en/news/2020/ptc-onshape-education-enterprise-plan-available-free-of-charge

    We are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support. 

    • 58 min
    Designed for Life - In conversation with Ewan McIntosh

    Designed for Life - In conversation with Ewan McIntosh

    We are delighted and privilidged to be able to talk with Ewan McIntosh in this Episode of Designed for Life, the podcast brought to you by the Design and Technology Association with the support of our friends and sponsors at The Edge Foundation and PTC Onshape. 

    Ewan has built a reputation leading projects around the world for clients in education and industry, and is internationally reknown as  a pioneer of design thinking for learning in the classroom. Ewan is the passionate and energising tour de force behind NoTosh a company that he founded to help people to think differently and change the way that they function as individuals, as part of a team and as part of an organisation. He’s a highly-regarded keynote speaker and host at events around the world, marrying intense prep work and a natural capacity to listen and shine a light on the best stories participants have to share.
    As a French and German high school teacher in Scotland, Ewan wanted to find new ways to help students engage with learning – he felt strongly that technology was both critical to achieving this and remained underused in the classroom, so his classes were among the first in Europe to podcast and blog as part of their daily learning. The classroom also resembled a French cafe complete with coffee and the smell of warm patisserie. A hula hoop placed at the front of the classroom was the only place you could stand if you wanted to speak English...the same rules applied to the headteacher as they did the students, as he wanted them "immersed in language". 
    Ewan spent three years taking these ideas to schools around Scotland, as National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures for the Scottish Government. Joining Channel 4 as their Digital Commissioner in 2008 was a step in a different direction. But it was while he was with Channel 4 that he became fascinated by the strategies and tactics that his creative colleagues used to create imaginative and truly engaging digital services for young people. Could he take this insight and make it work in an education setting? Yes, I reckoned he could... and that’s how NoTosh came about.

    This is a fascinating conversation with so many learning points for teachers, educators and leaders in any capacity. So grab yourself an hour of 'me time', find a chair, take a walk, take us to the gym and listen to Designed for Life; in conversation with Ewan McIntosh. 

    This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation https://www.edge.co.uk/ inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  https://www.ptc.com/en/news/2020/ptc-onshape-education-enterprise-plan-available-free-of-charge

    We are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Designed for Life - In conversation with Helen O'Sullivan

    Designed for Life - In conversation with Helen O'Sullivan

    This episode of Designed for Life follows the journey of a teacher who from day one of her career has worked tirelessly to make sustainability and conversation around this critical topic the very centre of her classroom practice.

    Introduced at a very young age to the concept of making her own clothes by her nan, Helen has always been motivated by the need to conserve resources and not buy into consumerist fashion trends. Helen has come to education and learning as a mature student following an underwhelming experience at school as a student. The fact that she has just started a PhD is testament to the progress that she has made both personally and professionally over the last eight years.

    On joining her school (Penryheol Comprehensive School, Swansea) she immediately set about introducing elements of sustainable thinking to her textiles classroom. Supported by an open-minded Head of Department this work has spread across all aspects of the departments work with the seventeen UN sustainability goals providing a framework for learning in D&T.

    The introduction of the new Curriculum for Wales provided the opportunity for the school senior team to look at best-practice within the department and explore how this might influence the wider curriculum and whole school planning.

    Helen has involved her students in outreach work, has recently started a PhD at Portsmouth University in the faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, looking at how sustainability can work better in primary schools through organised parental/family workshops. She has also been involved in the Chariocity Project instigated by the Centre for Circular Design https://www.circulardesign.org.uk/research/chariocity/

    So if you ever wondered just how engaged young people can be in involving themselves in the worlds sustainability issues, then sit back, plug those earphones in and listen to Designed for Life - In conversation with Helen O'Sullivan.

    Teachers can access free resources for Helen's projects and standalone activities (inc the garment worker profiles and SDG passport) from the SustFashWales Education pages on the website here: https://sustfashwales.org/education/ (primary is in progress, but there are resources on KS3 already).

    This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation https://www.edge.co.uk/ inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  https://www.ptc.com/en/news/2020/ptc-onshape-education-enterprise-plan-available-free-of-charge

    We are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Designed for Life - In conversation with WMG Academy (1)

    Designed for Life - In conversation with WMG Academy (1)

    This podcast offers something a little different as we talk to staff and alumni students from WMG Academy for Young Engineers, a UTC situated in Coventry. 

    For those unfamiliar, UTCs or 'University Technical Colleges' to give them their full title are government-funded schools with a heavy STEM curriculum focus. The original UTCs filled with students from age 13/14 (year 9) to the sixth form, although a small number have since received government permission to recruit from year 7 (11 years old).  

    WMG Academy opened just a little over seven years ago and from day one set out to connect with local business and industry, offering SMEs and multi-national companies the same opportunity to assist in curriculum delivery through talks, workshop participation and providing both case studies and context for student learning.  The UTC movement inspires and informs young people by showing them the plethora of opportunities available within the engineering, manufacturing, digital and design sectors. 

    In this podcast, we are fortunate to be in conversation with:
    Andrew Kyprianou - Head of Faculty for Engineering and Design at WMGChloe Copeland - Apprentice Civil Engineer Atkins and alumni of WMG AcademyReece Stowe - Apprentice Civil Engineer (Planning and Project Control) Balfour Beatty and alumni of WMG AcademyJosh Oldham - Manufacturing Degree Apprentice - Aston Martin and alumni of WMG AcademySo sit back, plug those ear pods in and enjoy Designed for Life - In conversation with WMG Academy for Young Engineers

    https://coventry.wmgacademy.org.uk/

    This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation https://www.edge.co.uk/ inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  https://www.ptc.com/en/news/2020/ptc-onshape-education-enterprise-plan-available-free-of-charge

    We are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support. 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    In conversation with Richard Heayes

    In conversation with Richard Heayes

    This episode was recorded some time ago but I have held it for release in the buildup to Christmas; so please do excuse the format not being quite the same as the latest pods. In this podcast, we are privileged to be in conversation with Richard Heayes a master of toy and games design.  

    Richard trained in Industrial Design but, through a combination of chance and serendipity, transitioned over time into the guru of games and toys that he is today. 

    Richard was Principal Designer and Global Design Director for over eight years for Hasbro, one of the biggest game and toy companies in the world and owners/makers of such well-known brands as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Taboo.  In this time, he managed everything from design through to manufacture and marketing of 'memories in a box'. 

    Seven years ago, Richard set up his company Heayes Design which prides itself in its holistic approach to game and toy design, manufacture, marketing and distribution. He now uses his wide expertise and the empathy that is second nature to him as a designer to bring ideas to life and ultimately to market.

    What makes a good game? Richard's response:

    -  Is it inclusive? Does it make you feel smart? No one wants to feel stupid playing 
        a game
    -  Is it social? Does it encourage social engagement?
    -  Does it make you feel happy?

    So grab a tea or a coffee, pull up a chair and listen to Designed for Life in conversation with Richard Heayes. 

    This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors The Edge Foundation https://www.edge.co.uk/ inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  https://www.ptc.com/en/news/2020/ptc-onshape-education-enterprise-plan-available-free-of-charge
    We are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support. 

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Sophie Griffiths ,

Designed for life podcast

An Incredibly inspiring podcast for a Ect DT teacher who has come to teaching late in life after 30 years as a designer, I really enjoy listening to the variety of guests who are connected to DT education,fascinating!

casluck ,

Engaging Enlightening and makes me want to “make”

Brilliant series of podcasts! As a mature trainee D&T teacher I am loving listening to the marvelous stories from all the guests. They help provide context for lessons and get the mind buzzing about all the opportunities that there are out there.
Fascinating insights to the working life of designers which, I can relate to on so many levels and always links back to classroom practice in some way.
I only wish there was an episode released per day!

Tales in Style ,

Positive solutions and a discussion around agency

Thank you! I loved this. It is always inspiring to hear committed professionals sharing a constructive vision for the future.

This was a comfortable mix of personal experience, academic research with a call to action.

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