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DesignClass is a resource site for people interesting in learning about design, engineering, graphics, manufacturing and craft.
There are a number of contributors to this site and we are grateful to them for sharing their resources and material.
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Everyone can sketch, honestly. However, we can all use a little guidance and a few pointers. Check out this great tutorial from Instructables.
Inspiration for design education from the USA. Well worth a look.
We’ve discovered Pexels. A fantastic source of free, yes FREE hi-
The Design Museum have a fantastic new building. Well worth a visit to see how design has influenced our lives.
After a long wait, the Higher Graphic Communication book has finally been released.
Please find some of the interesting links that have caught our eye recently.
If you think we have missed something we should be shouting about, send us an email and let us know.
N5 Graphic Communication CAD Exams are starting to go online, here. Only teachers can get the password -
N5 Engineering Science notes on Microcontrollers here (February 2017)
Advanced Higher Graphic Communication printing videos have been re-
Our first notes on Engineering Science are starting to come online, here (February 2017)
We’ve uploaded a huge number of N5 Graphic Communication CAD Tasks, about 20 in all…(January 2017)
A really, really sneaky, tricky and fiendish National 5 Graphic Communication CAD Practice (Plastic bucket) -
An update to our blog, with some S2 work.
Some National 5 Graphic Communication CAD tasks can be found here (January 2017)
Get the Higher Graphic Communication Book, course files here
We are re-
Another small CAD challenge for Higher Graphic Communication students, this time involving the loft command, here. [June 2016]
Inspiration for upcycled design can be found here. [June 2016]
N5 Design & Manufacture notes on design factors added here. [June 2016]
N5 Design & Manufacture notes on product aesthetics added here. [June 2016]
N5 Design & Manufacture notes on woods added here. [June 2016]
N5 Design & Manufacture wall furniture layout template uploaded, here. [June 2016]
A great sketching resource from Wacom and Xplain here [May 2016]
Bender from Futurama is here to test your 3D CAD modelling skills… [May 2016]
Try and make a 3D CAD model of this child’s bike, here [May 2016]
WE LIKE MINIONS! Try this challenging CAD challenge if you are about to study Higher Graphic Communication, here [May 2016]
Some more 3D CAD practice here… Time for the new Higher Graphic Communication students to get practicing… [May 2016]
Some helices 3D CAD practice for Higher Graphic Communication students, here [May 2016]
Graphic Communication Students -
Advanced Higher Project Marking, here. [April 2016]
More Higher Graphic Communication CAD practice… This time the ‘revolve’ tool. Find them here [April 2016]
Thanks to Scott Gordon and Deans Community High School for this fantastic Graphic Communication project! Check out Cork Pals, here… [April 2016]
Thanks to Andy Phee, who has created some fantastic revision material for Advanced Higher Graphic Communication! Here [April 2016]
Another Higher Graphic Communication CAD technique practice added here [April 2016]
More, Higher Graphic Communication practice CAD… (Extrude), here [April 2016]
Higher Graphic Communication practice CAD techniques (Sweep) (Now updated!), here [April 2016]
S2 ‘Hung up on Design’ task now coming online, here [April 2016]
Need an isometric grid sheet? Here you go [April 2016]
Thanks to Warner Printing PLC, we have 10 videos on commercial printing, useful for both Higher and Advanced Higher Graphic Communication students studying for the upcoming exams. See them here. [April 2016]
We’ve added some sketches for practicing manual illustration techniques. Find them here [April 2016]
We’ve added some 22 videos on graphical design elements and principles. Find them here [April 2016]
Simple two point perspective sketching video added here [April 2016]
Earbud Winder Design Folio trace sheet for a folio has been added here [April 2016]
We’re starting to upload our own stock images for rendering and DTP. A link for them is in each project where they need to be used. Alternatively, click here…
S1 Design Time project going online here… [March 2016]
N5 Design and Manufacture Quick Design Tasks added here [February 2016]
N5 Graphic Communication Project Zoovineer! Brief and Spec. here [February 2016]
N5 Graphic Communication Block and Pin Solidworks tutorial video here [February 2016)
S2 Cardboard photoframe Solidworks tutorial, here [February 2016]
S2 Digital Design Brief uploaded here [February 2016]
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Higher Intersectional Drawing Practice [January 2016] here
Higher Sectional Drawing Practice [January 2016] here
Earbud winder design folio task [January 2016] here
Higher Engineering Science Course Assessment Task guidance here
S2 Graphic Design and DTP tasks starting to go online here [January 2016]
Higher Graphic Communication Course Assessment Task Guidance here [January 2016]. Remember, your assessment task is 50% of your final grade!
N5 Design & Manufacture Course Assessment Task Guidance here [January 2016]
N5 Graphic Communication Course Assessment Task -
Lego CAD task added here! [December 2015]
Advanced Higher Graphic Communication Prelim has been uploaded here. Teachers, please email us for the password.
Interested in shaping and forming plastic?
NOW WITH NO SPELLING MISTAKES! (Oops!) Click here to find out what you need to know for Higher Design and Manufacture. [December 2015]
Higher Engineering Science Framed Structures revision here
N5 Engineering Science mechanisms notes here
National 5 Engineering Science exam paper practice questions, covering electronics, pneumatics, systems and mechanisms, here
Higher Engineering Science!! Huge upload of notes covering all areas of the course! Check them out here. These notes have been kindly created by the fantastic team at Craigmount High School, Edinburgh. [November 2015]
We do not permission to share them with other schools, but we will try to see if we can. Any student at Perth, email contact@DETstudio.com for a password or see your DET teacher.
N5 Engineering Science Gears & Drive Systems added here [November 2015]
N5 Engineering Science Pneumatics introduction here [November 2015]
N5 Design & Manufacture Ergonomics Notes are available now, here [November 2015]
N5 Design & Manufacture Mock Exam Results Delayed | Sorry class! They will be uploaded tomorrow. [November 2015]
Higher Graphic Communication Printing & Display Technologies notes (Draft) here [November 2015] Please give us feedback!
Graphic Communication simple packaging task added here [November 2015]
Design & Manufacture Learning Checklist here… [November 2015]
We want to say a big thank you to Mrs Gibson, who has left us to take over at Breadalbane High School as head of Design & Technology there. We are going to miss you!
Higher Graphic Communication AfL cover here… [October 2015]
Some design challenge tasks added to S1 [October 2015]
Gallery updated [October 2015]
We have some sad news… (for us!)
Mr. Hope has found a new job closer to home. He has been travelling a very long way to be with us. Mr Hope has been with us for 9 years and has made a fantastic contribution -
SQA Standard Terms & Symbols here [October 2015]
Metals Notes added here [October 2015]
Plastics Notes added here [October 2015]
N5 Graphic Communication DTP Task on Line and Alignment here [October 2015]
Higher Design & Manufacture Specification | here [September 2015]
Higher Design & Manufacture mini-
National 5 Technical Graphics & CAD unit exam uploaded. Sorry, only teachers get to have the password! (Just email if you want the password.) Click here.
And notes on Conservation of Energy here
Now, notes on Electrical and Heat energy…
And more N5 Engineering Science energy notes on kinetic and potential energy…
N5 Engineering Science introduction to Energy here…
Higher Graphic Communication wall bracket drawing here
Want to download SolidWorks? Click here… (you will need to get the code from us)
The section on Sections! (Sorry for the pun!)…. Anyway, N5 sectional drawings are here
The Centre Lathe | Download
N5 Graphic Communication Task Model Download…
Plastics Wanted! Task | here
S3/4 Engineering Science Study Support -
S5/6 Engineering Science Study Support -
Sketching 101 literacy terms added here [August 2015]
Engineering Science Practice Assignment Added here [July 2015]
Engineering Science Systems Notes Added [June 2015]
Higher Training Orthographic Drawings added [June 2015]
N5 Graphic Communication AifL Map [June 2015]
New Engineering Science Systems notes added [June 2015]
New videos on designers added for Higher Design & Manufacture [May 2015]
Higher Design & Manufacture Part 1 project brief uploaded… [May 2015]
Design Factor notes (overview) added now in N5 Design & Manufacture [May 2015]
Notes on Function for Design and Manufacture online now! [May 2015]
Engineering Science notes and tasks going online now… [May 2015]
Notes on Lookin’ Good! Aesthetics in Design and Manufacture here [May 2015]
Some N5 Design & Manufacture project notes going online [May 2015]
Want to know about the N5 Graphic Communication course… Gantt chart here
Some images of the S4 and S5 work going up. [April 2015]
Some new woodwork projects added (and a lot more to come!) [March 2015]
Some freehand sketching from our excellent S1 students! #Proud Look here [Feb 2015]
How would you make these…? [Jan 2015]
The new SQA Exemplar Papers have been added for Graphic Communication and Design and Manufacture (Higher Only) [Jan 2015]
N5 Design & Manufacture project coming together -
A brief note about metals… here [Jan 2015]
A brief note about wood… here [Jan 2015]
Introduction to DTP terms, here [Jan 2015]
Gallery update, with S1 work now added [Jan 2015]
N5 Graphic Communication, practice assemblies and exploded views here [Jan 2015]
N5 Graphic Communication, practice your orthographic and isometric drawing here [Jan 2015]
Try the modelling challenges here… Good practice for up coming Graphics prelims… [Dec 2014]
New video on sections added here (yes, it is Christmas, but hey…) [Dec 2014]
Merry Christmas and a happy new year folks!
S1 Earbud Winders getting completed [December 2014]
Documentaries on graphic designers added to Higher Graphic Communication [December 2014]
Just about everything is new right now. Check out all the course material added in the different sections [December 2014]
We’ve been pushing the Ultimaker-