Design By Design

Synopsis

Clive Catterall tries to bring together modern ideas about thinking and the experience of working as a professional designer. Experience gathered through many conversations with professional designers and his own work over more than thiry years.

Episodes

  • 21- Kinematic Design - Woodlathe Case Study

    21- Kinematic Design - Woodlathe Case Study

    27/04/2019 Duration: 17min

    An example of good Kinematic Design. A commercially produced manual wood lathe. We look at how the design is fitted to the environment of a woodworking shop, and what characteristics to look for when trying to spot overconstraint in your own designs.

  • 20- Kinematic Design - Introduction

    20- Kinematic Design - Introduction

    31/03/2019 Duration: 14min

    How kinematic Design can help make designs more accurate and repeatable. Constraints and Degrees of Freedom. Why having too many constraints is just as bad as having too few.

  • 19- Recording Design Thinking - Making it Useful

    19- Recording Design Thinking - Making it Useful

    11/01/2019 Duration: 12min

    How do we record our design record as clearly as possible? How do we record it in a way that makes it easy for others to understand. Should we be writing at all?

  • 18- Recording Design Thinking - Investigations

    18- Recording Design Thinking - Investigations

    07/12/2018 Duration: 13min

    What sort of information do we need to record during Investigation stages of a Project? How do we make sure we have all of the information to solve our problems or prove the feasibility of our product?

  • 17- Recording Design Thinking - What to Record As We Design

    17- Recording Design Thinking - What to Record As We Design

    12/10/2018 Duration: 13min

    What sort of information do we need to record as we design a product. Who are we writing for, and what do they need to know?

  • 16- Recording Design Thinking - Why We Dont Do It

    16- Recording Design Thinking - Why We Don't Do It

    11/10/2018 Duration: 13min

    As well as all of the drawings and diagrams needed to make our products, we need to record lots of other information about our designs to keep them in produciton. But we don't often get around to it. Why?

  • 15- Brainstorming - Running the Session

    15- Brainstorming - Running the Session

    10/10/2018 Duration: 15min

    How do you run a brainstorm session to get the best out of your team? How do you prepare the team beforehand, and how do you get things going and keep them going in the session itself? And what notes should you keep?

  • 14 - Brainstorming - Picking the Team

    14 - Brainstorming - Picking the Team

    09/10/2018 Duration: 14min

    If a team of people can come up with ideas more efficiently than a single person, how does the make up of that team influence that efficiency? How do you mix the personalities and experience to make the team work the best?

  • 13 - Brainstorming

    13 - Brainstorming

    07/10/2018 Duration: 17min

    Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to come up with ideas when you work with others? Brainstorming is an idea generating technique that takes advantage of this effect. How Brainstorming works and how to make it work better.

  • 12 - Evaluation

    12 - Evaluation

    15/07/2018 Duration: 10min

    Often you can think of many different ways to solve your problems. But with complex problems you usually find that some solutions are good in one area and not in others. How do you choose which idea to develop? And who do you pick to help you?

  • 11 - Ideation 2

    11 - Ideation 2

    12/07/2018 Duration: 11min

    More on the mysterious process of ideation and how techniques can speed up access to the ideas circulating in your brain.

  • 10 - Ideation 1

    10 - Ideation 1

    11/07/2018 Duration: 11min

    This is where the magic happens. You have done all of the preparation, you have let your mind turn it all over, so how do you create the spark to produce a great idea.

  • 9 - Incubation

    9 - Incubation

    09/07/2018 Duration: 12min

    Once you have done all of the preparation and packed your brain full of good stuff you just let your subconscious get on with idea generation. But how do you start the process? And how do you keep it going?

  • 8 - Preparation - The Design

    8 - Preparation - The Design

    17/03/2018 Duration: 14min

    The parts of preparation that are specific to the new design. Working out what it has to do, mapping out the difficult parts, and what designs already exist. The ethics of tear-downs.

  • 7 - Preparation - Existing Solutions

    7 - Preparation - Existing Solutions

    11/03/2018 Duration: 13min

    Most mechanical designs are transfers of ideas from one tecnology area to another. So to get better at mechanical design you need to build up a good knowledge of exsiting solutions. How designs have been solved in the past.

  • 6 - Preparation - Thinking Skills

    6 - Preparation - Thinking Skills

    10/03/2018 Duration: 10min

    Inventing is a skill in itself that needs to be developed through practise. The importance of working in a supportive environment. Encouragement to just keep going.

  • 5 - Preparation - Skills and Knowledge

    5 - Preparation - Skills and Knowledge

    15/12/2017 Duration: 10min

    How you build up the knowledge needed to practice as a mechanical designer. How practical skills are essential to allow you to build up a feel for engineering so you can think like a designer.

  • 4 - Stages of Idea Generation

    4 - Stages of Idea Generation

    01/12/2017 Duration: 12min

    The sequence of stages we need to go through to generate ideas, and a brief description of what we need to do at each stage. How we can use this model to help us when we get stuck.

  • 3 - Which Thinking to Use

    3 - Which Thinking to Use

    20/10/2017 Duration: 10min

    When to change your thinking approach based on how well you are doing with your problem. How human beings naturally like to work when generating new ideas.

  • 2 - Two Ways of Thinking

    2 - Two Ways of Thinking

    13/10/2017 Duration: 11min

    How we use different types of thinking when we refine a design and when we come up with new ideas, and how each type interferes with the other.

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