This is the second post of the ‘Waste Not, Want Not’ series.  Be sure to read the first post which frames this project (if you haven’t already!).

Developing Ideas with SketchUp

At this stage our students are synthesising their knowledge and understanding of the Investigative stage developing mathematical nets of their packages and visualising these using SketchUp. At the end of this stage, students should be able to answer the following question;

How do *visual elements influence perception?

We were very fortunate to have a professional colleague and friend Noah Katz (ADE) visit the school and lead a skills sessions with both teachers and our digital ambassadors. Noah introduced us to a fantastic plugin for SketchUp called Flattery that was met with “ooohs and ahhhhs” from participants. The Flattery extension enables 3D objects to be quickly netted and you can see how cool this functionality is in the video below.

Students developed two 3D mockups using SketchUp, each with a different aesthetic design and application of geometric masses. They then sought feedback from their peers to decide on the final design and reviewed the design against their Design Specifications. The final design will then be netted in the next stage, Creating the Solution.

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Check back soon for an update on our creative design process.