Designs of the time 2009 launch
I’ve been helping out with the 2009 Designs of the time challenge otherwise known as Dott 09 which launched last week. It’s an exciting project created by the Design Council that is designed to fit in with the National Curriculum and ask year 8 pupils what’s the size of their schools ecological footprint and how could design make it smaller, letting pupils take the lead in reducing the eco footprint of their school and then team up with designers/creatives in industry to help bring their ideas to life.
My role in all this was to create the five characters with Leap media that would help explain what the project was in it’s first instance to teachers and get them onboard, then communicate the project to the pupils, educate them and get them excited about being a part of something that can effect real change.
The five characters are designed to cover all aspects of sustainability and are called Eco, Recycler, Energiser, Aqua and Consumer.
The launch last week was aimed at the prospective schools in Cornwall, getting them to come to the Bedruthan Steps Hotel for the conference and sign up. Matt Hocking at Leap Media is heading up the Eco design challenge aspect of Dott and managed to pull it all together from scratch in just 3 weeks.
Andrea Siodmok is heading up Dott – Designs of the time and gave a fantastic talk on the project which helped clarify exactly what Dott is together with it’s aims and objectives. Will Coleman MC’d the entire day and did a stirling job, and Matt Hocking pulled it all together with some inspirational content that has certainly got the ball rolling and with any luck will see the Dott project go national next year.
For more info on the Eco design challenge, click here.
For more information on Dott – Designs of the time, click here.
To see more of the great work that Leap Media are doing, click here.