Design Folders


Watch this video.

note: Quiz at the start of next week.

I’ve decided to change how I do quizzes- which actually should be in your benefit. Quizzes will only be a few questions at most, and you’ll be allowed to use your notebook. This also promotes actually using your notebook, which you should be doing, and which you’ll occasionally have checks on. What should your notebook look like? Something sort of like this.

Design Folders

Design folders are used heavily in industry and design. They essentially provide all the documentation and verify the work done for clients. In addition, if its a team project, they allow better communication across the group through the project’s duration. If someone gets sick, or leaves the group, they are a great resource for the replacement.

You also need them for the majority of your project grades. You’ll receive grades based on how you score on the IB Teach Criterion Rubrics. See an older document with the IB Tech Criterion rubrics, the only thing that isn’t accurate on there is the conversion scale. Nothing else has changed. I’ll provide an updated one in the near future. In the near future, I will provide you with rubrics tailored specifically for your project.


note: not turning in a design folder does not automatically grant you a 50% on the report card. Scoring a 0 on the IB criterion rubric means you turned in a project showing an adequate amount of work, just that all the work done does not meet any of the requirements to score 1 through 6. Not turning in a project, or turning in something that does not show any real effort still scores a 0% in the gradebook.

Watch the Overview Video of what your Design Folders should look like.

Part 1- Investigate

The first part of your design folder corresponds to the Investigate portion of the design cycle.

Investigate must contain all of the following:

  • Problem statement – Just restate what your task is in your own words
  • Design brief – an explanation of your investigation and how you plan to use this knowledge to solve the problem
  • Design specification – the requirements that your product/solution must meet
  • Testing plan – the specifics of how you will determine whether your product met the requirements
  • Research – notes you have taken related to your project, this could include notes from assignments during this six weeks, or notes from your own research for the project

Problem Statement:
Through investigation of ourselves and what we value, we will create videos that introduce ourselves to the viewer.

Design Brief:
With how global the world has become, companies and universities are able to accept candidates from almost anywhere in the world. How can we make sure an interested party understand who we are as a person, instead of just numbers and data on a page? A video that introduces ourselves and shows what we value and reflects our personality can let interested parties better identify if we as an individual are a good fit for their facility.

Part 2- Design

The second part of your design folder corresponds to the Investigate portion of the design cycle.

Design must contain all of the following:

  • An expansive set of brainstormed ideas
  • At least two complete unique design ideas for products/solutions that could solve the challenge, neatly presented
  • An explanation of why you chose the design you intend to pursue

We’ll move onto the next parts next class.


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