National 4/5 Design Brief

2015-16 S4 Design Brief – Textile-Product-

A&D S4 – National 4/5

 Design Brief

Your Design assignment this year is to design and make either a

Textile Design: Decorative Cushion/Scarf/Sports Snood

or a

Product Design: Decorated Sandblasted Glassware

You must use a variety of materials to create the design.

The product is to be sold in the shops either at the Museum of Scotland/Botanic Gardens/Seabird Centre/Zoo (all age groups can be catered for)

Image source ideas for research: Your designs should be based on a theme chosen from the list below

Sea Life, Seed Pods, Plants,Flowers, Birds, Insects, Rainforest


Other Cultures of the World-

Oceanic Art – Maori, Fiji, Aboriginal

Celtic Art

Oriental Art- Chinese, Japanese, Thai

Indian Art

North & South American Art

Ancient Civilisations, Vikings, Armour

 You could also use the exhibitions/artifacts on show in the MUSEUM/BOTANICS/SEABIRD CENTRE/ZOO as a starting point:

 Think of interesting shapes, patterns, forms and colours…

The more interesting your Research and Investigation Page, the more inspired you’ll be to create a fantastic product!

You could source ideas from magazines, books, web imagery or your own photos taken at the Museum. Examiners are looking for a personal engagement with the theme, don’t just rely on the internet.

 Research and Investigation Page:

  • At least 3 quality drawings using different media
  • Images/photos relating to your chosen theme
  • Market research- Images of existing design solutions from other designers that you like
  • Fixings, measurements, samples


  • Produce a page in your sketchbook of initial brainstorming of ideas
  • Then develop 3 worked design idea drawings in your sketchbook
    • Sample and experiment with different materials and techniques from the list below Cushion Design                              Glass
    •  Applique                                            More drawing development Batik                                                    Tracings
    • T-Shirt Transfer Paper                    Manipulation
    • Poly print                                           Abstraction – Non representational
    • Lasercutter                                        Counter Change
    • Quilting                                              Play with scale
    • Angelina Fibres                                 Representational Design
    • Block print                                        with emphasis on pattern/line
    • Silk Screen Printing
    • Needle Felting                                                           
    • Annotate your ideas  (notes explaining how you could make your idea)
    • You will then take the strongest idea to develop further for mounting onto either 2x A2 sheet or 1x A1 for your Added Value Unit which will be sent to SQA for marking
    • Your Final Outcome/ Your Value Added Unit
      • Must be imaginative, functional, visually effective, well-constructed and created using a variety of materials and techniques. Your Design will be photographed and the photos mounted up onto an A2 sheet along with your final development pages for sending to SQA.