Designing a Naturalist Trust Exhibition
aesthetic or practical areas of the curriculum. The results of many of these competitions are usually determined by the submission of excellent artefacts, superbly produced and seeking judgement in adult terms. It was therefore with some misgivings that I encouraged David Peach to enter part of his 'A' level design course work for this year's Design Council GEC Schools Design Prize.
David's work seemed to epitomise an approach to design education that I, together with the staff of my department, have been striving to develop and teach for several years. It seemed to me that the strength of David's entry lay not in the finished product but in sheet after sheet showing graphic evidence of the thought and consideration behind his manufactured conclusion. From the outset I was aware that his actual conclusion could only partially influence the judges' deliberations. For being part of an exhibition caravan, David's conclusion was far too big to submit. Only the evidence of photographs could be made available to the judges.