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Top Marks for MYP DESIGN: how to get an 8 for Criterion B

A step by step guide to help you prepare your Criterion B MYP Design summative assessment - so you get TOP MARKS




Criterion B MYP Design Checklist

i. develops detailed design specifications, which explain the success criteria for the design of a solution based on the analysis of the research

  • Write a list of Design Specification

  • Explain what each Design Specification is (use examples, images &/or descriptions)

  • Justify why each Design Specification was chosen (persuade the reader why each particular design spec is important and this can be down by linking to primary &/or secondary research and your client and the problem)

  • Identify who, when and how each Design Specification will be measured/tested/judged when the product is completed. Explain - What is successful and what is unsuccessful? (e.g. rating from 0-5 and will be tested by the client (0 - very bad; 1 - poor; 2- satisfactory; 3 - good; 4 - very good; 5 - excellent))

  • Present this information in a table or a bullet point list (so it can be copied and used in another criterion/strands)

  • If you need guidance on areas to cover - use ACCESSFMM as your guide:

    • Aesthetics - Consider appearance, style, colour, shape/form, texture, pattern, finish, layout.

    • Cost - Is there a maximum cost? Is this a material cost/time cost/selling cost?

    • Customer/ Client - Who it is for? What is the target user’s age, gender, socio-economic background?

    • Environmental considerations - Where will the solution be used? How will the design directly or indirectly affect the environment?

    • Safety - What safety factors need to be incorporated into the design?

    • Size - Are there any specific sizes that need to be considered? What “human factors” need to be considered? What anthropometric data needs to be considered?

    • Form & Function - What it must do? What is its purpose? Where will the product be stored? How easily can it be used/maintained?

    • Manufacturing - What resources are available? Are there limitations as to how this can be created? How much time is needed to create the design?

    • Materials - What materials are available? What properties do the materials need to have

ii. develops a range of feasible design ideas, using an appropriate medium(s) and detailed annotation, which can be correctly interpreted by others

  • Designs are developed over time in an iterative fashion. Students should record their iterative development through design sketching, modelling, refining and testing. This is all part of design development.

  • Start with loads of initial ideas - loads of quick 5min drawings of potential solutions.

  • Choose a medium and produce several visuals that communicate a range of design ideas - here are some mediums to choose from:

    • Two-point perspective sketch

    • Isometric drawings

    • Orthographic projection to scale

    • Sectional views

    • Exploded drawings

    • Part and assembly drawings

    • Projection drawings

    • Card models

    • Prototypes

    • Three-dimensional CAD models

    • Storyboards

    • Flow-chart

  • Annotate each design idea to communicate your thinking with detailed annotation - consider:

    • ​size and shape of components and overall

    • materials

    • how the components fit together to create the whole

    • tools and equipment

    • aesthetics (colour, texture, shape, form, line, balance, finish)

    • how the user will interact with the solution (ergonome)

    • rendering to show form, colour and texture

  • Detailed Annotate - identify a key component then use the word "because" or "like"

  • Each idea should be understood easily by a 3rd party and be a feasible solution to the initial problem (get a friend to look at your work.. to see if they understand your ideas and check if your ideas are feasible solutions)

iii. presents the chosen design and justifies fully and critically its selection with detailed reference to the design specification

  • Provide a clear image of the very best design idea, which clearly shows its details and features

  • Present a well-presented illustration of the final chosen design that highlights details such as colour, form, texture, proportion, how the solution functions, fonts, layout and how the solution is used (UX).

  • Copy your Design Specification list (Criterion B i) and explain how each design specification is met by your best design and justify how the chosen design satisfies the specification

  • Justify - persuade the reader that this design is the very best design and this can be done by:

    • comparing to worse ideas​

    • get a quote from your client/target audience - feedback is a vital source for selecting a design to take forward for prototyping

    • collect data (survey)​ that relates to the design specifications

iv. develops accurate and detailed planning drawings/diagrams and outlines requirements for the creation of the chosen solution

  • Create and present a series of accurate drawings/diagrams that include sufficient details of the design for peers/others to interpret correctly to make the solution & include annotation that includes details of size, assembly and production methods in their drawings/diagrams. You may include:

    • Details of components (identification of standard components, size/scale, material, finish, and so on)

    • Sectional and exploded views

    • Orthographic projections/working drawings (conventions/standards, scale, units of measurement) and a cutting list

    • Circuit diagrams/printed circuit board layout

    • CAD/freehand/instrumental

    • Nets/developments and patterns

    • Ingredient lists and recipes including decoration details/plating-up design

  • ​outlines requirements - You may include:

    • details of components (identification of standard components, size/scale, material, finish, and so on)

    • cutting list

    • ingredient lists and recipes including decoration details/plating-up design

    • descriptive words that help the reader understand the design concpet


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