Science, Maths & Technology
  • Activity
  • 15 mins
  • Level 1: Introductory

Design in a nutshell

Updated Wednesday 8th May 2013

Get the lowdown on 6 key design movements and share your design alter-ego

  Design in a nutshell image 1100 768 Find your design alter-ego

Want to learn about six of the most important movements in design history? Watch short videos on:

  • Gothic Revival
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Bauhaus
  • Modernism
  • American Industrial Design
  • Postmodernism

Are you a bit postmodern, or do you belong in the Bauhaus? Watch the videos then take the test to discover your design alter-ego before sharing it with your friends.

Ready to dig deeper into design? Try this study unit with 10 hours of free learning about design thinking.

NB: For best results, use a modern web browser. Upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer or try a free alternative like Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari. 

 

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

Invention and innovation: An introduction Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 3 icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Invention and innovation: An introduction

This free course, Invention and innovation: An introduction, is for designers, engineers, technologists and anyone interested in designing and inventing. It is also for managers and consumers interested in innovation and technical change. The course will show you how design and innovation can create a more sustainable future. It will also help you understand how innovation comes about and will encourage thinking about environmental and social challenges for the future.

Free course
55 hrs
On-screen graphic design: The early years of television Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Associated Rediffusion used under crit & review article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

On-screen graphic design: The early years of television

With the birth of television as a mass medium, suddenly a whole new visual language was needed. One that would work on tiny, flickering, monochromatic screeens. The work of pioneering TV graphic designers set the standards that still influence what is shown on TV today.

Article
What makes a great school? Oxley Park video icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

What makes a great school? Oxley Park

Success in attracting pupils to Oxley Park has meant design challenges to fit enough classrooms - but pupils are still enthusiastic about their school.

Video
5 mins
Design Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Design

This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of design as an activity to exposing the difficulty in making general conclusions about how designers work. You will be able to identify innovation in a wide variety of designed objects and evaluate the impact of this innovation.

Free course
28 hrs
Debate: What makes for good design in school buildings? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Deskcube | Dreamstime.com article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Debate: What makes for good design in school buildings?

We nearly all have contact with schools - and we mostly all have ideas about what works and what doesn't. Share your views!

Article
Can design by committee work? Making a case for open source design Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: tommumf article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Can design by committee work? Making a case for open source design

We know what's wrong with design committees: too many cooks; too much spoiled broth; bitter recriminations over who spoiled the broth; broth being launched as a beta while spoiled broth is further spoiled by the same iterative process. By keeping everyone happy, nobody's happy, right? Well... maybe not. Design educator Mushon Zer-Aviv suggests there's a way to make it work.

Article
Manufacturing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Manufacturing

How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of 'manufacturing'? This free course will introduce manufacturing as a system and will describe some of the many different ways of making products. We will illustrate how the required properties of the materials in a product influence the choice of manufacturing process used.

Free course
20 hrs
The Switch tells us a lot about Nintendo Creative commons image Icon Elvis untot under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license video icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

The Switch tells us a lot about Nintendo

Nintendo's new console, the Switch, makes perfect sense in light of the company's history, says Brendan Cassidy.

Video
5 mins
The Z Files: Tony Waithe Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Firebrandphotography | Dreamstime.com video icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

The Z Files: Tony Waithe

British inventor Tony Waithe shares his passion for design and innovation with the poet Benjamin Zephaniah

Video
5 mins