Toolkit: Is That Design?

This toolkit encourages students to explore where design exists in their own community and design and manufacture a prototype improving the features of a design.

This toolkit is intended to highlight that design is everywhere, even in our own backyards. It also recognises that everyone can be and indeed is required to be a designer.


Kevin Collins, Principal, St. Joseph’s Barcaldine & 2009-10 Queensland-Smithsonian (Cooper-Hewitt) Design Museum Fellow

expected duration

These activities are structured to be undertaken across 10 x 40 minute sessions, however teachers may choose to make this unit longer or shorter depending on their individual time allowances.


We are always looking to improve our toolkits and we would love to hear your thoughts. Please email your suggestions to

Design Minds is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
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