I seem to remember that it was in the 4th year at Dauntsey's that I made this contraption. The design brief was to make a self powered vehicle that would drive to the edge of a table top, and then stop before it went over the edge. This was my effort; the wheeled probe dropped off the edge of the table and blocked the driving wheels. I remember that I put rubber bands around the driving wheels to get more traction for starting and mainly for stopping.
A better view of the stopping mechanism. At school we were in an old building while a brand new CDT facility was being built.
I think this was made in the 3rd year, at St. Laurence School. It was designed for a competition between schools. The crocodile / dragon monster was propelled by rubber bands, and the jaws went up and down in a chomping motion as it went along. There were smoke bombs in the nostrils. Unfortunately the teacher messed up the times and when we arrived my category of the competition was over!
Fast forward to my job at Open World. I think this was drawn by Miranda, I put it up by my desk.
This is the extract of Great Expectations that I read out at my mum's funeral.
Here's a ridiculous picture of me at Open World.
Jottings on the now-defunct website The-Elected.
As a child / teenager I used to be really into typography. I didn't know it was called that though :-)
Called 'List Of Possible Albums'. From time at Dauntsey's. Perhaps a list of albums to buy? I think more likely a choice of album to do an alternative cover for.
Sketching out the sheets for the CDT project to design and make a device to help people pick things up.
Random sketches. I think I was designing some shutter for my room. Also I like the building at the bottom!
Drawing of a plant. I'd read that Charles Rennie Mackintosh did a lot of drawings of plants and that fed through into his work, so I copied that idea.
Design as a teenager:
Something for my aunt who was thinking of starting a company.
A design for a chair.
Another design for my aunt I think.
Survey questions for the picking-up-things device.
I heard about someone who drew barbed wire really well.
A nascent poster for a church event.
Pages from my 1988 diary.
My brother and I and Robert Frith entered the Race Against Time.
Another CDT project was to design a light.
Another design for a desk lamp.
I was really into doing drawings for human biology. This was traced!
French vocab from Dauntsey's.
Human biology test.
More human biology homework.
Sketch of poster for Superbowl XXIII.
Sketch of poster of album cover, probably chosen from list seen previously :-)
Specification for desk lamp.
Designs for the desk lamp project.
Traced random stuff.
This is close to the final design that I went for.
This is the top view of the final design.
Alternative desk lamp design.
This one was like an eyeball, filled with gel.
No idea what this is.
A revision card for something or other.
This is from the project for picking things up.
The lamp was part of my CDT GCSE exam. It used a halogen bulb, which had a temporary plastic cover. Unfortunately I left the temporary cover on, and the teacher didn't notice to take it off when the examiner came to look at it, so the examiner didn't get to see the lamp working properly.
A chemistry mind map.
Someone I worked with at Open World left and set up their own company.
I used to have this on my door.
A level maths revision.