Merrick Russell (managing director) has
been a Design and Technology teacher for over 17 years and brings a wealth of
expertise and experience when it comes to designing classroom projects. He is passionate about Design and Technology
and loves helping schools maximise the learning opportunities the subject
Chris Ly (office administrator) ensures
all our systems are working well. He is an important member of the
team and seems to be able to fix any problem that arises. You may be speaking to him the next time you
Marty Harris (project developer, CNC
consultant) is a full time Technology teacher and manages to fit in time to
develop new and exciting projects. He
is never short of a creative idea and loves to help schools run high quality
programmes. Marty is also the CNC guru.
Rebecca Whitehall (dispatch) controls the
delivery of all the materials Designability sends out to schools. As a teacher, she has a special appreciation
of the importance of fast and accurate deliveries. You can be sure that an order from
Designability is packed with some love.
Miles Campbell (consultant) has been a part
of Designability from the beginning and continues to advise and generate
ideas. With a background in teaching
Designa and Technology, Miles continues to have a special interest in the needs
of the subject across the country.
Maurice Clarke (UK Markets) supports the
work of Designability by developing the outstanding range of CR Clarke plastics
forming equipment. He is keen to work
with customer feedback to keep improving the range. Maurice plays a key part in developing UK
markets for Designability projects and products.
James Anderson (project
development) studies Industrial Design at UNSW. He is super creative and
enjoys solving problems and that makes him a valuable member of the team.
He is keen to see good quality projects get into Australian schools and
beyond. He is pumped about design and knows the value of having great
teachers. He is into laser cutting and loves the possibilities that are
opened up by CNC technology.
In 1999 a small and committed group of Design and Technology teachers met to share ideas on how to teach the subject they loved. They believed that Design & Technology is a fantastic, challenging and inspiring subject, but often teachers needed help to find good resources and quality teaching material. Excited about the prospect of supporting other Design and Technology teachers they formed Designability in August 2000. Over 10 years later the vision is just as strong and our resources keep growing.
Our number one aim is to provide teachers of Design and Technology subjects with classroom ready resources to help teach their subject in the most inspiring way they can. Every school is very different according to the skills of their teachers, their equipment and resources. This makes a standardised text book for our subjects almost impossible. Our approach is to develop units of work that can be easily adapted to your school situation. It’s a smorgasbord rather than a set menu. We support these units of work with teaching materials, project materials, equipment and professional development. That’s why we call them ‘fully resourced projects’
We are passionate about what introducing students to the world of design can do. The goal of every subject is to help students see the world a little differently, and to understand the world they live in. This is true also of a design education, and so our approach is two pronged: to help students understand materials and processes through making (design capability) and to help them understand the designed world (design awareness). Further to this, we believe that as the quality and status of the subject continues to grow, so too will the quality of Design and Innovation in Australian homes and industry.