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2) It is my aim to become a Car Designer.
3) As my career aim is reflected in my A level choices and work, the subject of the project links well to them too. How did I research initially? 1) I looked through about 100+ Automotive Journals for any of the key words derived from my question and recorded them in my research diary.
2) I used the same technique, as above, when looking through the book ‘How to Design Cars like a Pro’ by Tony Lewin.
3) I used the website Google and its research tools to find any more general sources, like scholarly pieces and news articles. 1) The main success from this project I feel is the dissertation. I think this is the overall success because of the overall quality of the writing and the way have used a variety of sources and quotes.
2) One thing that was unsuccessful was that I didn't include any primary research. I did plan to write a questionnaire but couldn't due to time constraints. Why did I choose this subject? My initial thoughts? 1) The extent of which current designs are influenced by the past is much greater than you would expect.
2) That the past influences are not as obvious as some would think.
3) I thought/worried that my project could get too involved in whether ‘retro’ design is the correct way to design or not. An example of 'retro' car design is on the next slide. 'Retro' Car Design Example Below, is an image of a 'retro' inspired car, designed by me for my Product Design coursework.
This is a very obvious example of my topic in that you can clearly see its resemblance to the original Ford Capri. The Original Car: What format did the outcome take? 1) Originally planned to create an artifact with a small report.
2) Decided to create a 5000 word dissertation instead as the previous format I intended to use would have been too similar to my Product Design. How did I plan the project? What did I do with my research? What have I gained from the EPQ process? 1) From process, I've improved my ability to write a structured essay response to a question.
2) My ability to critically analyse sources.
3) And, my ability to keep to a structured time-plan, Welcome to my EPQ
Presentation.... ... on some paper quickly jot down the cars below, split into the two categories. Fiat 500 Mini Audi 100 '12 VW Beetle^ '63 VW Beetle^ VW Golf MK1 Renault 16 NSU
Ro80 '04 Mustang^ '65 Mustang^ Austin 1100^ Ford Focus^ Note - the images are in no particular order. ...and the correct answer is Influenced another car (on previous slide) Didn't influence any cars (on previous slide) Note - the images are in no particular order. Now, could you all 'match' them up... E.g. The new Chevrolet Camaro, right, is clearly influenced by the original '67 model, left. ...and the correct answers are: Finally, can anyone guess what my project is about and/or its title? Note: Be prepared for the title as it's quite a mouthful! ...and the title of my project is ^Some examples of real car designer's work. ^The Google Research Tools. 1) To record all my research, I compiled it together in a research diary.
2) This table recorded four things about each source: when I found it; it's origin; how useful it was and why.
3) The Why? column uses briefly the C.R.A.A.P test to help me work out which sources were the best and therefore which ones I should critically analyse. 1) My time-based plan, to the left, was one of the first tasks I completed for this project.
2) It includes all of the tasks needed to complete my project and I referred back to it all of the time.
3) I evaluated how well I completed each task by using the problems and successes columns - to make sure I leaned from my mistakes and consolidated any skills I gained.
4) It also included any deadlines, seen bottom left, set by the college and the exam board. 1) Using the above analysis guide from 'moodle', I critically analysed all of my best sources - indicated with green on my research diary.
2) I did this to find out if they were suitable for my use and, whether they were bias or not.
3) I then used the document to write a detailed plan for my dissertation, using quotes from the sources.
4) Finally, I used the plan to help me find any final bits of secondary research that I needed as evidence for some minor points in my dissertation. What did I find out? 1) That my hypothesis 'the extent of influence that past designs have on current designs is not as small and simple as the public eye considers' was correct.
2) That some well-known and respected car journalists like Giles Smith, of The Guardian (to the right), as well as the public eye are incorrect. ^One of my sources, The retro car craze by Giles Smith. Conclusions (to my question)? 1) The obvious conclusion to my question is that their is a medium amount of influence by past designs, i.e. The retro car craze.
2) However, my conclusion to my question: To what extent do designs from the past influence automotive design now? Is that the extent designs are influenced by the past is much larger than the public eye and some journalists imagine. What did I find easy? 1) Actually finding the research material for the project. Within a week or so I had found nearly all of my sources and this is because, in my opinion, although a specialized area of Car Design, my subject matter is well recorded in many ways. What did I find hard? 1) Critically analysing my best sources was probably the hardest thing I had to do. This was mainly due to the short amount of time I set myself to do it in and because I had not analysed anything in this detail since secondary school.
2) Finally, I found writing the dissertation difficult as I struggled to write enough due to not developing and explaining my points enough at first. How will I use what I've gained? 1) I think that the key skills gained will be useful in the future, for example keeping to a schedule and meeting deadlines will be key when I start my career. <This is the book 'How to Design Cars like a Pro'.
It was my most useful source, mainly due its reliable, unbiased intent and due to its variety of interviews and information. Fiat 500 Austin 1100^ Mini Audi 100 '12 VW Beetle^ '63 VW Beetle^ VW Golf MK1 Renault 16 NSU
Ro80 '04 Mustang^ '65 Mustang^ Ford Focus^ The End.... ...any questions?