Design Cycle

The design cycle is a model intended to be the central tool to help students to create and evaluate solutions in response to challenges. It is comprised of four steps: Inquiring and Analyzing, Developing Ideas, Creating a Solution and Evaluating. 

Design thinking keeps the function of any project constantly in mind while considering real world applications.

Design Cycle


Inquiring and analyzing

  • Evaluate the importance of the problem for life, society, and the environment
  • Justify the need for their project.
  • Research, explore existing products, produce an initial sketch and create a design brief, which identifies what materials are needed and what will actually be designed.


Developing Ideas 

  • List the specific requirements the product/solution must meet (materials, color, scale).
  • Turn the previous sketch into a blueprint with precise measurements.


Creating Solutions

  • Construct a plan to create the product/solution that makes effective use of resources and time
  • Generate several designs that meet the specifications
  • Evaluate the designs and select the one that meets the design specification
  • Justify any modifications to the design and the plan.


Evaluating Ideas

  • Design and carry out tests to evaluate the product/solution against the design specification
  • Explain how the product/solution could be improved.
  • Explain the impact of the product/solution on individuals and on society.