I saw this idea at Norbury
manor school for girls and it was simply a designers
name written on a blank A3 sheet above each table.
What are the benefits?
Front of the signs
Table naming enables group work especially
during question and answer sessions. You can set
a group task and then ask the table name for a
group answer. Table naming also encourages team
work and I often find pupils involved in positive
debates about who is the best designer. Each table
is named after a designer or a famous figure related
to your subject.
I have developed the
original idea and coloured all my table names
with different colours. I also added information
about the designer to the back of the sign and
included the designer’s main web address.
This created a small design museum within my classroom.
I also created a homework task which made pupils
research the table designer as a group and produce
a presentation for the rest of the class.
I laminated the two A3 sheets together then suspended
the signs with clear nylon thread. Feel free to
develop or modify the idea yourself.
Back of the signs
Who will you choose?
I named my seven tables to promote
product design and graphic products my designers
are as follows:-
Alberto Alessi - www.alessi.com
Coco Chanel - www.chanel.com
James Dyson - www.dyson.co.uk
Enzo Ferrari - www.ferrari.co.uk
Jonathan Ive - www.jonathanive.com
Matt Groening - www.thesimpsons.com
Norman Foster - www.fosterandpartners.com
Create your own table names and
choose your own designers to promote your subject.
Pupils like to be involved in a team and the concept
creates inclusion, fun and promotes learning in
Pick your own designers!
Why not pick your own designers? Visit the design
museum vast information mini site and create your
Have fun designing!