Change the world one design at a time

This is the blog of Mr Morrison, a design and technology teacher and enthusiast. Design has the potential to solve many of the worlds social and environmental issues. This blog  documents projects I run in my classes and other interesting design related material.

drawing circuits with a pen


Visit the following website to see a pen that is electrically conductive that can be used to literally draw a circuit.


Design Competition

follow this link to enter a design competition where you could possibly win an iPad!

BBC microbit


In The UK every year 7 student is given a microbit kit for free to use in all of their subjects at school. It uses a cut down version of python. A free course in under development at Grok learning.


Cross laminated timber

Cross laminated timber(CLT) is a ply wood like material using layers of planks glued together in layers with the grain going in alternate directions. The layers are thicker than those used in plywood.
In Australia a number of buildings have been build and are in the process of being developed.

The Public library docklands Melbourne is one example.
The smile in London is an example of the material used in an innovative way to create a curved canterleavered structure.

Further reading

Cross laminated timber on Wikipedia
The smile in London


Amazing homeless shelters

Mysterious books

An interesting way to recycle plastic milk bottles

Make your own mobile phone with audino 

Follow the instructions from instructables below.

Another version is available at Ada fruit to try the audin-o-phone

Make your own biodegradable plastic

Ever wanted to make your own biodegradable plastic? Then collect these common kitchen items and follow the recipe below from instructables.

another 3 ways to make plastics at home can be found here:

More In-depth information and alternate recipes can be found here:

A great book with lots of useful information on vegetable oil based polymers can be found on google books below.

Up cycled homeless homes 

The homeless homes project

American designer and builder Gregory Kloehn is using salvaged trash to make houses for the homeless. Called the Homeless Homes Project, Kloehn upcycles mobile shelters from items he finds in dumpsters.

For more information go to the below site: