V&A Dundee

Design Busters

☎️ brring, brring! ☎️ Who ya gonna call for this month's design challenge?

Call our free Design Busters phoneline to hear our latest challenge, then put on your thinking caps and help us solve the problem!

There'll be a new one each month, so be sure to check our social media and pick up the phone to hear what your next project is all about. We'll add the previous challenges to the bottom of this page so you can work through those too.

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Call our hotline

For the latest design challenge, call us for free on:

☎️ 0800 048 9968

The message will play twice. Simply hang up after the call and get cracking with your design solution!

It's up to you how you work through the challenge and what you use to design a solution. Sketch ideas, write down your thoughts and prototype your ideas using a range of materials. See below for how to pull together your very own Design Busters kit from household bits and bobs.

Share your great design solutions with us on social media using #DesignBusters. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

A collage of many similar photos of fingers holding up tiny paper creations depicting festive windows. Inside, people are doing festive things.

December: Festive paper windows

This year our VADvent calendar takes a peek into 24 cosy homes and buildings, through beautiful papercut windows.

Today’s challenge is: Reuse papers from around your home this Christmas to illustrate a wintery window design.

Watch the video below for this month's challenge and to get a bit of inspo!

Start with simple sketches, then use paper and scissors to bring your illustration to life. What will we see through your window?

Find and snip your favourite plain and patterned scrap papers (like tags, crackers, cards and wrapping paper) to help you complete your design, then put it on display!

Good luck!

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Design Busters kit

Create your very own Design Busters kit by gathering some simple materials from around your home. The list below might give you some ideas, but use your imagination to create the best kit ever.

Paper straws, tin foil, baking paper, kitchen roll tubes, paper plates, magazines, doilies, pegs, twist ties...

Recycling box
Clean cardboard, milk cartons, plastic packaging, lids, cereal boxes, tin cans, junk mail...

Paper clips, blutac, tape, glue, pencils/pens/crayons, old jotters, hole-punch, post-its...

Around the house
Newspapers, gift wrap, tissue, playdoh, lego, broken toys, paint swatches...

Sewing box
Wool, thread, buttons, fabric scraps, ribbon, rounded scissors...

Garden or garage
Twine, twigs, pebbles, wooden lollipop sticks, netting, silver blanket...

Previous Challenges

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