The Secret Life of Things
An educational project designed to help teachers rapidly explore life cycle thinking and sustainable design, this series of fun and engaging animations serve as educational tools used all over the globe.
The Secret Life of Things series was born in 2009 and completed in 2011 with three animations. The first animation came to life thanks to the support of the British Council, and the project continued with the support of the Design and Technology Teachers Association (DATTA), who commissioned the development of a new animation specifically for high school design and technology students that covered the core curriculum topic area.
This project promotes life cycle thinking and environmentally-sustainable decision making in design and product development. The animations are supported by an eco-design resource pack, which includes a selection of educational materials for design educators and businesses wanting to explore life cycle thinking and eco-design.
The Secret Life of Things is a new and innovative way of communicating and engaging people with sustainability. The resources draw on interactive environmental education and present a solutions-based approach to integrating tools that consider environmental impacts.
The first animated video launched,"Life Psycle-ology," won a Melbourne Design Award in 2010. Combined, the animations have been viewed by over 50,000 people and are being used as teaching resources in schools and universities around Australia, Europe, and the United States.