This site was conceived and built by Andrew Nicholls, designer and teacher. He recognised that despite the web being full of sites aimed at professional or post graduate designers, there were few digital resources for young aspiring designers to learn, develop and share their core skills and knowledge. The need for a Compendium of Design was therefore identified and a solution sought.
The solution, 'andacod', is dynamic resource designed for the learning designer and student of Visual Communication or Product Design. The Compendium provides information on a wide range of topics including Production Methods, Media, Materials, Tools and Equipment, the Elements and Principles of Design, and Professional Practice. Additionally, it is a social website where students of design can share links, hints, tips and launch off to other websites that will help them to be better designers and environmental minded future guardians of design.
Andrew Nicholls is a qualified Industrial Designer, Educator and OHS specialist. After completing his Bachelor Degree in Design (Industrial Design) in 2001, he worked in a number of Design related industries before returning to University to complete a Post Graduate Diploma of Education.
Over the course of his teaching career Andrew has worked for a number of government schools in both rural and urban settings. His understanding and professional educational and design design practices have been utilised to educate students in Art, Visual Communication, History and Occupational Health and Safety. Andrew has also worked on curriculum documentation, examination writing and marking and folio cross-marking.