Access Fm – The Original version

Access FM – The original version right here. The internet contains several modifications to ACCESS FM, its not that the anagram itself has been changed but the meanings behind it. In my opinion they do not really work because they open the whole thing up to too much interpretation. Let’s just keep things simple and […]

Buy the right books for your students in 2021

  Check out my “Book reviews” in the “Resource” section of the website. I have hand picked and personally reviewed a series of publications which I believe are ideal in a real classroom. Get inspiration whether teaching textiles, graphic products, resistant materials, art and design, photography or product design. These are books that I have […]

The James Dyson Foundation include ACCESSFM 2021

The James Dyson Foundation 2021 have released a new project titled – “What is the Design Process” and as such have decided to feature the use of ACCESSFM throughout the entire structure of the topic – check out the new project here: It is important to note that this is not the first time […]

2021 WJEC Vocational Level 1&2 Engineering awards include ACCESSFM

The 2021 WJEC Vocational Level 1/2 Engineering awards now include ACCESSFM as an official part of their course content – check out the resources:          – ACCESSFM Copyright © 1999, Spencer Herbert. All rights reserved.

2021 IET Education include ACCESSFM as part of official resource offering

In 2021, The IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) have included a wide range of resources which either feature or centre on the use of ACCESSFM as both a thinking tool and effective method of product analysis. Why not visit their website and use their inbuilt search function to find the latest ACCESSFM resources. […]

ACCESSFM is now more than 20 years old.

ACCESSFM turned 20 years old back in 2019. Widely recognised and implemented within design technology education Nationally and Internationally. It has found its way onto countless websites, forums, exam board criteria, included in text books from a great many publishers including the Oxford Press but most importantly into your classrooms. A simple idea which has continued […]

Accessfm – Teachdesign Article

  Accessfm- how it all started and where we are now. Beauty as they say is in the eye of the beholder, couldn’t agree more but when it comes to design and more specifically “Good design” I am not sure this paradigm fits. A good design not only needs to look good but it also […]


Links Fx: The original version I developed Links Fx very soon after inventing Access Fm. The idea came about whilst discussing the possibility of applying De Bono’s thinking hats to the teaching of design technology. I was not keen on De Bono’s thinking hats then and still am not. I find it hard that in […]

TES Article – The cost of Sustainability?

  I was lucky enough to attend the Design and Technology Association Awards in London not so long ago – though not lucky enough to win a prize.       At the end of the evening Dame Ellen MacArthur (her father was a D&T teacher) gave a speech about sustainability, during which she pointed […]

How do you define an Iconic Design?

Tough one! Especially if teaching Product Design at A-Level, this is one of those omni present questions which has a tendancy to make an appearance at exam time.  I came up with this recently along with my A level students studying product design in relation to Iconic design. You know how much I love anagrams and acronyms! We […]

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