The iterative process of design

The proficient use of design in education, especially early childhood education is a key skill that is often undervalued and overlooked. In an effort to change this I have chosen to design a newsletter to educate and inspire fellow teachers to use design in their pedagogies in a much more prevalent manner. By incorporating clever and functional design into the newsletter I hope to give a clear message of the value of design from the first glance.

For the most part people hear the word design and immediately think, “I have to be creative”. A quick glance at hierarchy of needs for design is all it takes to begin a different thought process, with creativity being considered the most valuable contributor to design actually being the last item needed to create successful design. Functionality and reliability being the true foundations on which a successful design is built (Lidwell, Holden, & Butler, 2010). The use of many design principles, such as colour, consistency, shape (Lidwell, Holden, & Butler, 2010) etc. are interwoven and used in the design and creation of educational resources and during lessons on a daily basis, the only problem is that most educators fail to see and understand what they are doing.

By creating a newsletter that can provide educators with the resources and knowledge to embrace design and incorporate it knowingly into their pedagogies. I hope to inspire these educators to use design to create more complete educational resources and lessons to the benefit of the students in their care.

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Reference:

Lidwell, W., Holden, K., & Butler, J. (2010). Universal Principles of Design: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach Through Design. Beverly, MA.: Rockport Publishers.

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