“Designing is a way of thinking that needs to be acknowledged as second nature for educators” (Designthinkingforeducators.com2016)
As the time draws nearer to completing this design, it is time to reflect on the principles and practices that have been learnt and implemented into this newsletter. The principles that have been used in the newsletter design focus primarily on size, colour, layout and font although when looking deeper many principles where used without concise thought. Accessibility, consistently, framing, and readability come to mind as examples that are used on a sub-consciences level. Designers will reduce complex thought processes into simple principles that are incorporated as second nature into their work (Lawson, 2006). This has become true as the design progresses I have found myself looking at the newsletter differently, with a more critical design eye.
The above newsletters are a fortnightly newsletter released for early childhood, educators. These newsletter work very well in their simplicity. They focus on usability and consistency, delivering useful information in a reliable and familiar format, engages the readers to take time to read and understand the information presented.
Designing needs to be separated from creativity for educators who seem to have a deep sense of suspension and unease when it comes to the creative arts (Literat & Reilly, 2012). Once educators can understand that design is something that they already do in their daily lives it should be a simple matter to begin to embrace and extend this into a more thorough and productive practice.
The current incarnation of my newsletter. It is still missing some information and I think the background needs to be changed to a simple block colour as it is too busy. I haven’t settled on a font yet and will continue to experiment until I find something that will conceive my message and retain a simplicity and effectiveness to capture and entice viewers.
Designthinkingforeducators.com,. (2016). Design Thinking for Educators. Retrieved 29 January 2016, from http://www.designthinkingforeducators.com/
Lawson, B. (2006). How designers think: the design process demystified. Routledge.
Literat, I., & Reilly, E. (2012). Designing with Teachers: Participatory Approaches to Professional Development in Education (1st ed.). Retrieved from http://dmlhub.net/publications/designing-with-teachers-participatory-approaches-to-professional-development-in-education/