Teaching The Design Principles Amp Up Student Projects

Last summer I took a Print Media Design class and it got me to thinking about all of the projects I would jump into with my students expecting them to create visually appealing products. While a small few just intrinsically knew these principles, the majority did not. As the use of technology increases in the classroom with teachers designing project-based learning opportunities, it may be time to introduce students to these four principles that can produce a high impact on their final products. There is a lot of information out there about teaching the four design principles of Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity if you don't feel competent to teach this. Another suggestion would be to invite a professional graphic design artist into the classroom, either physically or through Skype. I have included a presentation and WebQuest I put together this summer. Feel free to use it, download it, and share it. You can also find this on my website. Click here. I think it is time we initiate a Good Design initiative.
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