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Our School As A Box

Our School As A Box ThumbThis year staff at ICHK Secondary started the school year with a great PD session lead by one of our new team members, Phil Morgan. A deep thinker around creativity and education, Phil brought us up to speed on some ideas around creative thinking, and …

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Epic Wallpapers 2

This is a second collection of wonderful Epic Wallpapers produced by my year 7 students. The design were chosen for the strength of their designs, attention to detail, Creative Commons licensing and overall appeal. Well done to the students for creating such lovely work. Feel …

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Epic Wallpers

In Year 7, my students undertake a short unit of work called Epic Wallpaper, in which they attempt to make a glossy wallpaper using Acorn and some graphic design techniques. This is the first year I have run this unit, and it went very …

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The Importance Of Design

Often I feel that I teach students all sorts of tricks and techniques to make their work look better, but that they fail to apply them to their work. Some of this is inexperience, but sometimes I think students just believe that it does not make a real different. To try and convince students that this stuff really does make a difference, I asked a class to come up with a fictitious company name ('Bannnana') and industry ('fixing ears'). I then wrote these in Acorn, projected on the white board. With all the students watching I went through a 3 minute example of how to use font controls (font face, font size, kerning, line height, alignment) and colour (drop shadow, font colour, colour gradient) to make a design that has some impact. The resulting change is shown below. I think they now know that design does matter in terms of how people respond to their work: does it look like they just threw something on the page, or does it look considered? Bannnanas Credits: the font is Grobold from dafont.com. My students chose the yellow colour, which I missed entirely, going for white. Inspired!  


Epic Wallpaper

Epic Moose Wallpaper_smallThis short unit represents an attempt to teach students more graphic design skills in a shorter period of time. It is a rework of a much longer unit, which originally involved more independent learning. Although my approach is generally more student-centered, in this case I …

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Puma’s New Super-Green Shoebox

http://www.fastcompany.com/1614807/puma-and-yves…

Puma’s “Clever Little Bag” is an interesting approach to the issue of packaging and waste. Rather than having a complete box, which consumers will put into a (usually disposable) bag to carry home, the design combines a cardboard skeleton in a reusable bag made …

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Internet Structure Diagram

This diagram gives an abstract, high-level overview of how the Internet is structured. The aim is to allow a teacher to introduce concepts such as TCP/IP, packet switching, LANs and firewalls, without going into too much detail. It leaves some interesting questions: Why a cloud? …

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Come Back Home: Eco Coke Bottle design

http://designfabulous.blogspot.com/2010/03/eco-coke-bottle-design.html

An interesting study into the environmental impact of square drinks containers…

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CSS Remix

http://cssremix.com/

This is one of the best web design showcase sites. A perfect source for inspiring designers to improve their own work.…

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