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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!  


Student Choice

ChoiceOne of my ideals for education is for students to have more choice in terms of what and how they study. It has been very hard trying to cover what I feel are the essentials, whilst giving students some choice. In the past I have …

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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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Sha Tin College ICT Certification For Teachers

As part of a previous position I held at theĀ Sha Tin College (part of the English School’s Foundation in Hong Kong) I developed and delivered a year-long CPD course to help teachers develop their ICT skills. The aim was to produce a challenging course …

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