There are many ways to expose students to best practices in graphic design. Some of the best methods seem to tie in well with higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy as well as the tools associated with Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. Adapting, collaborating, evaluating, and inventing are all integral pieces to design work. Additionally, the technology tools associated with Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy such as blogs, videos, or different social media lend themselves to the creation process. They provide ways for students to generate ideas, share their work, collaborate with one another, and visualize how good design should look through examples.
To expand on the ideas of nonlinguistic learning one of the first things I would have students do is utilize Pinterest as a graphic organizer for collaborating, sharing, and creating ideas. One of the most important things when becoming a designer is to be familiar with what people are doing. Compiling ideas is one of the most basic starting points to gain exposure to best practices. To start the process I would have students begin by creating their own personal Pinterest board of ideas. I would have student categorize their pins in groups that make sense. They would most likely contain areas in website color use, website typography use, and website layout. With each pin they will evaluate their choice and write a small blurb on why they chose that particular item for future reference. A general class Pinterest board would be set up and students would choose some of their favorites to share with the class. Students would then be asked to provide their feedback on the variety of choices. They can build on the positives of the examples provided or provide feedback on why they didn’t like a particular example. From this activity each student will pick one of their favorite examples and create a presentation on how they would adapt that particular example to improve upon use of text, color, or layout. They will pick from tools like Prezi or YouTube to complete their assignment. The final component would be to apply those ideas through a graphics program such as Photoshop. They would be instructed to begin the design process by mimicking their selected design. From there they would work on adapting the design to reflect the ideas from their presentation.
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