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Intro to Design

Discover what makes design great and create your own website.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Computer
WiFiInternet
PencilAndPaper
 

STEP 1
TIME: 10 MINUTES

What is Design?

Design. It means to create something, right? Like a work of art?

Think of as many job titles that include the word design as you can. If you are working with a partner or in a group, set a timer for one minute and race to see who can write down the most. If you are working alone, race against the clock to see how quickly you can come up with eight ideas.

Need some help to get started? Here are two kinds of design jobs: Fashion Designer and Graphic Designer

Steve Jobs once said, “Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.” What do you think this means? Talk about it or write down your ideas.

Watch this video to learn more about the seven principles of design.



Design is unique in that it is both ubiquitous and broad. Most people have a fuzzy idea of what the word really means, though.

Encourage your members to share one thing they think is really well designed. It could be a really comfortable pair of shoes, a beautiful building, a useful app or anything else they really enjoy using or experiencing.

STEP 2
TIME: 15 MINUTES

What is Good Design?

What differences do you notice between these Wendy's logos? Which do you think is better? Why?



Think about the seven principles of design from the video in step 1. Which ones do you see in the Wendy’s logos? If you need to, watch the video again to review the seven design principles. 

Show your members the two Wendy’s logos. Take a vote to see which one members like more.

 Review the seven principles of design, as seen in the video in step 1. Ask members how these apply to the Wendy's logos.


STEP 3
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Website Design

What is your favorite website? Why is it your favorite? Maybe you like its content. Or maybe it’s because what you can do on the site is fun, like PBS Kids or Instagram.

Take a minute to consider how the site looks and functions. Is it easy to use? Is the content well organized? Does the site work well for why you use it? Jot down a few examples of what you think are well and poorly designed websites.

Now check out this list of 10 web design principles. What did you read that makes you consider websites in a new way?
Ask your members to name their favorite website. Then share the list of 10 web design principles and challenge them to name at least one principle that their favorite website demonstrates.

STEP 4
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Sketch a Website

Imagine you are making a website for your Club. Using what you know about design principles and effective web design, sketch a sample homepage for your site. You can include words, symbols, shapes and colors. As you work, keep in mind this quote from Leonardo Da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”
Remind everyone once more of the 10 web design principles. Then make sure every member has a sheet of paper and something to write with. Encourage members to design the first page of a website and then share their work with the group.

STEP 5
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Save and Submit

Take a picture of your sketch and submit it. 

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