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Intro to Design

Check out the design principles that guide the creation of your favorite products.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Computer
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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.

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.
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?

Now read about general design principles. How do they apply to the Wendy’s logo?

Think, talk, and/or write about how the design principles may or may not apply to these things:
-- Mini Cooper
-- Wedding invitation
-- Website
Show your members the two Wendy’s Logos. Take a vote to see which one members like more. Introduce the general design principles and then ask members to evaluate the Mini Cooper, the wedding invitation, and the website based on the principles you shared.

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 Animal Jam 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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