Design

Food label designed by “neurological and bodily responses” Boing Boing

February 21, 2010
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Food label designed by “neurological and bodily responses” Boing Boing

Another example of the importance of Dan Pink’s design aptitude from A Whole New Mind.  I never realized how much effort and resources were dedicated to something as simple as a soup label. Food label designed by “neurological and bodily responses” Boing Boing. Share

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Before & After | How to Find the Perfect Color

February 19, 2010
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Before & After | How to Find the Perfect Color

This is a valuable download from “Before & After” magazine.  I am a definitely a design novice, and I always struggle with color choices in my presentations.  This free pdf will not only help me, but I plan on making it available for my students to use as a reference.

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Glogster – Poster Yourself | New Info

February 9, 2010
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Glogster – Poster Yourself | New Info

I was sent this update from Glogster EDU and thought I should pass it along: As of February 28th, Glogster will begin limiting its free education accounts to 100 students. If you are like me, you teach more than 100 students in a day.  If you sign up for your account before the deadline, you…

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Color Theory for Designers, Part 1: The Meaning of Color – Smashing Magazine

January 29, 2010
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Color Theory for Designers, Part 1: The Meaning of Color – Smashing Magazine

This is a great article to introduce you to some basic color theory. If we encourage our students to develop their design aptitudes, we as teachers will need to develop our own right-brain design skills. In A Whole New Mind Daniel Pink relays the drawing class that he took.  Teachers need to do the same…

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Unfold Wide

January 28, 2010
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Unfold Wide

I plan on ordering this book in the near future.  Dan Roam’s book The Back of the Napkin was a mind-opening experience for me, and was a building block for implementing Dan Pink’s design aptitude in my international studies class. Now Mr. Roam has published a guide book that looks like it would be an…

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Shape Collage Online – Free Automatic Photo Collage Maker

January 26, 2010
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Shape Collage Online – Free Automatic Photo Collage Maker

I ran into this online collage maker which I thought might be a nice tool for student projects. You basically type in a URL of pictures that you would like to use.  I used the Google image search in the sidebar and changed the word “cats” to whatever I was wanting to use.  I had…

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Austin Daily Herald | Southgate uses Lego League as building block for high school robotics

January 25, 2010
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Austin Daily Herald | Southgate uses Lego League as building block for high school robotics

Remember the Segway?  Well Segway inventor Dean Kamen has an education program that he has started called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). This program enhances both design and symphony from A Whole New Mind.  It also follows Dan Pink’s motivation research from Drive by letting students obtain mastery, providing them autonomy,…

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Northwest High students building a rocket under NASA contract | Local News | Star-Telegram.com

January 22, 2010
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Northwest High students building a rocket under NASA contract | Local News | Star-Telegram.com

What if your students were under contract with NASA?  That’s what is happening at this Texas high school. Talk about A Whole New Mind!  This is where design, symphony, and meaning all come to life. Students at this high school are under actual contract from NASA.  They placed in the top 20 in a national…

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FINCH :: Fresh Creative

January 18, 2010
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FINCH :: Fresh Creative

For those of us trying to enhance Dan Pink’s Design aptitude from A Whole New Mind, this article is a great read. I think I personally battle with white (negative) space.  So how can I help my students tackle this concept? The use of negative space is an essential design element.  You need to be…

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Why We Should Teach Design Early – design mind on GOOD – GOOD

January 14, 2010
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Why We Should Teach Design Early – design mind on GOOD – GOOD

This is an article from a design series from design mind magazine. The project, TeachDesign, approaches the issue of waiting to teach design skills until college. “Designers, through training and experience, develop a different lens through which to see the world.”  What a great way to summarize the need to develop the design aptitude. In…

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