506 – Organization

The intent of the assignment this week was to use organizational elements such as hierarchy to create an image that represents an introduction or overview of the contents of our unit of instruction. The concept of hierarchy deals with many of the elements we have examined already in the course such as size, shape, contrast, proximity, alignment, figure-ground, and chunking. Organization of a graphic allows the designer to quickly communicate to the viewer/learner what is important about the image and guides the viewer’s eye through the image emphasizing its most important elements. Tables and graphs are used often to communicate information and this chapter offered a great deal of information on how to convey your information in a concise, impact full manner.

My introductory image is a parody of a “Time” magazine cover. I was teaching a unit that involved the creation of a fictitious magazine cover in a Photography class at the time of this assignment and thought that a cover would be a perfect way to introduce the concepts to the learners and pique their curiosity at the same time. The cover uses size, colour, contrast, alignment to draw the viewer into the image and leads the eye from the top down.

references:

Lohr, L. L. (2003). Creating graphics for learning and performance: Lessons in visual literacy. Prentice Hall Press

“People” image source:http://www.freepik.com (Retrieved November 2, 2011)

“Light bulb” image source: http://tinyurl.com/3wbes8v (Retrieved November 1, 2011)

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506 – Selection

This weeks image uses concepts from the reading that deal with enhancing selection for the learner. The image I created uses a plain white background and a grey world map, which minimizes distraction to the viewer and forces the eye to the figure; the process of micro-financing. I also used colour to coordinate and combine images in the mind of the reader. I have mentioned in previous posts how it has been interesting finding theory behind designing images that for some people are intuitive. I think before reading this chapter I have unconsciously used this concepts of minimizing distraction and reducing cognitive load in most of my images thus far. I tend to subscribe to the “less is more” school of thought, and usually try to reduce much of my work down to what is truly needed; not just in graphic design, but also in my teaching and writing. In designing instruction I carefully consider each element to make sure it is integral to the overall objects…if in doubt leave it out! This is a difficult concept for early writers who like to throw as much information at a topic as possible in a desperate attempt to cover the topic.

This is my favorite image I have designed in this course so far. Out of all of them, I think this one is the most effective in its simplicity, colour design and message.

References:

For a complete list of references please link to:

http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/barryjanzen/502/figure-ground.html