Design Really Does Matter

Stumbled upon this vidcast from Canadian educator Dean Shareski given at the 2007 K-12 Online Conference. Dean’s nicely produced 25′ video discusses the importance of design in education. He’s even produced a teaser trailer on YouTube. Now that’s innovative!

Dean roams across design principles introducing some innovative ways of thinking about classroom space as well as working with multimedia. He also includes brief interviews with other educators with views of their own on design and education. He’s a minimalist at heart, and a Mac man too, I see. His own presentation is a very good example of the principles he espouses.

I like his emphasis on the importance of white space, constraint, and elimination, and his urging to avoid templates in the interests of innovation. His take on branding is well-timed also in these days of the ‘read-write web.’

I’m taking away these four key checkpoints for my own educational productions:

Does it work?
Is it beautiful?
Is it powerful?
Is it inspiring?


3 responses to “Design Really Does Matter”

  1. Dean Shareski Avatar
    Dean Shareski


    Thanks for the kind works. I like your take aways and hope you’ll continue promoting the value of good design.

    One odd thing is that you suggest
    I’m a Mac guy. I’m actually not but wondered why you thought that?

    Just curious.

  2. Kate Foy Avatar
    Kate Foy

    Hi Dean
    Now there’s the power of iconic branding! I noticed Apple product icons sprinkled through your presentation, as well as your spot-on comment on Apple’s leading the way in good design. I incorrectly assumed you were a Mac person! No offence I assure you.

    I bought my first computer (a Mac) back in 1984 because it was so well designed. I just loved the fundamental human-design principle behind the mouse: when people want something, they point at it and click. Worked for me!

    Best wishes.

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