Category Archives: Aesthetics

Sign here: pride in learning design

When the design for the Apple Macintosh was complete, Steve Jobs had the small team sign a piece of paper, then engraved the signatures on the inside of the case of every machine that went out of the factory. Painters … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Brand, Creative, Design, Education, Identity, Inspiration, Learning, Learning Design, Pride | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Imagery in e-learning: is a picture really worth a thousand words, and are they the right ones?

We’re working on a kind of storybook project this week, using photos to create montages of action, with speech bubbles and text panels. It’s a neat and simple presentation style, but it does mean you have to think quite carefully … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Clarity, Creative, Drawing, Engagement, Graphic Design, Learning, Stories, Storytelling | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The visual language of dance: interpreting messages through movement.

The subject was ‘Spitfire’. Four male dancers in string vests and long johns, each taking it in turns to run around the stage pretending to be a second world war fighter. Sometimes together, sometimes apart. Sound strange? Well, kind of, … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Communication, Dance, Language, Learning | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Building a boat: functional and aesthetic aspects of design.

I spent time yesterday walking by the Broads, the great expanse of waterways that run through East Anglia. There are still quite a number of boatbuilders active from small yards by the side of the water, many of them working … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Craft, Craftsman, Inspiration, Learning | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment