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As we continue to refine our outreach efforts, it seems useful to remember the role of newsletters in reaching people. This article highlights the importance of newsletters and discusses some of the design challenges they present. What do you think of our current newsletters for the library, TCR, NLT, and the EdLab?
As we continue to develop the EdLab website, it is useful to consider the purpose of the site and the best way to achieve it. If our goal is to build relationships to grow the network of those committed to a new learning landscape that offers more to more people, we might consider the approach outlined in this piece on the importance of telling our story. What are the impli...
So, just when you thought the creative caree...
Check out this project using 3d printing to create data visualizations for an annual report. As I think about this approach, I wonder if it would be possible to create both 3d report size versions and Learning Theater size versions of 3d data visualizations to maximize the impact of a data visualization experience?
Ideas that become popular inevitably fall into overuse and ultimately misuse. That is why transforming popular ideas for our own use is often better than simply adopting them. Design Thinking anyone? Dan Saffer: How to Lie With Design Thinking from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo.
As we begin to work more seriously with the audio system in the Learning Theater, we might pay some attention to this advice about some basic principles for organizing our audio program. How do you envision the audio environment being activated to enhance learning?
Check out this piece on website design to enhance identity. This caught my attention because the first item on the list of key elements of effective design is readable text.
Dan Saffer explores the question of invisible design in this short piece that challenges the notion that the best designs are invisible. He concludes that the best designs do three things: make something beautiful, make something easier, and make something possible. Have you encountered anything recently with all three properties of good design?
Relying on instructions in digital and physical environments can be an indicator of poor design according to an article in ProPublica. This is worth thinking about as we develop the Learning Theater, the library, and our digital tools.
Take a look at this installation highlighting the power of sound and light to create an environment. This is an interesting example for us to consider as we use sound and light to shape the Learning Theater environment.