Defining "Good" Design for the Web

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5th graders are tasked with curating their own digital portfolios throughout the year with Google Sites – a wiki tool for creating websites. Part of tending to your own little piece of the web, is recognizing good design, and practicing it on your own.

This week, 5th graders were prompted to identify the strong and weak design elements of some sample webpages. Take a look at candyromeo.com vs dieselandmerlot for example… both about dogs, but quite oppositely designed.

Among their many observations:

  1. Keep sites simple, clean, well organized.
  2. Avoid busy, cluttered graphics and text that is hard to read.
  3. Content is more important than “flashy” graphics and animations.

Students then left comments on our division’s tech site, where they identified strong and weak design elements of websites that they like to frequent on their own time.

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