People won’t always say this out loud, but there’s a lurking assumption that making learning content more accessible is going to mean making it less beautiful. Obviously you want to make your content work for the widest and most diverse audience of learners. But does that necessarily mean a compromise on aesthetics?
I say no. And luckily for me, all the best authorities on design agree. Here’s why.
Let’s start with ‘What is good design?’ Good design is not only about the look and feel of a thing, it’s also about fitness to purpose. And that is true whether the thing in question is something functional like a potato peeler, or something innovative and slightly abstract like a virtual reality experience. It’s there to get the job done, whether the job in question is to peel you spuds or blow your mind.
50 years ago design pioneer Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer responsible for Braun’s consumer products, asked himself: is my design good design? In answer to his question he created 10 principles of good design (sometimes known as the ‘10 commandments’).