New course, new school year, new job changes…
This week, COETAIL course 3 kicked off with a focus on intentional design.
After going through the excellent readings shared, I’d say most things consolidated my beliefs and practices on this topic.
Below are some skills posited in the readings that I practice regularly, and actively teach with my children.
Contrast – Alignment – Repetition – and Proximity [CARP]
I remember first being introduced to this by Keri-Lee Beasley in her workshop at a Learning 2 Conference in Manilla some years back.
It really struck a chord with me.
CARP is always at the front and center of whatever content I produce and I am often teaching these concepts in small doses or in workshops with my kids.
Here’s a great visual on the topic created by a former COETAIL-er, Reid Wilson.
Chunking, small snippets of ideas, small lists, sub-headings, space …
Generally speaking, if we can group our ideas into 5 or less synthesized and salient arguments towards one very central and focused topic, that’s a winning recipe to a successful post, in my opinion.
Less is more
A quick search on Google for word limits in a blog post suggests that 2,000 or less should be your target.
I’d argue no more than 1,000. If you’re running over that, think of how you could separate your ideas into two more digestible posts.
As human attention spans keep reducing to less than that of a goldfish, this is great food for thought for intentional curation of your content.
Leave your audience with some takeaways
I like to mix it up with any combination of the following…
Intentional Design Reflection: What are my goals? What could I do better?
Some further takeaways on this topic
A leaving favour to ask of you!
Design is intelligence made visual.” – Alina Wheeler, Author