CARP Visual Design Principles for Elementary Students

When looking around, I noticed that there were a few teaching resources for the CRAP/CARP design principles (contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity), but most of them were made for middle and high school students.

I therefore created a poster intended for elementary students, although it probably can be used by any age. I think it’s important that we develop visual communication skills early on, as there’s really no reason for students not to learn them. Humanity shouldn’t have to wait until middle school for students to be effective visual communicators.

This was my first infographic, and it is the product of what I learned most recently at Learning 2.0. I would like to thank Ray Gentleman and Heather Dowd for their help and guidance on that day.

CARP Infographic for Elementary

 

CARP Infographic for Elementary (Quality PDF)

10 thoughts on “CARP Visual Design Principles for Elementary Students

  1. WOW….an overlap of COETAIL and Learning2 who would have thought. Love it…or and it’s like gone viral on Twitter if you didn’t notice. :)

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  2. Beautiful Reid! Clear and understandable.

    I immediately printed one for myself and also shared it with a colleague who teaches grade 4. I hope she it with the art teacher! Maybe I will.

    Yes, I have also noticed that many/most of the infographics I’ve found really are for older students, so thank you for making this for our elementary kids. If they can develop a good eye for design and get those concepts embedded from the beginning, they have not bad habits to undo….such as we all developed and are working to undo. Thank You!

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  3. Thanks for the feedback folks. Glad it can be of some use.

    Jeff: Viral for me is like 7 retweets. :-) I’ll take it.

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  4. Thanks! I just finished a lesson on this for 4th grade students. Unfortunately, I did not have this terrific graphic to help. You are right, I had to search through college resources to help my students develop these skills. I can’t wait to share this with my students.

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  5. Can’t thank you enough for sharing this, Reid. I’m using it to teach a lesson to my class tomorrow (I had 5 huge posters printed up to hang around the room, come by to check your work out!) in preparation for e-books they are making for our Sharing the Planet unit. These e-books will form the foundation of my final COETAIL project too so hopefully they will now be all the better because of YOUR work. Thanks again!

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  6. Thanks so much for this! I was searching for exactly this sort of infographic for my students. And guess what? It’s for an element of my Coetail Course 5 project! And I didn’t even search for Coetail. Small world. I’ll be using this in a flipped learning assignment for students to earn a badge on Graphic design.

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  9. Hey Reid,
    Thanks for making this world-class infographic. It’s the best one around and I’m going to use it with attribution, not with Elementary, but with my Middle and High Schoolers and with the teachers too.
    Steve

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