Learner Description: This page was created for adult learners in a digital design distance education course. This jigsaw internet search activity is designed to enhance student comprehension of the principles of design. It is based upon the cooperative learning model created by Elliot Aronson (http://www.jigsaw.org/).

Digital design software comparisons. Color models PDF handout. Graphic and image file formats. Introduction

Jigsaw Group DiagramYou will use the internet to search for topics related to the C.A.R.P. (Contrast, Alignment, Repetition, and Proximity) principles of design. Each of you will become an expert in one aspect of a design principle. You will then teach others and they will teach you about their topic.

Instructions

  1. You will begin this activity in a “home” group (A, B, C, or D) consisting of four students assigned by your instructor.
  2. Count off from 1-4.
  3. You will then leave your “home” group and meet in “expert” group with the same number as yours.
  4. Discuss and research the design principle topic assigned to your specific “expert” group.
  5. Search and find examples using the internet resources provided below.
  6. Prepare a short presentation with the specified number of print and web examples and decide as a group how you teach your “home” group about your assigned design principle.
  7. Return to your “home” group and present your design principle topic.
  8. Each of your “home” group members will take turns teaching each of the CARP design principles.
Jigsaw Expert Group Activities
Group Design Principles Topics Resources

Expert Group 1

Contrast

  • Define Contrast as it relates to visual design.
  • Search for three examples of Contrast in print design (i.e., logos, brochures, posters, business cards, stationary).
  • Search for three examples of Contrast in web design.

about.com: Contrast

Print Design Collection

AIGA Design Archives

Website Gallery

Webby Awards

Expert Group 2

Alignment

  • Define Alignment as it relates to visual design.
  • Search for three examples of Alignment in print design (i.e., logos, brochures, posters, business cards, stationary).
  • Search for three examples of Alignment in web design.

about.com: Alignment

Print Design Collection

AIGA Design Archives

Website Gallery

Webby Awards

Expert Group 3

Repetition

  • Define Repetition as it relates to visual design.
  • Search for three examples of Repetition in print design (i.e., logos, brochures, posters, business cards, stationary).
  • Search for three examples of Repetition in web design.

about.com: Repetition

Print Design Collection

AIGA Design Archives

Website Gallery

Webby Awards

Expert Group 4

Proximity

  • Define Proximity as it relates to visual design.
  • Search for three examples of Proximity in print design (i.e., logos, brochures, posters, business cards, stationary).
  • Search for three examples of Proximity in web design.

about.com: Proximity

Print Design Collection

AIGA Design Archives

Website Gallery

Webby Awards

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