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We all know dan has some design chops. I find out yesterday that Mister has some too.

I know that in some sense, this is something you get better at by just doing it. However, I can think I did just fine, and then come back 3 months later to review something and realize that it’s complete crap. Part of this is that I don’t have the tools (in my head) to quantify how good something is.

Is this really something that I just need to learn slowly, building my own sense, or is there a way off accelerating my learning so that I’m not on the brink of retirement before I hit “adequate”?

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Dan Meyer | April 23, 2008 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    Same link both times.

    [Fixed. KThx. Mr. K]

  2. Hey Mister | April 23, 2008 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    Hey thanks!

    Dan’s definitely got some design skills. I was going to steal one of his designs for this handout, as a matter of fact.

  3. Sarah | April 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure if this summer program is quite what you’re looking for, but it arrived in my housemate’s e-mail earlier this week.

    The e-mail itself isn’t the most comment friendly—I don’t have enough information to feel comfortable summarizing.

    I forwarded it Dan already, but am going to leave the whole thing here so others can see it too.

    For those interested in learning more about design and ways to include it in your curriculum read on. Note that there is a $1500 stipend available.

    Summer Design Institute at the Walker Art Center
    July 28-August 1 ’08

    Summer Design Institute (SDI) is an intensive, process-based program that will train K-12 teachers to use design and invention in their classrooms. In 2008 SDI will explore the ideas presented in an upcoming Walker Art Center exhibition entitled “Design for the other 90%”

    featuring the work of designers attempting to improve the lives of people living in poverty or recovering from natural disasters.
    Summer Design Institute features hands-on workshops and keynote presentations that connect the school curriculum with the world beyond the classroom. Teachers will share experiences and then create inventive design-focused lesson plans and activities aligned to the National Standards for all grade ranges.
    To evaluate the effectiveness of this content, Cooper-Hewitt will follow these teachers as they integrate these lessons in their own classrooms. Thirty K-12 teachers will accepted to attend will receive a $1500 stipend in exchange for his/her participation and attendance in all training/planning activities and the completion of lesson plans, Web postings, and evaluation materials.

    Preference will be given to pairs of teachers from the same school. Applications must be postmarked be May 23, 2008.
    Contact Susan Rotilie for more information and application materials.

    (It happens to be the one week this summer when I have unchangeable family plans. Bummer for me, but maybe it ups your chance of getting in.)