I spent a few hours at Ikea today learning about design.
Here are a few things that stuck with me.
- Start with why. Selecting furniture is the very last thing we should be doing but it is usually the first.
- Colors – only stick with 3 colors max. Keep your color palette simple.
- Make sure you cycle through your anchor charts. When you are finished, take a picture, print and put them into a book/binder. Easy, clean access.
- Posture – lean in or back? Each has a purpose. Chairs and stools have a different purpose.
There is a training/PD space that we have our eye on to redesign. We were given advice on how to start that big process.
A few hours on a Saturday where worth giving up for the knowledge gain.
Final thought – we spend millions on curriculum but zero on design. I wonder why that is? Is it lack of understanding? Trust those who built the school knows whats best for kids? I have many more wonderings…