Monday, 15 January 2018

GDES2014 - FINAL SUBMISSION BOARDS - NATIONAL ARCHIVES eBOOK BRIEF

Here are all the student design boards showing the various A4 eBook page designs & activities by each student on the Children's Book Design module towards the National Archives 'live' brief.

Here's a few quick student comments at submission time from some of those below:

On the module visit to the National Archives:
"My visit to TNA made a huge difference to how I felt about the project. Before visiting I was a little confused and unsure what the clients were really expecting. It felt like a long time since I had been taught History, so I couldn’t quite remember what sort of topics we learnt about or had been quizzed on. Being able to visit TNA not only helped me to understand how the organisation worked in terms of being open to the public, but it helped me understand what sort of workshops and educational packages they offered. "
Student comment at submission of work.

On the module and it's structure/contents:
"Learning so much about design - which was a completely new area to me as an illustration student.. really opened my eyes to all the things that go on 'behind the scenes' of a design and will definitely inform my work in the future. I also learned a lot about digital mediums by creating my work digitally. I enjoyed this module brief a lot, thankyou!!"
Student comment at submission of work.

"What I enjoyed about this module was working on a live brief with professional clients as it was my first time doing so. I found this to be very interestig and educational as I feel like it has helped prepapre me for future modules and work. I also enjoyed the differet lectures about product appropriation etc as they expanded my knowledge on such important factors/subjects."
Student comment at submission of work.

".. I absolutely loved learning about the psychology behind teaching them (children). The trip to The National Archives was amazing, it was really nice being able to work for such a wonderful organisation."
Student comment at submission of work.

"Learning such a vast amount about design for children's books has been so interesting, and it's knowledge that I will be able to carry through to other modules and will help me further in my career".
Student comment at submission of work.

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THURS GROUP


Megan Andrews


1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.

The National Archives’ website provides a range of educational materials for KS2, 3,4, and 5, which vary from different time periods. Exercises included in the activity packs range from group discussions and comprehensions. These exercises are varied depending on what key stage they are targeted at. Hampton Court Palace’s website provides worksheets for Key Stage 2, 3 ,4 and 5. Their worksheets provide classroom resources which contain activities. Alongside each worksheet a secondary resource is provided for teachers containing a step by step process of the information displayed. Researching into these website resources enabled me to establish what key aspects was needed upon my activity spreads. This was done through examining the activity’s that they both offer and creating something similar.

2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mind what you've learned?

From researching into the chosen online resources provided by the brief such as The National Archives and Hampton Court Palace, it enabled my final spread designs to be effective and successful as they provide similar tasks for the students to what the online resources provide. The spreads designed provide students with Second World War related historical documents; a photograph, letters and also a map. The activities that were created will challenge and engage students with the historical documents while also making the activities fun to complete.

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences?

I feel that my eBook activities will be engaging and enticing for Key Stage 2 and 3 children this is because of the detailed illustrations provided enabling them to be interesting to the viewer. The tasks that have been design are challenging yet interesting because of the authentic historical documents provided and the tasks that work alongside them. By leaving large amounts of space for the students to provide their answers to the questions it allows them to write to their personal preference. 

Becky Arnott


List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant. 

Researching into previous educational books inspired me to create something completely different. Typically text books targeted towards the 
older end of my target audience were bland and boring, with little to no colour or illustration. Alongside this, looking into ways in which children learn helped me create a more activity based learning style, getting the user to do/create things rather than just answering questions. Finally a key aspect of my inspiration was the historical documents found within The National Archives. Their aesthetic from the colour of the material to the texture and type of material used encouraged me to use "raw materials" such as card and off-white styled paper within my final designs. 

Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mid what you've learned? 

I feel that my designs are effective in the way in which they engage the user. Due to the style of questions throughout my spreads the child is encouraged to interact with the historical documents and create their own, meaning they must first pay attention to the original. Creating their own would give them a more in-depth understanding into the purpose and function of the original document. I also believe that the creative nature of my final piece the child would see the spread as something appealing, and create excitement for them to complete it; rather than seeing it as "just another boring worksheet". 

How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences? 

From user testing I got to experience first hand how my eBook were received. My users enjoyed completing the "create your own" questions and felt it gave them a closer insight to the documents themselves. They also enjoyed the way the spreads looked due to their friendly and inviting nature; as well as the fact that it looks like a sticker page, encouraging their creativity. From testing with teachers in addition to children of the target audience age, I know that they also find the pages exciting and would encourage the children to have fun while completing. 

Zak Atkinson


1-One research finding that influenced the questions and topics that I included in my ebook was the Web Article ‘Using books to tackle tough subjects’ by parentmap.com. It outlined the difficulty in explaining subjects to your children, and how books can prompt such a conversation. I thought my topic of the Cold War was a suitable catalyst for questions about the thoughts and feelings towards War.


Another influence was an article by justpublishingadvice.com. In the article is discusses how ebooks haven’t been as successful as initially accepted, and how one reason is that users miss that tactile feeling in the hand. I have tried to replicate this in my design with the use of a lot textured overlays.


The sources sent to me by the National Archives actually inspired me to give a layered effect, similar to the work surface of a desk. This is most clear on page 2, where I have the source ‘pasted’ on top deliberately, with a pin image making the sheet look like a notice board.


2-My design is effective because the questions are directed for the user to pick out details from the sources, expanding more in-depth on the story that was documented. It contains an art style reflective of the era, also containing vector based graphics reflecting the age range.


3-I believe that my ebook pages will be well received from the target audience. This is because of the mixture of art styles used, broadening the potential reach, as well as aesthetic considerations based on the era and document type - text references with words such as ‘top secret’ and ‘classified’. These are suitable for the design, but also give a sense of importance and exclusivity.


Emma Bennett


http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/stages-milestones/academic-learning-among-11-13-year-olds


This link helped me understand how to work with children in K2 and K3. It was important because if you don't understand how that little brain of theirs works then you can't understand and design the right thing.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/teachers/who-we-are/


Cam Botfield


1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.

First of all I looked at 1966 newspaper styles because I was basing my booklet around the great fire of London, I feel that this influenced me a lot because it makes my booklet fit together as a whole and has the same layout throughout, this also makes it look more authentic and of the time The Great Fire of London actually happened. 

Also I looked into an original book called the Great Fire of London which really also influenced me with my questions for the booklet, the designs were really exaggerated which made me think about my designs and what to put for the questions. 


2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mid what you've learned?

I feel that my designs are suitable because I did some user testing with someone who is actually the age of the audience and they really enjoyed it and could fully understand my questions. Also my newspaper design fits in well with the era of the great fire of London so they all link in together.

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences?

I think that they will either receive it as paper or pdf form which will be displayed on the board in class. My ideas are suitable for that age range so i think that they will enjoy the activities and questions.

Beth Derbridge


1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant. 

Going through articles and reading about the history about each of my archives helped me to get more of an accurate theme for my Ebook. Creating mood boards for each archive also helped me to get the right colour for each spread. when adding elements like the masking tape and ripped out pages also helped my spreads to look more like a world war 2 theme.

2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mid what you've learned? 

I believe that they are effective because I have done thorough research to make my spreads have an accurate theme with world war two elements. 

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences? 

I believe they will be excited when it comes to the activities and making the gas mask design as I found this was a strong point when user testing.

Abbie Lowe


Three key things in which influenced me was a childs mind during the WW2 this is because I saw it as a way to get 'in touch' with the child and allow them to 'relate' to the design in a way - to see it as thought they would if they were in the war themselves. 


Another thing that inspired me was the quote "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso. This inspired me by thinking this way. As the audience were the audience which have the biggest gap in between them, theres a lot of growing up that happens in this course too. It's important that we allow a child be a child and continue as they grow. Therefore, I ensured that this book didn't block or constrain the audience. 


The last thing that influenced me was the 'I Can Cook' brief that was completed at the start of this module. I used a full designed background in this and I saw it and was told that it seemed immersive. I made sure that this continued through to my final designs.


I feel that my final designs are effective due to the fact that they are immersive. They involve the child and allow them to be anything that they want with no harsh restrictions. I believe that I have achieved this. I learned a lot about designing for children in this module and it is a lot harder than what people think. Especially this specific audience. 


I feel as though they will be recieved well, there is nothing that i have done that would suggest otherwise. 


Max Mann


1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.

The first key research was The Nation Archives website. Having a list of documents and resources that was at my finger tips made it very easy to find a broad range of documents. This is where I found my documents to use on my spreads and was able to get a good idea of what I wanted to do. 
I also used this website at the begging of the module to piece together mood boards and see if I could use certain aspects of documents such as posters to use in my designs and development.

The second useful bit of research was the ‘How children learn’ session. There were so many attributes that contributed to how children learn. On a personal level I understood the importance of this and was always think back to the session and looking at my notes that I had made during the design process to see if my designs were appropriate.


The third useful research was learning about the target audience. Key stage 2 and Key stage 3 have their similarities and their differences. It was important for me to know how each Key Stage is different and what other books and documents look like so I could design in a similar style yet with my own unique twist on it. 


All together I think these three pieces of research and lecture sessions where the most important and had a significant effect on my designs.


2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mind what you've learned?

After designing my spreads in illustrator and moving them over to InDesign I think they work well. I think this is due to the sessions about how children learn and how there are several types of learners. It was important for me to consider and think about this while I was designing my ideas. It also helped when I printed them as this helped me visualise how they might be used in the classroom. As both eBooks and as printed books.

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences?

I believe that if I were to give my designs to a key stage 2 or key stage 3 group then I think would know what to do and would find my spread interactive and fun. I think this because of the add-ons that require the students to think and use a separate piece of paper or use their imagination to come up with an answer. The use of the ‘Did you Know fact’ that I have added on two of my spreads helps add some further detail to the theme of the spread. I really like my spreads and think they are appropriate because of the afore mentioned reasons. 

Anna Miller


1. List three key research findings that inspired your final design solutions, and why you feel these are important.

The biggest inspiration was taken from posters and documents created during the Second World War. I looked into the art styles used and applied these to my own design. For example; the typefaces were based off typewriter fonts, stencil fonts which were used on stamps and posters etc. The colours also. Using relevant art styles help the child engage even more; supply additional information subtly.

Secondly, I took inspiration from a blog page which listed useful tips and advice on how to design for children. It included points such as; make it colourful, know your target audience (older children can handle more text), don’t stick to the grid layout etc. I applied these tips to my own designs.


Finally, I took inspiration from current activity spreads already out there for children; I found one particularly useful, suggested in the brief - Hampton Court Palace. I looked at how they laid information out on a page, colours they used, amount of text and imagery etc.


2. Why do you feel that your final designs are effective, bearing in mind what you’ve learned?

I think my activity sheets are engaging. The documents haven’t just been plonked on the page; I put each of them in context. Also, I tried to design the pages in a childish/ scrapbook style to make them more interesting. Furthermore, due to additional research into the target audience, through interviews with teachers, I  discovered that many children prefer to look at images than text; some still struggle with reading even at this age, therefore using all visual documents was supposed to support those less capable, whilst still including in depth questions to challenge the more able. 

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages might be received by your Keystage 2/3 audiences? 

They may show more interest in my sheets, than boring blank pages containing 3 questions and a reference image. These are much more inviting sheets, and the way they’ve been designed makes them relevant to the time period and therefore more interesting. 

Ross Morgan

1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant. 

The Archives trip - Without I wouldn't have been able to gain the firsthand insight into how the workshop was carried out for the students, this could therefore not have been channeled into my design phase. Without considering this it would've made the process much more difficult

WW2 - During the archives trip we were put into groups during the 'What is History' workshop, we studied a range of World War Two documents which later influenced the flavour of my chosen pages. Experiencing these first hand had a profound impression on the way I tackled my design process, the same feeling could not have been achieved by solely using secondary research. 


User testing - Ill be honest I didn't think this would play as big of a part as it did, I was fortunate enough have enough family members that had children around the key stage 2 bracket - by providing them with questionnaires I was provided a mother way of looking at what I had already created, this helped to push the project into a more successful direction 


2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mind what you've learned?

They share a consistent formula, they share contrast and are more visual than text based. From the research I carried out through primary and secondary methods children find images to hold their concentration much better, the overall layouts of the pages were designed to be simple so that although the correct information could be taught and taken in it wasn't too overwhelming that the student was put off, it needed to be inviting and I feel that looking back across the previous National Archive task sheets this has been successful. 

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences? 

I think well, they're bold, vivid and have a lot of contrast that I feel would keep the students interested for the entirety  of the workshop. They offer simple to read colours that although share a strong correlation to the theme they're portraying are slightly brighter to avoid seeming dull and decrepit. I believe the overall concept to be of a particular interest to children also, during their younger years children love to explore, unlock and discover. The overall 'Mission brief' Encompasses a decoding section where they must look back across the pages they've already to completed to uncover a hidden message - this furthers interaction and I feel that for this reason key stage 2 students will enjoy them greatly. 

Christian Paynter


When reaching my final desisions for the layouts of my pages there was a few things that got me there that helped inspire my designs. Colour. My final page used a lot of colour, this is so they look more attractive. Doing so will engage more children as it is more pleasing to look at. I got my colour refrences from old childrens books like 'Spot the dog' and  'Rosies Walk'. I think using this has help as then doing my user testing my sister got to see the full detail of the images and not just in black and white, which most schools would use. Another thing I used in my design was the colour design in the background. When looking at how children learn, I found out that if you give them a little push in 'aim high' or 'keep trying' it goes a long way. Its why my coloured line isnt a staight line. Its going 'Up' but also has a calm point. At first I didnt know how to show this though my design, keep pushing forward, but I think after looking into it, just small signs showing some progression like a graph hopfully will show. Its also why all 3 lines are not the same. Another thing I thought was key in my design was the 'look at me's' and 'now you try's'. Although its just adding something small, it breaks up the formality on what is doing questions. I got this from the peer review, I knew my pages needed something a little more, it was just finding what that was. I got the idea from, once again, old childrens books. They would say 'now you try', or, 'have a go'. It would mostly be within handwriting books, but still an activity book so I guess it counts.


I feel as though my designs are effective due to the layout of all 3 pages together. When looking at the order of the questions, id first try and give them a thinking question, wether this be, look at this, or what do you think this means. This would warm up thier brain a little first before writing things down. Then it would be the write down what you think this means. Trying to get them to think more about the detail after the first question. Then would be the easy part, the activity part. Drawing and word searches. Just to take the edge off it. Giving them something a little easy for the sense of acomplishment, justs adds a bit of fun to the page.


When thinking about how my target auidence would recive these books I would hope it would be after a lesson of 'history' but when learning about my 3 topics. This would make the questions have a lot more sense and would be 100% easier. Id like to think they would get it in colour becuase of just how more effective it is, but due to school printing, theyd most likly be in black and white. But thinking about how they would react, id hope they would enjoy having a activity book / sheet that isnt just "gcse questions" or "they are boring and not fun". After doing some research I wanted to make my book different to everyone elses. Add more colour, make it look interesting, make them more fun. After some user testing id say I met these goals, I just hope that if any children did get my book theyd feel the same way.


Kelly Smith


List 3x Key research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why you feel these are important or significant

1) TedED Educational History Video - This inspired me to make my history worksheets contemporary rather than stereotypically looking old/worn out. The bright colours make education fun! 
2) Stonewall Education for All - I liked the fresh and clean look to these sheets, they looked more like fun activities/diary pages rather than work which kids would love.
3) 6 different Children's History Books - I went to the library and looked at History books for children, some books were for younger children but it still allowed me to see some great design styles.

Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mind what you’ve learned?

I feel that my final designs and ideas for my eBook pages are effective due to them fitting in with the new KS2&3 History National Curriculum. The questions and activities are very much based on getting pupils to look and take in the information that’s in front of them whether that be a picture, a 3D object or a piece of text. 

How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key Stage 2/3 audiences?

I feel delighted at the thought of the possibility! When I was at school we only ever received textbooks to copy from onto lined paper. The sheets I did sometimes get were always black and white with barely any form of art or illustration on them; just plain text and answer boxes. It’s so great to think pupils might get my worksheets and feel more interested/engaged in History than I ever did as a result of this.

Ben Topp




From having the opportunity to visit The National Archives personally and having the chance to witness such historic documents first hand. I was heavily influenced by the design of documents, the importance of information held, and how well the documents were preserved. This lead me down the path of designing my eBook the way I did, in a way of realism and authenticity.


With my eBook, I wish to engage the audience in a way that captures the realism and the authenticity of uncovering historical documents. The textures and the wear and tear of my eBook should compliment this by allowing students to feel as if they are unravelling a document for the first time.

I aim for my eBook to be received as a fun and interesting for my viewers. The aspect of realism should engage my KS2 & KS3 audiences in a way that makes history seem purposeful. I also attempt to add an aspect of mystery within work, having the students figure out the who’s, how’s and why’s on an important document. I show this in my second and third double page spread.

Joe Yates




Q1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.


1. The National Archives education web page. I found this useful because I was able to see what the archives already had in terms of resources and the kind of activities they ran. With an idea of how they like to teach, I could gage what kind of questions and activities to include in my own booklet. 


2. The CBBC website. This was a useful resource, mainly because it helped gain an understanding of what current children’s literature and educational resources looked like. I could then know to replicate some of the visual themes, and create something unique that offered a different approach to what already exists.


3. Books on Medieval artwork. I took out two books on Medieval artwork, these really helped me to get visual ideas of how to present the pages of my booklet. This brief was specifically history based and looking at some examples from history really helped.


Q2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mid what you've learned?

 I think my designs are contemporary, in a way that reflects the past and the era in which the historical document was made. After testing the eBook on a cKS2 child and two education professionals, I can safely say that it works well in engaging the target audience and stimulates the child enough to stay interested. The fun illustrations help to make it visually exciting and stop it being too serious and intellectual. 

Q3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences?

I think children in KS2 and 3 would be very engaged with this book because it is visually engaging and reflects the Medieval period. The activities also give the children the opportunity to think for themselves and enquire about the document, in this case the Chertsey Map. Having tried it out on my 9 and  half year old cousin, I think it is relaxed enough that he didn’t seem to find it tasking, but stimulating enough that he stayed focussed and interested.

WEDS GROUP


Joshua Bartlett

1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.

- when researching in to the project, coming across information about the zeppelins was hard to find on the website itself with only 3 documents,

- researching the images for the collages was simple it was just trying to find the right ones to work. and in combination of digital effects i think i pulled it off. the illustrations are collages this came from a Russian poster i saw about zeppelins. and the idea to use red came from that poster. i do feel that illustrations worked even though i kind of rushed the last 5  

- the national achieves didn't have any research in zeppelins or how they where used, so i had to look up other historical research to fill in the gaps. one of the links went to a dead page. but i do feel that the leaflet is kind of mesh mashed together. but i #t still gets the information across 

2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mind what you've learned?
I feel that i could have worked on it more.  but the idea of the leaflet works, designing the leaflet was difficult due to not using indesign, but if i could do this project again i would have learnt more from this and created a better final leaflet.

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences?
Even though i think the pages could have been worked on more, i feel that the basics work. and its easy and simple enough to follow. the images are easy to understand and the text is easy to read.

Emily Collard

1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.
To inform my own designs research into the existing market was vital, to see what was successful and why. I visited the Hive and spent time exploring the resources there, such as children's teaching books and non-fiction. This demonstrated to me the wide variety of approaches but also helped me establish which features I could use myself. I was able to identify successful examples based on which books grabbed me from the shelves, and which layouts engaged me as a reader. I also found examples of page spreads online, one of which contained a brilliantly themed timeline (Tudors Picture Book, USBORNE). This set my ideas in motion for creating my own timeline and from there my theme and ideas came pretty easily! One further area of research was also research online, on existing education website, such as the National Archives themselves, where I could view education resources such as lesson material and sources.

2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mid what you've learned?
Over the course of my research and the module I developed a greater understanding of children's book design and the ways in which children learn. This helped me present my designs in a way that would engage the children. I used a range of techniques such as visual heirachy, visual stimuli and use of a character for this purpose. I also think that I developed and made use of a theme effectively to not only visually appeal to the reader but also to convey context for historical enquiry.

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences?
While designing my pages I received feedback along the way - in one to one tutorials, peer feedback and user testing. All of these methods gave me excellent guidance for where to take my project. The user testing I received was especially useful as it was given to me by a teacher so they could accurately assess whether the work was appropriate for the target audience. The majority of feedback I got was highly positive and a few useful minor adjustments helped me refine my designs. For this reason I believe the designs would be received well by the audience. I think the theme is exciting and engaging and I tried hard to combine illustrative techniques with historical information and learning activities to appeal to the creative interest of the children.

Angela Featherbe-Morgan

1 The things that inspired my final solutions and choices are:

A subject that could be linked through three documents to tell a story. I feel this is important as it allows a fuller picture of a period in time and a different viewpoint.

A subject or person that children may not have heard of before instead of regurgitating the obvious historical events. Important because re-running the same things can become boring and limiting for children's knowledge.

Allow children to see a different side of WW1 period, as views are very blinkered towards fighting in the physical sense. Learning about espionage gives a real sense of what else happens in war.

2 I feel that my final designs for this brief are effective because I have kept the pages relatively simple. Included interesting questions and activities for the children to research and complete. I have given them opportunity to use their historical enquiry skills to put the pieces of each worksheet together like a jigsaw. I believe they will want to find out more about Mata Hari after this, because I haven't given them an ending to her story. I have done this on purpose so that they want to do more research on her. 
I have used bright but not off putting colours and text boxes to make the layout more useable, the brush and line illustrations add interest and help tell her story.

3 Going from the verbal feedback I have received from some of the 9-10yr olds in my daughter’s year group. They like the colours and the activities/questions of the worksheets. I hope that it will be well received from other Key stage 2/3 audiences.

Jessica Hammond

1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.
The three most important research references/findings that inspire for my designs for this brief would be:

1) the already existing and available resources such as the Horrible History and Aaron Wilkes History book series as the imagery and design reasoning (i.e. using bold imagery to break up the text across the page as well as support it) really inspired me.
2) The National Archives website. The National Archives website is full of rich and exciting resources, both Historical documents and learning resources, which have inspired and motivated me throughout this whole module. 
3) I also found that the lectures held at the university for this module have helped tremendously inspiring as i was able to expand my knowledge on specifics such as product appropriation for children's book design, the importance of typography and also the use of grids and layouts etc which all helped me develop my final designs for this brief.

2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mid what you've learnt?
I feel that the final ideas and designs of my e-activity book are effective as the design i have chosen to use is a basic yet illustrative one, really brining the focus in on the historical documents themselves and making sure that the students who will be using them stay focused on questioning the documents and developing their investigative skills.

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences?
I think my final design of the e-activity book will be perceived well by the key stage 2&3 students as I believe it is both visually interesting as well as educationally stimulating. I made sure that the product was coherent and visually appealing, making it easy for its users (especially that of key stage 2&3 children) to follow along and investigate in an enjoyable experience. 

Eniko Lajtai

1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.
Most of my research I have done in The Hive's children's book section. I looked at many different non-fiction books for children, ranging from school textbooks and exercise books to narrative history picture books to get inspired for this age-range. Apart from books at The Hive my secondary references were The National Archives website itself. Here I was able to work with the documents first-hand and find more out about those. My art design was hugely inspired by the french cartoons from the 70s-80s called Il etait une fois.... I remembered this cartoon teaching me a lot about the human body, history and science in general when I was 9-10 and I find its art style the most ideal balance between realistic (or accurate) and stylised.

2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mid what you've learned?
I think I created a design, colour and illustration combination that it was appropriate for the selected age range. My documents are very versatile and range from easy to read maps, to more scandalous propaganda, to photographs of a most likely unknown person that all will excite and interest the kids as much as it excited me. So, some are going to more challenging and build on their previous knowledge or their observations and only some solutions will be hinted within the activity book itself.

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences?
From feedback I think they will be received well. My pages look visually stimulating, the questions and documents are interesting and it will definitely teach kids new facts about history and the way we can approach it and improve on their observational skills.

Henry Lam

1.

a. CGP Books
b. Horrible Histories Books
c. Pusheen the Cat

CGP Books and the Horrible Histories series adopt a very simplistic style in terms of visual arts. I have also personally used CGP's revision guides in high school and found them very useful because most the important information is simplified and given in the most straightforward terms possible. In both books, the layout is also quite straightforward and uniform making it easy to follow.

A lesser influence, Pusheen the Cat, allowed me to understand that sometimes using less text is more effective in creating something readable but with the same effect, so it becomes a matter of balancing out text usage with visual elements where it matters. I particularly used this principal when creating the banners, where the illustrations take most the area as opposed to the text boxes so that a lot is said in the visual aspect, rather it being text based.

2. I feel that eBooks need a visual aspect to accompany the informative content that comes with it. The visual elements in my work help to establish the nature of the topic, but also gives something for the audience to focus before shifting the focus to the text that follows it. It is also important that the pages are not overcrowded with text, so my implementation of standalone fact box should separate the statistics and additional details, so as to keep the information simple.

3. There is a chance that the illustrations may distract visual learners since I believe it is the element that stands out the most. In general, however, the layout is quite simplistic and information is displayed plainly, giving KS2 / KS3 learners something easy to read. It also helps that the background information is simplified to the core parts of the topic so the ideas are quickly communicated, whilst having a separate box with terminology definitions that junior learners might not understand, and additional facts for further reading for more capable learners. Ideally this would cater for and engage learners of a variety of levels.

Madeleine Moore

1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.
I found a database detailing the crimes reported in the victorian era and wanted to reflect the crimes of time. I was largely inspired by the beginnings of the Metropolitan Police, understanding how difficult it must have been to maintain order. This was an important aspect to my designs as I wished to immerse the audience in the reality of the time. Seeing documents related to the Ripper case of 1888 kick started the theme I chose of crime and punishment in the victorian era but reproducing the research suitable for children was the key to the designs.

2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mid what you've learned?
I feel I have incorporated aspects to my design that strongly engage the audience. The character throughout is direct and keeps the user's attention.

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences? 
Feedback from a ks2/3 teacher informed me the booklet I created works well to captivate the audience. I hope the work I have produced will inspire the children to explore historical documents and enquire more in day to day life.

Holly Reynolds

1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.

The most inspiring research findings for me were:
1. the Historic Royal Palaces eBook documents, as this is a similar organisation to the National Archives, delivering a similar education programme, and so their documents will have been specifically designed to appeal to the same audience we were designing for and for the same function.
2. the book 'Professor Brian Cox' by Hettie Bingham - this book effectively used a similar visual treatment to what I wanted to use for my eBook, as they used a lot of paper visuals, marker-like fonts and doodle-like illustrations to make the subject engaging to a KS2-3 audience. Seeing this book confirmed to me that that kind of visual treatment would be suitable for my audience.
3. Researching illustrators and illustration styles in general - having a look at illustration styles also helped me to develop a graphic design style to match them, as it gave me visual styles to look at and work from to inspire ideas rather than starting from nothing. Essentially, this research inspired me to come up with more interesting layouts and designs and thus improved the overall quality of my work.

2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mind what you've learned?
I feel that my designs fulfil all areas of the brief whilst also being fitting for the target audience - I think that my research really helped me to pinpoint what design ideas and techniques would allow me to create something that would appeal to 10-12 year olds in an academic subject. I feel my design presents the necessary information in a design which is easy to read and clear to follow, but also that adds interest for children for whom history might not be a particularly inspiring subject on its own. 

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences?
I think my designs would be received well by my audience - in user testing, a teacher who teaches the age range in question said that she felt my designs were suitable for 10-12 year olds and that the phrasing of my discussion questions were effective, in that they often had no definitive right or wrong answer, meaning the children could answer freely without the fear of 'getting it wrong'. Personally, I feel that the designs I've created are decorated enough with subtle illustrations that they are interesting but ultimately are very usable as a working document that could aid a child's education in this subject.

Fleur Ward

1. List 3x ‘Key’ research references/findings that inspired your final design solutions & why (you feel) these are important or significant.

- The first thing that inspired my final design solutions were the series of Horrible Histories books. These had a huge impact on my design decisions as they are the most successful books that are aimed at Key Stages 2&3 with the aim of teaching children about History. Plus these books use illustration quite strongly and due to the fact that my background is illustration this was a strong reference point for my ideas.

- The next inspiration source I found to be very useful were the history books by Aaron Wilkes. These books helped to give me an idea of how text and content best suited the age range I was creating my publication for. Plus in comparison to the Horrible Histories books these took a stronger educational approach, focusing on the fundamentals of using sources and applying learnt knowledge to questions. This is very similar to what was requested of us in our live brief so seeing how other designers/authors did this in their own books was very helpful to me.

- Lastly the lecture we had entitled 'History and Characteristics of Children's Book Design' was a huge help to me when it came to tailoring my work to a particular age range. This particular lecture helped me to understand how children's learning style and ability to learn changes as they grown up, plus it made me realise what the best design, layouts, colour schemes etc. were the most appropriate to help children to learn the best.

2. Why do you feel that your final designs and ideas for your eBook pages are effective ones bearing in mind what you've learned?
I feel that the designs of my eBook pages are very effective as they have a fun and interesting style using a variety of boxes and little page quirks to engage the children into learning, however the pages still retain enough structure to help maintain focus on the source documents and questions. I think that maintaining this structure is very important as it prevents the children from becoming too distracted as well as preparing them for the similar layout of exam papers they will take in the future. Furthermore from what I have learnt throughout the module by the time children get to the ages of 9-12 the books and resources they use in school have the sole purpose of improving skills so the fact that my eBook pages aren't flooded with imagery is fine because at this stage in a child's development they already have quite a rich imagination of their own. Also from reading the brief and meeting the clients I found out how important the use of the documents was and I really wanted to make sure that this came across as the main focus in my pages. 

3. How do you feel that your eBook pages and ideas might be received by your Key stage 2/3 audiences?
I think that my eBook pages would be received pretty well by the Key Stage 2/3 audience as the pages as interesting enough to be engaging, I especially think that the front cover works really well in sparking a child's intrigue in the subject matter.

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