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Ask a graphic designer to describe their job and what they do. The likeliest answer you will get is that they design “logo, cards and posters.”  Don’t bother asking them to go into more detail and the discussion will get quite boring quickly. When a child wants to know about creative design, it can get quite tricky to explain without losing interest.

Creative design is everywhere and it is in our everyday activities, from the traffic signs on the road; the games we play, that animated series your child enjoys watching on TV; or the cover title of their favourite comic book.

As creative design pervades through every part of our modern everyday life, it is quite easy to take it for granted. It can also be difficult to explain it in simple terms.

This article will give you a variety of resources to help you introduce your child to the different aspects of creative design. It will also discuss some of the software they can try and proffer an online platform, if your child wants to become proficient.

WHAT IS CREATIVE DESIGN?

Creative design is the original, imaginative, inventive, inspired development of an object with artistic elements.  The creative process is all about coming up with a result that is totally new, or taking something established and reinventing it in a new way.  It involves taking an idea and imagining a visual solution.

I will only look at three aspects of Creative design and they are 

  1. Game design and development 
  2. Graphics design 
  3. Animation 

Let’s take them one by one 

INTRODUCING YOUR CHILD TO GRAPHIC DESIGN In his blog on medium.com, David Vipond (a branding and interaction design consultant) discussed how he introduced graphics design to a class of 6-year-olds and I could not find a simpler definition.

I use colours, letters and pictures to help people understand things.

GRAPHICS DESIGN SOFTWARE

The most popular graphics design tools for graphics designs are Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and any aspiring graphics would do well to learn how these applications work

However, they are quite difficult to master and jumping in straight might discourage young learners. 

The following applications are for learners and are child-friendly:

  • Canva 
  • Microsoft Paint 
  • Gimp 
  • Tux Paint 
  • KidPix

GAME DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT FOR KIDS

Game design is based on a very important skill: Storytelling.

The four key elements of game design are challengechoicechange, and chance.

“The objective of every game is to get people to play and enjoy it.”

If a game does not have the proper challenge level, users will soon become bored with its ease or frustrated with its difficulty.  Challenges should build up slowly and steadily while the gamer gets used to the controls and the overall strategy of the game. Teaching your child this concept should be one of the first things that you do.

Change is what gives a game replay value or stickiness. Even basic 2D games present the user with a variety of backgrounds – from grass worlds to lava worlds to sky worlds. 

Game designers increasingly use chance to introduce unexpected and unpredictable elements into gameplay. One of the most common strategies that designers use is randomization which presents the player with an unpredictable number of enemy attacks, randomly timed challenges, and other alterations that increase gameplay value.

Tools for learning Game Design:

  1. Tynker 
  2. Minecraft 
  3. Kodu Game Lab 
  4. Roblox 
  5. Codea

ANIMATION FOR BEGINNERS 

You don’t need to be a Disney-grade animator to create really cool animations.

Animation is the art of bringing life to an otherwise inanimate objects, or illustrated / 3D generated characters.

It is created by projecting sequenced images quickly, one after another, to create the illusion of life.

What are the steps in creating animation?

  1. Story 
  2. Script 
  3. Assets 

These are just the basics. There are a whole other concepts and steps you will learn about. 

Animation tools

  1. Pencil 2d 
  2. Stykz 
  3. Muvizu 
  4. Toon boom
  5. Opentoonz
  6. Moho 

In Conclusion 

Often people are introduced to creative design later in life maybe when they go to universities or take external course. 

However, with a wealth of online resources like Stemacademy.io,  creative design and the ideas that underpin it can be successfully introduced to a child, particularly if they love to draw. 

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