Children’s literature, such as Winnie-the-Pooh stands as a staple of every childhood and will continue to do so for years to come. His books represent the ultimate symbol of how to share and be kind to others. But what can Winnie the Pooh teach you about graphic design in eLearning?
If you’ve ever read about Pooh, you know he lives in the Hundred Acre Woods near his dear friends Tigger, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, and Christopher Robin. Their adventures are endless, and their life lessons are superb.
As you flip through the pages, your eyes will take emphasis on the carefully drawn images. Although most of his books were written and illustrated many moons ago, they have exquisite sketches of Pooh and his friends on their adventures. Through the genius use of bold colors, the pages of this piece of children’s literature offers the same techniques as what is used in graphic design.
Graphic Design in Winnie-The-Pooh
As we mentioned in our previous article, Today’s Ordinary is Tomorrow’s Extraordinary, there are three main purposes of graphic design – function, communication, and aesthetic.
Children’s literature such as Winnie-the-Pooh represents all of these in each book. All of the graphics have a purpose – most of which is to display what is described with each turn of the page. The graphics display a form of communication to the reader, so they can best interpret the visual communication effectively as the writer intended it. Most importantly, the aesthetic is considered the most beautiful part of the whole adventure. We recognize the beauty in these pieces of children’s literature, just as we recognize it in graphic design for eLearning.
Wholeheartedly, each piece of children’s literature utilizes fine art in the most useful way. All of this is done to engage the reader, regardless of age. Graphic design, whether done through eLearning or other uses, is used in the same light – to engage the reader by grabbing their attention through the use of colors, shapes, lines, styles, and the overall balance.
By lacking any of these elements, the reader could become disinterested. But the same rules apply to graphic design, whether it’s part of eLearning or children’s literature. In order to pull the reader in, the design must be appealing. This is just as important when it comes to digital influences and just how much they intrigue the reader, no matter what age group they fall into.
Children’s literature teaches us more than just the importance of graphic design. It teaches us the value of life and the lessons we must learn along the way in order to be happy, successful, kind human beings. Each story offers something new that both children and adults alike can benefit from learning.
One of my favorite lessons that Winnie-the-Pooh and his dear friends can offer each of us is to seize the day. No matter what happens, it is ever important to know that life doesn’t wait on us. It continues on, regardless of the circumstance. The only way we can be successful is by conquering the day, by making it our own. Make the most of each moment, no matter how short it may be. But always remember to be kind and share with others.
Although Pooh isn’t your typical eLearning lesson, he has taught us to appreciate the little things. His books have stood the test of time, as they became published in 1926. However, the age is not relevant as these small pieces of children’s literature teach us to appreciate graphic design, even those that are 95 years old. As we turn the page on a new era of graphic design, we will never deny just how much Winnie-the-Pooh paved the way for today’s new age of visual communication.