Design Process – Road to the Presidency — October 2, 2016

Design Process – Road to the Presidency



This visual will act as the unit guide for 8th grade students learning about the Road to the Presidency.  The visual does not include descriptions of the path to the presidency, rather just the bigger ideas fitting into each section.  This will help students understand exactly what we will be studying.  Students will likely have littler prior knowledge on the presidential election process, so this will act as their first introduction to the process.  

I conducted a lot of research on the presidential election process to come up with these 7 steps, which I think will be the most beneficial when teaching my students.  During the analyze phase of ACE, I considered how this visual will benefit my students.  I found that it would be organizational, as it will present the information to them in hopefully a logical flow.  I chose to go from top to bottom to organize the concept, as I felt students would likely start reading the graphic from the top and work their way down the visual.  This was something I considered during the create phase of the ACE process.  Lastly, the evaluation of my graphic is probably most important.  I followed the evaluation process as laid out Lohr to look at effectiveness, efficiency, and appeal.  I do believe that the visual does help instructionally and that the amount of content is not overwhelming.  I hope that the students will be able to associate the information with the unit itself and can easily interpret the information.  I do think that the visual is clear and will make the learners feel like they can easily understand the concepts.  However, I do wonder if I could add more visuals to motivate the students to view the image.  I just am torn between simplicity to make sure students get what they need to out of the content and with being creative and making something visually exciting.

When sharing my image, user review is that it does accomplish the task of introducing the process to students.  They felt that the design fit in with the rest of my images and will be a good reference for students.  I did ask about whether I should “spice up” the image at all by adding an additional image and my reviewer noted that it might attract students more.  So I am a bit torn about whether to add some flare or not?  

Lohr, L. (2008). Creating graphics for learning and performance: Lessons in visual literacy. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.