organization principle

Organization Principle in Graphic Design


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The organization principle recommends the use of “chunking” information in order to make the most important information the primary focus of the graphic (Lohr, 2008).  For this project, I selected the top three “take-aways” that I want my students to focus on when they begin to design their courses using the CoI Framework.  In order to create my “chunks”, I had to review the three presences in their entirety and focus on the big ideas, rather than the small considerations made throughout the section.  The process was time consuming, but will help the learners get started in their CoI Framework course designs.

Justification of Organization-Considered Design

  1. Describe your users (people that will see the typography in the unit).

The users of my unit will be educators, either undergraduate or graduate level, that are learning the Community of Inquiry (COI) Framework in relation to online course design.  It is assumed that they are adults with at least one student experience in online education.  The users would be capable of reading college-level material.

      2. Why does your design solution work?

The most important information regarding the three presences are chunked into sequential lists.  I considered the “seven to nine” rule while determining what information was going to be presented.  All of the presences are have something that is difficult for the learners to create, therefore I did not represent the information hierarchically.   I had the information horizontal instead of vertical, but I want the learners to be able to easily print this graphic, and the text boxes when horizontal were too large.  I did my best to make the sections the same distance apart in order to create represent equal importance.

3.  What did you learn from the “user-test”?

My user-test was performed on the same individual from last week’s assignment.  He viewed the horizontal version and agreed that the information should be vertical.

4.  What changes did you make to the design after the user-test?

I have not made any changes because the feedback was positive.  I will if my classmates indicate a change needs to be made.


Lohr, L. (2008). Creating graphics for learning and performance (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle                    River, NJ: Pearson Education