Design For Kids


I recently learned of a great design series for kids. Book producer Pamela Pease has released Design Dossier. A book for each topic, the reader learns about graphic design, interior design, the world of design, architecture, and fashion. (Paintbox Press, $24).  The series is geared for ages 10 to 15, but I feel that it’s never to early to get imagery, and tactile tools in the hands of children. These new books have both; lots of opportunity to explore and learn experientially and visually, as well as strong color and graphic storytelling, which is engaging at any age. This set is perfect for the budding designer or artist, as it ‘explores the elements of design, including shape, color, and typography; discovers milestones of 20th century design, as well as top contemporary designers who shape our world today.’ It does seem like there are resources available for very young children that describe an artists work, or challenge creative thinking. But, for the student of life ready to dig a little deeper experientially, great tools  of inspiration, seem harder to find.



These books are packed with information and projects, not to mention famous designers, their philosophies and examples of their work. What a great resource, for kids, parents and teachers. It is packaged in such a transportable size, I can imagine it would be a favorite collaborative resource to take to a friends house, or dare I say, even a party.





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Map my Way

I’m such a huge fan of the recent trend of map usage in children’s room design.  It lends such a fun, exploratory feel to any space and there is nothing as graphically recognizable as the globe.

I really fell in love with this beautiful application found over at Pink Friday.  The different patterned fabrics applied to the wall are spirited and festive.

And if you were looking for something on a smaller scale, it is hard to resist this amazing collage of the USofA that See Kate Sew did recently.  Click the link for a fantastic tutorial on how to make your own.

Friends of mine saw this amazing US map made of state license plates over at Uncommon Goods…but the price is a bit too hefty…

…so they’re planning on DIYing one like this one found over at C.R.A.F.T.

Of course, I can hardly resist this amazing chalkboard map that Blue Cricket Design made for her son based on one she saw at Pottery Barn…it combines my two favorite kids room trends…chalkboard paint and maps!!

Or if you aren’t into DIYing, there is this great option from shopdirtsa on Etsy:

Visual Vacation came up with this great application for a world map on her walls.  I love the gallery effect!

And who can resist the ubiquitous Ork City Posters, picture below via Kio Kreations.  The typography and the graphic details for each neighborhood are so thoughtful and bold.


Do you have any maps displayed in your home?  How have you decided to display them?

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