It was a workshop a long time ago.
The Ministry of Education had just licensed Microsoft Publisher for all schools. Fact check me, please. I think it was version 2.0a. Anyway…
I had done a presentation to principals to introduce the product and suggest that there were other, more attractive ways, of creating documents than their trusty old text editor, er, word processor.
It was kind of fun although when you have a group of principals, you never truly know if the message would make an impact. After all, I was just an agenda item on a long meeting.
I was surprised when I got a followup from one of the elementary school principals. He wanted to book me for an upcoming professional development day to do a hands-on activity with his teachers.
The activity? He wanted each teacher to customize and create their own stationery. That way, he thought each classroom could have its own unique identity for those classroom letters that went home. So, I agreed.
The first hurdle was to find enough computers for the staff of 25 so we booked a lab at the high school and had the teachers log in with generic accounts. This was so, so long ago.
We had fun with Microsoft Publisher. There were a couple of folks that had already gone off the deep end and want to know why we were using this instead of a “real” publisher like the Adobe Products.
Uh, because it’s free? Uh, because it’s licensed and accessible enough for all students?
We actually had a great deal of accidental learning along the way. I still smile when people realized that there was more that a computer could do than use the Arial font! I still frown when they discovered Comic Sans and it became the default everywhere. We learned about changing colours, font sizes, and so much more. Importantly, we learned how to save a file and find it afterwards.
But the real fun became when we discovered the drawing tools. At that point, we were busy drawing things and quickly they all wanted to create their own classroom logo. Well, my work here is done.
All this came back when I ran into this article.
I spent a great deal of time poking around and looking at different approaches to a logo editor. I also worked at distinguishing between free and premium features. At the Logo Type Maker site, I quickly “designed” this.
Then, I thought that the concept of the stationery design might be worth revisiting for some. After all, you have your blog, email address, instagram account, mailing address, classroom phone number, wiki, website, etc. Why not design a logo that incorporates all of this and is reinforced each time something is sent home to the parents? Or, if you’re not into paper all that much, why not a design for your internet presence? After all, the concept of stationery has evolved with all that we have at our fingertips.
Another site to add to the collection. Logo Maker