What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Autodesk Digital STEAM Visual Design is one of three STEAM -- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math -- apps from Autodesk, known for many professional-level engineering and architecture products. This free tool is like an impressive, interactive textbook putting kids in a 3-D design environment to learn terminology and principles of visual design in an environment they very likely will use for design.
What kids can learn
- producing new content
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
The design is beautiful, and the material is high-interest for kids who want to learn about visual design. A few elements are interactive, which will help engage young users.
Kids should get a pretty comprehensive feel for each design concept by reading about it and seeing examples both in created and real-world images.
There are no instructions or help, but the interface is intuitive. Autodesk's Digital STEAM website offers ideas for applying new knowledge.
What's it about?
AUTODESK DIGITAL STEAM VISUAL DESIGN takes kids through elements and principles of visual design in the same 3-D design space used in design software. Each element or principle is defined and then shown visually. The "learn more" section further explains the concept with text and images, giving how-to examples as well as real-world examples. The other apps in the Autodesk Digital STEAM curriculum include Measurement and Applied Mechanics and are designed to introduce kids to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Is it any good?
This interactive textbook does a beautiful job of showing the principles of visual design, with written explanations that are easy to understand. The visual examples clearly demonstrate the principles and reinforce understanding, although it would be nice if there were more audio options.
This isn't a game or creation tool, though. Kids will take what they learn here and use other design tools to put their new knowledge into practice.
Families can talk about...
Check out SketchBook Pro to give kids a tool to practice their newfound visual-design knowledge.
Visit an art museum to explore and discuss the design principles your kids have just read about, or check out art and design books from the library.