Jing Yan


Information technology is changing people's lives. It changes the way people communicate with others, how people search for information, and how people study and learn new knowledge. According to several studies and reports, more and more parents are using computers and mobile devices to teach their children. However, with the exception of games, there are only a few fun educational websites are created for children.

As a designer and young mother who wants to find good educational resources for children, I think this would be a good opportunity for me to design a website for our tiny thinkers. Because children are easily attracted to animals and nature, I wanted to choose a subject that is relevant to these subjects. After visiting Dr. Robert Rothman, who has been dedicated to studying the Galapagos for many years, I was impressed by how interesting this subject is and decided to choose it as the topic of my thesis. Finally, I defined my thesis as "Discovering Galapagos," an interactive web design project that is aimed at presenting the Galapagos Islands to children or young people in interactive and engaging way.

Designing for children was a special process, as I had to find a solution to the problem of how to address children's attention. In order to help children read the material, the text content on the website was separated into small pieces that include the environment, animals, and support. Illustrations, charts, interactions, short text content, and photos were used throughout the website in order to help to draw the attention of these little users, and improve their understanding.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Galapagos Islands--Description and travel--Interactive multimedia--Design; Animals--Study and teaching (Elementary)--Galapagos Islands--Interactive multimedia--Design; Educational Web sites--Design

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Chris Jackson

Advisor/Committee Member

Marla Schweppe

Advisor/Committee Member

Robert Rothman


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at QH198.G3 Y36 2015


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