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Visual Education and The Internet Camp: A Study of Underprivileged Children and Their Web Pages
Unformatted Document Text:  17 color-wise. Blue, green, and yellow were commonly used as was black . The use of cartoon characters further enhanced the kaleidoscopic look of the web pages. From the Winnie the Pooh stories, Tigger was a popular character. Looney Toons characters such as Tweetie Bird, Sylvester the Cat, the Tazmanian Devil, and Pepe Le Pew the skunk were fashionable web page content. Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo, Pokémon characters, and the Super Mario Brothers 12 were also found on some of the web pages the children created. There were also cartoon characters of unknown origin. The bright, saturated primary colors that the children used for their web pages are basic primitivistic style elements. “Saturated color is simple, almost primitive, and always given preference by folk artists and children” (Dondis, 1973, p. 51). Bright turquoise, deep blue, and red are examples of some of the colors used for the background of the children’s web pages. According to Dondis (1973) color is “loaded with information and one of the most pervasive visual experiences we all have in common. It is, therefore, an invaluable source for visual communication” (p. 50). Color is charged with expressive qualities and emotion. The symbolic quality of color must also be given its due. Obvious meanings are depicted in such things as a country’s flag, a team’s uniform, or a soldier’s dress uniform. On a personal level, however, the preference for a particular color is usually less symbolic and therefore less clearly defined. Yet, there is still a great deal communicated by the color choices made for the children’s web pages. The color choices made by the children for their web pages probably had more to do with associative aspects than symbolic. We know that blues and greens are associated with coolness, 12 Characters from a Nintendo computer game.

Authors: Mullen, Lawrence.
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color-wise. Blue, green, and yellow were commonly used as was black . The use of cartoon
characters further enhanced the kaleidoscopic look of the web pages. From the Winnie the Pooh
stories, Tigger was a popular character. Looney Toons characters such as Tweetie Bird,
Sylvester the Cat, the Tazmanian Devil, and Pepe Le Pew the skunk were fashionable web page
content. Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo, Pokémon characters, and the Super Mario Brothers
12
were also found on some of the web pages the children created. There were also cartoon
characters of unknown origin.
The bright, saturated primary colors that the children used for their web pages are basic
primitivistic style elements. “Saturated color is simple, almost primitive, and always given
preference by folk artists and children” (Dondis, 1973, p. 51). Bright turquoise, deep blue, and
red are examples of some of the colors used for the background of the children’s web pages.
According to Dondis (1973) color is “loaded with information and one of the most pervasive
visual experiences we all have in common. It is, therefore, an invaluable source for visual
communication” (p. 50). Color is charged with expressive qualities and emotion.
The symbolic quality of color must also be given its due. Obvious meanings are depicted
in such things as a country’s flag, a team’s uniform, or a soldier’s dress uniform. On a personal
level, however, the preference for a particular color is usually less symbolic and therefore less
clearly defined. Yet, there is still a great deal communicated by the color choices made for the
children’s web pages.
The color choices made by the children for their web pages probably had more to do with
associative aspects than symbolic. We know that blues and greens are associated with coolness,
12
Characters from a Nintendo computer game.


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