Principal John is a place to look how the lessons from children’s playgrounds can inspire adult leaders – not only in education but in many other fields. The site reflects the playful energy of the playground while also keeping a clean and simple look that allows readers to focus on the content. We used animation on the home page to communicate the dual message of children’s play with important adult life lessons. We furthered this playground metaphor by using playground graphics throughout the site. For example, the community discussion area uses a four square design.
The site owner wanted very specific designs and motifs used and was told by many that his ideas would require an expensive site with a lot of custom coding. We showed the site owner how an open source tool like WordPress can be use as the foundation for a very powerful and specific site such as this one.