When designing a playground you want every feature to be a standout on its own, but also blend together. This is when play sites really speak volumes in terms of aesthetics. In the design stage, get in there and include tall structures and low lying ones too such as high slides and balance beams that have similar forms and colors so that they look like they belong together, even though they are incredibly different. When a designer can make polar opposites look like they belong in the same room together, he or she knows they have done a superior job.
Go a step further when putting a playground together and consider things like the flow of children and the position of exits and entrances. By doing this, a designer limits the fun deterring effects of congestion and also makes the site more safe and healthy. Entrances should no be directly in front of exits for instance. If they are, collisions are much more likely to occur. When a playground is set up correctly, children will move through it naturally and the site will look good at all times, whether that be when its alone on a rainy day or filled with children when the sun is bright and high in the sky.
Don’t forget to use juxtaposition with colors and forms too. This will inspire creativity and will not dull visitors. However, well put together themes are a great idea and will set up many play time games and adventures. When designing, it is important to have a reason behind everything that promotes function as well as aesthetics and wouldn’t you know it, when things are functioning well they usually look good. A nice playground is like a nice sports car…when every thing is running smooth, the good times are rolling and yep, it sure looks nice.