Monthly Archives: April 2010

3 Ways to Introduce the Element of Surprise into Your Online Training

Life’s little moments of surprise and delight are a welcome break from the expected & can transform an ordinary moment into a memorable one. Yet in training, we tend to regard surprise as a negative element to be “overcome” or “avoided.”  But what would happen if we stopped trying to outfox the element of surprise and started leveraging it to create better training?

Visual Design Tip: Finding Font Personality

Like other visual design elements, the right font has the power to grab your audience on an emotional level while reinforcing your message.   But unlikeother visual elements such as color scheme, photos, or clip art which are readily translated from inspiration to application, a stylized font can be harder to replicate and integrate into a design. 

Visual Design Tip: Cut the Clip Art Clutter

We’ve all seen (or designed) training that looked like the clip art version of a ransom note. So it’s with great surprise that I find myself intrigued at the idea of revisiting clip art in training design (minus the infamously over-used screen beans). But with clip art’s rep as a visual clutter magnet, is there a surefire way for a non-designer designer to use it well?