When I talk about visual design in online training, I talk about simple things a designer can do to lay out a slide so that it makes the most of evidenced-based instructional design techniques that maximize learning. I am not a huge stickler for visual design in online training. The reason might be because I
Recently, I stumbled upon Bill Gammell’s ebook on marketing lessons learned from Seinfeld. Because of Seinfeld’s pop-culture resonance, I’ve been mulling over the idea of a Seinfeld-themed post for a while now – but I’d never taken the time to conceptualize it. Thankfully Bill’s ebook demonstrated not only how to make some meaningful connections between Seinfeld and the world of marketing, but how to do so in a way that was surprising and fun. It got me thinking: Are there any meaningful training lessons to be learned from Seinfeld?
We’ve all seen it and heard it before – bosses or clients who insist on implementing a new tool or using a fancy template simply for its “cool factor,” or colleagues who use a highly stylized graphic or font for no other reason than “it looks pretty.” It’s human nature to be distracted by the bright and shiny new thing and to allow our attraction to the “cool factor” to unduly influence our decisions. This approach of committing to a design first and asking questions later is what I call “impulse training design.”
The more I experiment with PowerPoint 2010’s new features, the more I’m impressed. My two favorite new features are the shape union and shape subtract tools. In this post I’ve pulled together some resources to show you how to access these new tools and how to creatively use them for enhancing your next presentation or online training.
Having moved beyond PowerPoint basics, I’m looking for cool techniques and new tools to augment my PowerPoint designs and help me take them from good to great. Ideally these tools are easy to use and help me to create better-looking, highly effective content more quickly – and free is always good, too. If you’re like me and you’re looking for some free and easy ways to amp up your PowerPoint designs, I’ve found these four free tools are a great place to start.
The task of keeping online training lively and memorable requires the constant application of great design, clear, clever writing, and engaging visuals, so it’s easy to end up in a design rut. To help spark your creativity, I’ve gathered 3 free PowerPoint templates, available for download in this post.
What’s standing between your Trainees and your training objectives? Oftentimes it’s complexity. Whether it’s the volume of information or a SME who thinks everything is important, there is usually more information to convey than is practical. Combine that with a short timeline and you’ve got a classic training conundrum. Enter the infographic. Well-designed infographics convey messages in a way that eases comprehension; they capitalize on our innate understandings of the world around us to help build context and retain information.
Have you ever found yourself struggling to find a stock image with a transparent background? Or, maybe you’ve wasted hours of your time trying to remove the background from an image? While there may not be a silver bullet, there are plenty of cool shortcuts, tricks, free tools, and tutorials. In this post, I provide ratings and video tutorials for 5 great tools that I commonly use.
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.
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?