Savannah Barr

Savannah is a Graphic Design Professor at Gila Community College, and is passionate about using design to better the world around her. She believes in researched design, and is a major proponent of paper before pixel. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, designing for small businesses and non-profits, and attempting any DIY she finds on Pinterest.

You Know You’re an Instructional Designer When…


As the spring draws to a close, so does my time as an Instructional Designer. I’ve been working in this field for a little shy of 5 years, and I’ve found it to be a very unique career path that I never would have known existed if it weren’t for the entry position I stumbled upon while in college. Despite …

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Making Critiques Valuable Part 2: The Critic


Welcome to the second part of a two-part mini-series about critiques. If you haven’t yet read Making Critiques Valuable Part 1, I hope that you’ll find it helpful as well. Presenting your work for review or critique can be difficult, but critiquing can be too! In this post, we’re going to talk about a few things that will make your …

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Making Critiques Valuable Part 1: The Presenter


We’ve all been there… Standing in front of everyone, the final moment you’ve been waiting for. You’re finally showing your client or team the thing that you’ve been slaving over, and it’s awesome! Or is it terrible? Does Sheri hate it? Oh no… your supervisor just checked his watch. But he smiled first. What does it all mean?!   There’s …

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Simple Color Schemes for your eLearning Modules


Looking for fresh, new colors for your eLearning module? Check out these quick, simple options to add some visual contrast and flair to your awesome content. For a printable version, click here. #454C63 #F2F0EB #D78B28 #70CACF #424E4D #4DB376 #EADF6A #2C8299 #AADDE3 #0E5371 #7698A6 #99965C #2AB1A3 #EAE0BC #71254C #F2F0EB #2B5199 #E5634C If you use one of these color combos, we’d love …

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6 Things NOT to Say to Your Graphic Designer


Graphic designers are a funny bunch. They drink coffee like it’s their sole life source, doodle during meetings, and seem to speak another language. The purpose of this post is to poke some fun at the “language barrier” that sometimes exists when communicating with a graphic designer. It’s meant to hopefully bridge the gap when it comes to conversations with …

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The Value of Being Prepared


Being prepared is an immeasurable asset in any field or situation. Alexander Graham Bell said it best, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” So we know that being prepared can help us be successful in our endeavors, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at a few simple ways …

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Taking your Sketch into Illustrator using the Tracing Tool


If you’ve been following along with the blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate for sketching your work before you even touch a computer. I recently received my BFA in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Graphic Design, so I have done my fair share of sketching. But what I wasn’t taught was how to use …

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Keying a Still Image using Adobe Photoshop


Take a look at D:2:L’s very first video tutorial, and follow along to learn how to key out a green screen on a still image using Photoshop. If you’d like to learn more, be sure to visit Audrey’s post, Utilizing a Green Screen, where you will learn keying for a video. Thanks for watching!

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Before it’s Finished: Why Feedback is Essential


For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been told to show my work. Teachers, friends, and colleagues encourage (and sometimes even require) this practice as a way to show and validate your process and work. I can remember the frustration that I felt as a third grade student doing math problems in my head only to receive a …

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Design with Purpose


If you’ve read any of the other graphic design-related posts on Designed:2:Learn, I’m sure that you’ve realized our team’s passion for good, effective design. With introductory posts like THIS and THAT, you have all of the tools and know-how that you need to begin making your training and e-learning modules look professional and appealing. Now that you’re using those awesome …

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