Tag Archives: graphic design

Color Theory: Color Harmonies

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Most everyone would agree that color is a necessity as a human. It creates diversity and interest, as the world would most likely be quite uninteresting if there wasn’t such a thing as pigment and hue. In a design, color allows one to draw an audience into a design or product through visual appeal. Through the use of color harmony, …

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Using Color Theory in Instructional Design

Have you ever been in class or in a training session and your professor or instructor starts a slideshow they made on powerpoint and you have difficulty focusing on the actual material because the overall composition is distracting? The color is especially throwing you off as the teacher has put white text over a bright red screen so the information …

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Gamification: What It Is + Some Tips

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I’m sure you’ve all heard about the new gamification trend that’s been sweeping the Instructional Design world. If you’re like me, and behind the times on what gamification is – let me explain it further. Gamification is the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g., point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically …

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Beating Instructional Designers Block

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There comes a point in your career where you have to battle Instructional Designers Block, aka *cue horror movie scream* THE WALL. Have you ever gotten to the point in a project where no amount of caffeine or energy drinks will shake the feeling that it’s just not happening with a project? Either you’re frustrated or just can’t think of …

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Free Resources You Should Be Utilizing

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The internet is a great resource to utilize for your eLearning modules because there are free graphics, fonts, stock photos and much more! I want to help you be more productive and produce better training modules in half the time. Sound gimmicky? I promise you it’s not! Here’s a list of resources that took me years to find around the internet that …

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Design: Aesthetic vs. Function

As a graphic designer, the line between necessity for functionality and aesthetic is a blurry line. Designers make things ‘pretty’ but we have to make the design functional and easily understandable for the users. Designers are a median between the user and the backend creator. Website coders solely look at the functionality and users like to look at something that …

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5 Myths about Graphic Design

There are a lot of myths about graphic design. Some are semi-accurate, but others are way off base. I wanted to tackle some of those myths head-on. Bear with me as I mention some things that are a little controversial. I explain myself and if you don’t agree, that’s OK! We’d love to hear your perspective on things in the …

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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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6 Design Rules to Live By

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If you’ve gone to college for a design degree, these tips might be second nature to you now. But when you’ve been handed a project or assignment that involves creating an eLearning module from scratch and have no previous knowledge of design, these tips will keep you on the straight and narrow. Just follow these six steps and you’re well …

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