Tag Archives: Instructional Designer

The Invisible World of Typography Pt.2

Look around you. At your coffee cup, at your phone, at that sticky note you wrote three days ago reminding you to get milk (which you still need to do). You are surrounded by text, you can’t escape it, and most likely, it’s all different. Size, shape, weight, and personality can be chosen and rearranged in an infinite amount of …

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Happy Holidays!

As 2016 comes to a close Designed:2:Learn and the Learning and Professional Development team would like to wish you a Happy Holiday and thank you for being apart of our blog and being an avid reader. We enjoy writing for you and keeping you all up to date on Instructional Design material. We are taking a short break for the …

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Organization: Naming Conventions

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It’s a running joke on my team that I have a strange obsession with organization, documented processes, folder structure, and naming conventions. I maintain that a well-established system for any collaborative team helps prevent unnecessary mistakes and helps ensure a project run smoothly. I definitely play along with the jokes (because it IS a pretty strange obsession) but taking the …

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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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How to Manage Projects in a Team Environment Successfully

As Instructional Designers, our workload looks a bit different than the average person. We tend to work project by project, and if you’re anything like this team, you work on multiple projects at once. Sometimes it can get confusing and overwhelming – not to mention a little chaotic with multiple people on one team! In order to successfully manage your …

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The Invisible World of Typography Pt.1

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Words are everywhere. We see them on doors, posters, sidewalks, signs, and other everyday occurrences. From the moment our alarms wake us up, to the lie of “I promise, this is the last episode before bed,” words are in constant use. Words can be verbal or visible, spoken or written. Though it’s hard to miss them, it can be quite …

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Adobe Captivate 9: Rollovers for Software Simulations

The most recent eLearning project I completed was for an online software application, so creating online software training has been on my brain. I typically create training for adults, so I have been paying close attention to incorporating adult learning theories into software training. In my recent posts, I talked a bit about how Adobe Captivate allows you to create …

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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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5 things managers should know

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For several years now I have been privileged to sit on a panel as a manager for aspiring leaders here at Northern Arizona University. On this panel is a group of managers at the University who, on the last day of the class, meet with the students and answer questions about being a manager. During this meeting there are always …

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