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4 Creative Process Tips for the e-Learning Graphic Designer

by , media artist

Remember pencil and paper? That archaic method of taking notes that existed before touch screens and smartphones? Well, apparently it’s still pretty useful to have around! Ever felt stuck in an initial design or needed inspiration for an animation? Sometimes dusting off that sketch pad and removing yourself from the digital world will do wonders—to open up your mind and help process those creative ideas jumbled in your head.

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4 Sizzlin' Tips for e-Learning Graphic Designers

by , media artist

With summer right around the corner, being stuck in an office while it’s bright, sunny, and 80 degrees outside can feel morally wrong. The last thing on your mind is how to create a beautiful interface design for e-learning, so here are 4 e-learning graphic design tips written from a consultant’s perspective that cost less than a cup of lemonade.

Tip 1: Do Your Homework

Take the time to do the needed research. Where is your client located? This answer alone could affect how you approach your design. For example, are they east coast or west coast? Large corporate entity or non-profit? Visit their website, poke around their media content. Do they have a presence on Facebook? What kind of social media postings are they making? Getting a sense of your client’s identity will ensure you’re in the right mindset when it is time to start thinking creatively.

Tip 2: Pump the Brakes

Especially for us visual-oriented people, it’s all too easy to occasionally dream too big. I know I am guilty of this and even posted a previous blog all about going big! I like to push the limits and break the norm when I can, but sometimes I need to reel it back in. That interactive 3D Oculus Rift video stream of a realistic environment I’ve cooked up in my head may be just a tad overboard for the client’s hazard training (but it does sound amazing, doesn’t it?) Remember, sometimes the simplest approach is the best and most appreciated. Know what kind of restraints you have to work with. Budget, time, resources, skill, bandwidth, deployment—these are all things that should be kept at the forefront of your design. Ultimately, what are you willing to commit your time to do? By no means am I saying to aim low, but whatever you end up pitching is going to require you to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak.

Tip 3: Rally the Troops

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Inspire your team! If you can win them over, you stand a much better chance of winning the client over. Work with your team or a few individuals to better refine your design―they may have ideas or considerations you neglected to take into account. Brainstorm sessions can be a fun exercise for the entire team, as well as a welcome break from the normal office duties. After all, knowing your team has your back is the best feeling you can have before entering the arena. But it’s a good idea to have a back-up plan just in case.

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5 e-Learning Media Design Tips Inspired by Ugly Sweaters

by , media artist

Though I didn’t make the U.S. snowboarding team this time around, I still love the winter Olympics. Besides, that gives me four more years to practice, right?

Be honest, it’s the hat, isn’t it?

Though I watch it mainly for the snowboarding events, one of my favorite parts about the Olympics is seeing all of the teams’ uniforms and outfits. While the United States always emerges into the arena looking more fashionable than a hipster in a local coffee shop sipping a soy cappuccino, I am extremely impressed by this year’s choices.

“Are you kidding me?” you might be saying. No, I’m not. Say what you will about the opening ceremony ugly sweaters; they are brilliant—a bold, trendy statement that breaks the mold. There was no mistaking the Americans on opening night in Sochi. This got me thinking… how can this same tactic be employed in e-learning media design? Try these tips:

1. Dare to be different.

E-learning tends to fall into traditional formats or templates. Shake it up a bit! Step outside the box. Take your design in a completely different direction than you’re used to. Be the one wearing a goofy ugly sweater in a sea of beige. For example, one of our clients has a very corporate look, but we were able to approach their course with a game-like, illustrated style that helps lighten-up the content, while still maintaining a sense of branding.

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e-Learning Interface Design Even a Four-Year Old Can Navigate

by Christopher Palm, media artist

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3D e-Learning, Closer Than You May Think

By Christopher Palm, media artist

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Creating the Perfect E-Learning Interface Design

by Christopher Palm, media artist

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