These are my Jumptags for November 5th

These are my Jumptags for November 4th through November 5th:

  • 20 Merry Icon Sets For Christmas – Icon sets for Christmas and holidays.
  • Elements of Design: Type – Type is a fundamental part of any design it appears in. It can be used as text to read, as a shape and as a visual element where the choice of typeface conveys an emotion or mood. Type, when used well doesn’t need a photograph or illustration to back…
  • Showcase of Big, Bold Typography – Big, bold typography can be very powerful for conveying a message or just for achieving a desired look. In this post we'll showcase more than 25 items that feature big, bold typography. To see more work from a particular artist/designer, click on the…
  • 4 Principles of Good Design for Websites – One of the areas of focus that I’ve taken into all my designs are the four major design principles. They include: contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity.
  • 6 Ways To Take Your Webdesign From Good To Great – In a previous article I went into detail about the important roles that contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity play in webdesign. This article will piggy back on those principles as I examine 6 ways you can take your webdesign from good to gre…

These are my Jumptags for September 24th through September 29th:

David Lindenberg

David Lindenberg

We’ve all seen it:  The training material that is a jumbled mess of mismatched graphics, hard-to-read text and no sense of cohesion whatsoever.  What good is the content if the learner needs a decoder ring to decipher it?  Therefore, I offer up my Top 11 List of Style.  Why eleven?  Because eleven is the new ten (actually, I just couldn’t narrow it down).  None of these topics are new, but rather a collection of style principles I adhere to when developing materials.

  1. Font style – Pick two fonts, one for your body text and one for your headers.
  2. Font size – Keep it standard, not too big, not too small.
  3. Graphics – Exercise prudence.  Don’t mix and match (i.e. don’t use a clipart cartoon in one spot and a photograph in another).
  4. Colors – Generally, stick with dark font colors against a light background.
  5. White space – Embrace space.  Make it your friend.  Not everything needs to be covered with text or pictures.
  6. Text blocks – Avoid large chunks of text.  Use bullet points to break the text into more visual-friendly parts.
  7. Alignment – Pick an alignment and stick with it.  Use center align sparingly.
  8. Branding – Put your company and/or department logo on the material.
  9. Consistency – Strive for a consistent look and feel throughout the material.
  10. Template – If there is a chance of reusing the material again for another project, put all of your style options in a blank template.
  11. Style sheet – Create a style sheet for others who may be helping develop the material, or for future reference/reuse.

For a more in-depth explanation of many of these principles, see Robin Williams’ The Non-Designer’s Design Book.

Guest blogger:  David Lindenberg is a practicing instructional designer at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee.  He is a graduate of the Instructional Design & Technology program at The University of Memphis.