Happy Friday, E-Learning Heroes!
Fantastic week! I’m so impressed with the amazing demos, games, and e-learning templates you’ve cranked out over the past few weeks. Really inventive work in so little time! For this week, I think we’ve earned a little breather with a less intensive design workout.
One of the things I’ve been interested in lately is typography posters—you know, those fun posters that feature playful design quotes set in creative typography. They’re a great way to share tips or common pitfalls in a more engaging and shareable format than boring old bullet lists.
Maybe you’ve heard that the e-learning industry loves its tips and rules of thumb. And we all have our favorite go-to tip, piece of advice, or rule of thumb; we love to spring on newbies.
Considering how often we’re asked, “What does an instructional designer need to know?” I thought a typography exercise would be a fun way to communicate our favorite tips visually to new users.
This week’s challenge
This week your challenge is to design a poster around your favorite education or instructional design quote. Your quote can be serious, playful, or even a little snarky. The text is simply the vehicle for your favorite tip designed as a typography poster.
When you post your example, please include the actual quote you used along with links to your website, Twitter, or other social media sites. It helps us promote you and your work while hopefully connecting you with other community members.
You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, PowerPoint, Word, or any graphics program to create your design poster.
Need some inspiration? Check out the following sites for education quotes and typography design inspiration.
What do e-learning designers need to know?
- Here Are Ten Rules to Create Engaging Elearning
- 9 Ways to Encourage the Adult E-Learners
- 3 Rules When Selecting Fonts for Your Online Training Course
- What does an instructional designer do?
Instructional design quotes
- Favorite learning quotes
- Instructional design quotes
- Education quotes
- Quotes about education
- Education quotes and inspiration
- A poster every day
- Design Quotes
- Creative/Motivational Quotes
- 100 Lovely Typography Designs to Inspire You
Last week’s e-learning challenge
To help you find your voice for this week's challenge, take a look at the highlights from last week's e-learning games challenge:
- Dan Sweigert shared an interactive audio game that asks you to choose the correct way to play a series of instruments. Check out Dan's blog post to learn more about his game demo. Well done, Dan!
- Przemysław Hubisz shared a well-designed memory game interaction. He later shared a Space Invaders-themed game. Both are outstanding examples! Be sure to download Przemyslaw's source files (game 1 and game 2) to learn more about his game templates. Thanks, Przemyslaw!
- Montse shared a game show-themed activity featuring animated character intros and a progress meter for learner scores. She then followed up with a brain teaser game. Nicely done, Montse!
- Nick Russell shared an illustrated crossword game. Nick includes his source file, so check it out and give him a "Thanks!" next time you see him. Great job, Nick!
- Nancy Woinoski challenged learners to help catch a bicycle thief in this detective-themed game. Nancy always creates amazing work!
- Allison Nederveld shared a creative game based on the popular game Cards for Humanity. She has a great blog post that details her game and design process.
- Charles Hamper shared an out-of-this-world example with his Spaceship Builder game.
- Jackie Van Nice got into the game with this engaging game based on German dining customs. Featuring a beer-themed progress meter, you'll want to see this one through to the end to catch the hilarious conclusion screens. Check out Jackie's write-up on her example.
- Trav Owen shared a fun concept interaction based on the popular Rock-paper-scissors hand game.
- Stephanie Harnett knocked out two e-learning challenges in one demo. Love the creative card game Stephanie put together. Great job!
- Sol Moh challenged learners to "spot the differences" in this illustrated game. Well done, Sol!
About the challenges
The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.
Have a quotable week, E-Learning Heroes!
Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free 30-day trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.