They say never judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to e-learning, most folks just can’t help themselves. Most learners will jump to conclusions about the content of your course based solely on its visual design—and especially its color palette. That’s because color plays a huge role in how our brains perceive information. Not only does color catch people’s eyes, but it also clues them in to the mood and tone of your course. Color even helps learners navigate your course by giving them helpful visual cues (e.g., red for stop and green for go) for interacting with objects on the screen.
Although color has a huge impact on engagement and learning, many course developers are stuck with a narrowly defined palette, usually dictated by branding guidelines, But there are those occasional, fun projects where you’re able to cast aside your branding guidelines and do something different. That’s where the following examples can help you unleash your creativity and explore new ways of using color. Check ’em out!
- Try your hand at creating a tabbed interaction based on this gorgeous example where Dana Kocalis makes learning about SMART goals incredibly eye-catching.
- See how using a slider to change the color scheme puts learners in control of their experience with this clever character-driven download from Jodi Sansone.
- Check out how Ben McKenna brings Pantone’s vibrant Living Coral palettes to life with audio and animation in this delightful example.
- Want some engaging visual design ideas for a K-12 audience? Rebecca Astheimer has you covered with this fun example that combines sleek animations with vibrant space-themed graphics in colors that inspire the imagination.
So what you do think? Ready for more e-learning visual design inspiration? Head on over to our Examples hub or visit this e-learning challenge to see loads of punchy palettes and playful ideas from the community. Want to give these ideas a try? Grab a free 60-day trial of Articulate 360 to check out all the cool new features in Storyline 360.