Using Barbenheimer Design Styles in E-Learning #426

Combining Different Design Styles #426: Challenge | Recap

Barbenheimer is the latest design trend that combines the Barbie and Oppenheimer movie designs. Both movies have such drastically different design themes that it's undoubtedly a challenge to imagine blending them into a new design.

Barbie's aesthetics use soft pastels, whimsical fonts, and fashion elements, while Oppenheimer's is dark, gritty, and ominous. Merging two vastly distinct designs isn't an everyday task for e-learning designers, but it's what this week's challenge is all about. Thanks, ElizabethTom, and Phillip, for the fun idea.

Why are we doing this challenge?

This week’s challenge is designed to challenge you to think outside the corporate e-learning box and explore new ideas and techniques.

By blending two distinct design styles, you’re forced to identify the characteristics of each design and find the harmony and balance between those contrasting elements.

And if for no other reason, it’s a fun idea. 

Is This a New Idea?

Combining different design styles to create something new has been a widespread practice throughout art and design history. Some classic examples include:

  • Art Nouveau combined elements of the decorative arts with organic forms found in nature.
  • Cubism combined abstract geometric shapes with multiple perspectives to challenge traditional representation.
  • Steampunk combined elements from the Victorian era with science fiction and futuristic technology.
  • Peanut butter cups united chocolate and peanut butter flavors to make the perfect sweet treat.

E-Learning Example

Phillip shared a fun example in #ELC424 that explores the complicated stories behind the two historical figures.

Barbenheimer E-Learning Example 

Example | Philip Cranston | Website

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an example inspired by the movies Barbie and Oppenheimer. Your demo can be static or interactive, and you can make it as simple or complex as you like.

Share Your E-Learning Work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to link your published example and blog post.
  • Forums: Start a new thread and share a link to your published example.
  • Personal blog: If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We'll link to your posts so your great work gets even more exposure.
  • Social media: If you share your demos on Twitter or LinkedIn, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can follow your e-learning coolness.

Last Week’s Challenge:

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New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly e-learning 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. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Learn more about the challenges in this Q&A post and why and how to participate in this helpful article.

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