Image of a slider

The best part of releasing new software features is that users always come up with exciting new ways to implement them. Take sliders. When they were introduced to Articulate Storyline, they opened up a whole new realm of interactive possibilities.

One of my favorite innovative implementations was when Articulate Super Hero Steve Flowers demonstrated that you can control one slider with another. This launched sliders into a new dimension, where designers could create new types of interactions, such as the parallax effect featured in this E-Learning Challenge.

At last year’s Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando, I demonstrated how you can leverage this trick to build this interactive infographic.

Oil Infographic Image

The core of the interaction is the combination of two sliders, one of which is hidden. The main slider (the oil can) controls a slider that is hidden behind the background and “fills” the United States image. This hidden slider has a large custom thumbnail that slides up and fills the blank space.

Pro Tip: The image of the United States was actually cut out of the colored rectangle using PowerPoint’s shape combine tool.

Add a few layers, a little trigger magic, and some basic design work, and the next thing you know you’ve got a really cool, interactive infographic. In the following video, I’ll show you how I created it. If you’d like a quick slider review, this video will provide you with some slider basics to get you started. And here are some items to help you build along with the video.

Do you have experience using sliders to create interactive infographics? Tell us about it in the comments below. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and come back to E-learning Heroes regularly for more helpful advice on everything related to e-learning.

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