NCAA Inspired Design

I really get into March Madness with all of the energy and excitement it generates...but, unfortunately there can also be some frustration when my brackets fall apart.

I was inspired by the sponsor graphics highlighted when CBS would return from a commercial break.  So, I tried my hand at using the same line of design and motion for an elearning course design.  I used istockphoto to get all of the elements pulled together and then used Photoshop, PowerPoint and Articulate to make it all work.  Let me know what you think!


13 Replies
David Anderson

Doug - First, I really like the template. Great job handling a complicated background. But what I also appreciated--maybe even more--was your commentary on the design inspiration along with how you worked with the design elements. That's the kind of context that really helps new e-learning designers understand the process.

Thanks for sharing!

Doug Mattson

Thanks Gabe, David and Jeanette!

Any time I see a web page, magazine add/article or a graphic on tv that I like - I find a way to get a screen shot or photo of it somehow, paste it into a PowerPoint that I named Design Ideas.  I go back to that PPT when I need inspiration or a creative kick start. 

deborah sorrill

Hi Doug,

Very artistic template. I agree it is was engaging following your creative process. I have been using Evernote to track notes and graphics for a course, but I hadn't thought of using PPT as a creative journal. Makes so much sense.  Thanks for the great template and commentary.  Deb S.

Gabriele Dovis (italgo)

Doug Mattson said:

Thank you, all!

Great advice Rob!  Tom pointed out adding a sound effect for when it slides in and out too.  Both would be nice additions.


I agree with Tom, audio always gives a nice touch to presentations.Try to Imagine the star wars lightsabers moving without hearing wwwwwuuuuuummmmm wuuuuuuuuuuuummmmm