Graphics representing common screens

I am creating a corporate training (WBT) for the employees in my organization on one of the Continuous Improvements tools. One of the client's requirement for this course is to make the look and feel of the course formal.

To cater to this requirement, I have tried avoiding any characters or whacky graphics. However, the biggest challenge that I am facing is to identify an appropriate graphic for objectives and summary screens.

I came up with the following ideas:

  • Use of sports images, for example start line, finish line, basket ball field
  • Use of shapes/abstracts, for example dartboard, cubes with Goal written on it

None of the above ideas seem apt to me.

Request you to share your suggestions for alternate representations.

Thanks 

12 Replies
Joe Deegan

Welcome to the forums Shweta.  Do you have any kind of theme or storyline in your project?  Maybe some images that represent whatever you are covering in that specific section?  Or you could consider something like a "To Do" list on a whiteboard where the objectives aka to do's are crossed off as you progress through the tutorial.  Hope this helps to spark some ideas.

Meg Bertapelle

what about directional arrows or a silhouette of a sign post for the objectives?

you could also use that cool wordle image fill on a silhouette technique... see the tutorials section, can't remember who wrote that one, but I love it.

and for summaries, maybe a graphical representation of different parts fitting into a whole?  like a pie chart or puzzle, behind/under/inside a larger shape?

I would stay away from bringing in an off-topic metaphor, as that seems a little less "professional" and more "fun" in the eyes of some...

good luck!

Shweta Mukherjee

Joe Deegan said:

Welcome to the forums Shweta.  Do you have any kind of theme or storyline in your project?  Maybe some images that represent whatever you are covering in that specific section?  Or you could consider something like a "To Do" list on a whiteboard where the objectives aka to do's are crossed off as you progress through the tutorial.  Hope this helps to spark some ideas.


Thanks for the response Joe. I will consider the functionality aspects and the graphics effort and see if we I can do that.

Shweta Mukherjee

Thanks for all suggestions guys.

Meg, I also had similar thoughts about making the course look different and introduce some "fun" element in it. Unfortunately, the course will also be available for people at leadership position coz of which the client didn't approve the idea. I will definitely think about including signboards. I would also look for the image you suggested and see if I can use something similar.

Bob, nice suggestion. Actually, I am using representations for the various steps in the process on another screen. I was initially thinking to show a rubic cube unsolved in the objectives screen and solved in the summary screen. I will see if I can implement any of your ideas. Thanks

Shweta Mukherjee

For the same course, I am following the Module page structure. However, the length of some modules in the course is really small. So, I was wondering to make the course look appealing, can I use different objectives and summary graphics for each module. I mean one module has a representations for objectives and summary screens and the next module has different representations for objectives and summary screens.

Although, I am not sure if we can do that from a consistency point of view.

Has anyone done this in the past?

David Anderson

@Shweta -

Shweta Mukherjee said:

...the biggest challenge that I am facing is to identify an appropriate graphic for objectives and summary screens. I came up with the following ideas:

  • Use of sports images, for example start line, finish line, basket ball field
  • Use of shapes/abstracts, for example dartboard, cubes with Goal written on it

can you say more about what you want for "objectives and summary screens"? Are you looking for a background graphic or theme for those slides or a graphic to complement the objectives and summary content?

Have you identified any analogies for your theme? Continuous improvement is a lot like___? evolution? upgrades? baby steps?

How is your course structured? I once did a course for mortgage banking and construction loans. Construction loans are used for, of all things, constructing homes Each module used a different stage of development as the back theme while the primary focus was on the actual loan and how it worked, how it was sold and so on. The construction theme was more of a progress meter that also visually distinguish the modules.

Is there a central theme or anecdote you're using throughout your course?

Natalia Mueller

Hi Shweta-

I've always liked the images of people for a clean, formal look. The trick is to scale the image up so a good portion of the screen is the face. I like the effect of making the picture black and white, then using a transparent color rectangle across the top or bottom to hold text, titles, section intros, etc. It doesn't work for every screen, but makes a nice impact.

Good luck!

Shweta Mukherjee

Thanks David and Natalia for your responses.

David, you are right. The objective and summary graphics are representaions to complement the objectives and summary screens in the course.

I am actually planning to use various shapes to introduce the concept in the intro animation. Just to ensure that the trend is followed throughout the course and to make the look and feel of the course consistent, I was planning to use shapes (cubes) to represent the objectives and summary screens. So, basically the analogy of my course will be shapes. Also, there is no central theme for the course. Since it is formal, I have just tried to gain attention in the intro animation and the rest of the course will be conceptual-based with required interactivities in between. However, the length of some of my modules is really less, so I was planning to use modulewise objectives and summary graphics instead of making them course wise.

Your example of the course on construction loans talks about building the course as per the theme. However, in my case, it is not possible. I don't have much to play around with. That's why I thought it will be a good idea to have different graphics for each module.

The structure of my course is something like:

  • Introduction to CI
  • Introduction to the Concept
  • Phases of the Concept

Natalia, I liked your idea. However, the imgaes that i have with me are representing sports events because of which I am quite skeptical of using them in a corporate training. :)