It's done! Flat design course example
Nov 16, 2013
You may have last heard from me here.
Talk about panic. I was very VERY lucky in two areas: 1. I got a huge extension on the project. 2. I had a large community of support.
It took a total of 35 days to complete about a 45 minute course. All from scratch. And they weren't just 35 normal days. It was 35 12-18 hour days. Someone said I could get it done in a couple days. If I had done a basic course, that would have been possible, but I wanted something that was going to get their attention.
My major stumbling block was were to start. Basically, all I had to work from was an audit that was performed last year. There were no other supporting documents. Not even any official policies. And my discussions with the SMEs was basically them reiterating and expounding upon the security audit. So I had scenarios in mind, but that was about it.
Then I came upon some inspiration of where to even begin designing.
First it was the weekly challenge of designing a flat course.
That led me to Tim Slade's course example which was my leaping off point.
Which also led me to one of his commenters who gave me a way to work Tim's animations into a non-linear course. (all in the layers)
When I was laying everything out, I found this blog post which made me look for an easy way to build the course in a grid.
I found the PhiMatrix which is a really simple free .exe that lays a grid over anything on your screen. I simply set and locked the grid, traced it, save as an image, then pasted it into the slides, and hid it when I didn't need it anymore. (all my slides still have it hidden, actually)
For the content I pulled almost every trick out of my "engagement" hat. The branching scenarios were the time killer.
I also use my own "player" with my own buttons that I can put in, take out or animate as I need.
The last thing to be done was the introduction. I had seen this video infographic last year. It obviously stuck with me and I wanted to create something similar. As we all know, storyline has a few limitations that wouldn't let me do everything he did in the video.
I was about to download an Adobe product when I came across this Screenr. It gave me the idea that I could do the whole thing using layers. (because I wanted a music soundtrack, I couldn't do multiple slides.) The intro is a blank base layer with about 25 layers on top of it. I will tell you, however, because it's such a graphic heavy slide, it made my program crash on about 10 occasions. There was one night I was in tears over what I lost that night.
Here is a small sample of the course. It's only the intro and the menus. But it gives you an idea. If I can, I'll upload the whole thing so you can sample it. (If you're reading this after 11/26/13, the link won't work)
I'd attach the whole course here, but I used a bunch of graphics from Shutterstock so I can't legally redistribute them.
Speaking of shutterstock, there's a fantastic character artist out there who goes by Artenot. He's one of the very few designers out there who has characters in multiple (like, hundreds) of poses. They're all cartoon, but that's generally what I look for.
Let me know of any feedback you have and thanks for all the community support.