Desktop and Office Elearning Templates

E-Learning Challenge #5: Challenge | Recap

One of the things I like most about office and desktop designs is how their organic nature makes it so easy to create rich and flexible layouts without having to worry about pixel-perfect alignment. No one expects sticky notes or tacked paper to follow strict grid lines.

So unlike last week’s minimalist, flat approach, we’re going to rough things up this week with textures, drop shadows, page curls, stickers, notepaper, Polaroids, tape, push-pins, and dozens of visual elements you’d expect to find on and around someone’s desk.

Office and desktop designs visually reflect our attempts to tame real-life’s entropy: organized clutter, rich textures, and non-linear layouts. Let’s take a look at an example:

This office design theme was created for executive assistants. The non-linear layouts allowed me to vary my content holders (paper, note cards, sticky notes) to accommodate text-heavy slides.

I created a dozen or more layouts for that project. But everything was designed around a single background comprised of three elements:

Simple, right? The trick is to balance the background graphics and content holders so they don’t compete with your content. That’s why desks, folders, cork boards, cube walls are great background objects. Then use elements like paper, picture frames, sticky notes, and note cards for content holders.

Challenge of the week

Now it’s your turn! Show the community your desktop- or office-themed designs:

  • Objective: Create an office or desktop course template. Include at least three different content slides, and more if you’d like. Your slides can be static or built out as working interactions. The objective is to show how us how your design will carry across your project.
  • Tools: You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or PowerPoint to create your examples.


Tom posted a bucketful of office and desktop templates. We also have binders of inspiring Screenrs and templates you can use to create your designs:

PowerPoint templates:

Storyline templates:

Office, paper, and desktop theme examples:

Last week’s challenge

The examples shared in last week’s flat design challenge can be summarized in one word, three syllables: Amazing. Not only did you make it our biggest challenge ever, the examples were some of the most creative we’ve seen. One of the biggest takeaways for me was that even the simple examples generated tons of ideas.

Thinking about jumping into the challenge but not sure how to start? Check out what your fellow community members shared over the past week:

Have a great week, E-Learning Heroes!

David Anderson