If you’ve ever lost valuable production time searching for the right e-learning graphic icon, you’re not alone. Since most of us aren’t graphic design wizards, our instincts lead us to search for stock icons rather than build our own. Unfortunately, searching for icons is usually where course designers can lose their time.
The good news is that most course graphics can be created by non-designers. If you’ve ever thought about building your own e-learning graphics but didn’t know where to start, this week’s challenge is handcrafted for you!
DIY Icons for E-Learning
We shared a similar process for assembling character graphics in the pictograms challenge. It’s all about seeing how basic shapes can be combined to create anything you need.
Creating Your Own Icons
After seeing Joanna’s practical examples, I thought it would be fun to design a challenge around creating graphic icons for e-learning.
To help jumpstart the challenge, I rounded up some free resources to help you create your own custom icons and graphics.
The Noun Project
This site is a huge resource of icons and symbols. The licensing has changed a bit over the past year, but it still remains one of my favorites. Most icons are still free while others either require attribution. The quality and selection is amazing.
My go-to resource for icon fonts. Just install the font (.otf or .ttf) and you have access to over 500 font icons.
Also available is a handy cheatsheet to help you quickly find the icon you need.
Thousands of free icons you can use for personal and commercial projects.
Challenge of the Week
This week your challenge is to create a set of icons, buttons, or stickers to share with the e-learning community.
You can combine icon styles or focus on a specific theme for your icons.
You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio ‘13, or PowerPoint to create your challenge entry.
Note: If you create your icons in PowerPoint, more users will have access to your icon goodies.
- Super Clean Icon Set: Custom icon set created by Articulate designer Victor Erixon
- Ikons: 300 FREE vector icons you can use in commercial projects without attribution
- Font Awesome: Icon font gives you more than 500 icons
- How to create an icon collection: Good article on different icon styles
- Page Curl Stickers (Arrow Icons): Video workshop that takes you step-by-step through building your own stickers.
Share Your E-Learning Work
- Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
- Forums: Start your own thread and share a link to your published example..
- Personal blog: If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
- Twitter: If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.
- Facebook: Share your work on our Facebook page by replying to this Facebook post with a link to your example.
Last Week’s Challenge
Before you rush off to design your icons, check out the emoji examples your fellow community members shared in last week’s challenge:
Wishing you an iconic week, E-Learning Heroes!
New to the E-Learning Challenges?
The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.