Instructional Design Tips That Really Pop #25

Happy Friday, E-Learning Heroes!

Fantastic week! I’m so impressed with the amazing demos, games, and e-learning templates you’ve cranked out over the past few weeks. Really inventive work in so little time! For this week, I think we’ve earned a little breather with a less intensive design workout.

One of the things I’ve been interested in lately is typography posters—you know, those fun posters that feature playful design quotes set in creative typography. They’re a great way to share tips or common pitfalls in a more engaging and shareable format than boring old bullet lists. 

Maybe you’ve heard that the e-learning industry loves its tips and rules of thumb. And we all have our favorite go-to tip, piece of advice, or rule of thumb; we love to spring on newbies.

Considering how often we’re asked, “What does an instructional designer need to know?” I thought a typography exercise would be a fun way to communicate our favorite tips visually to new users.

This week’s challenge

This week your challenge is to design a poster around your favorite education or instructional design quote. Your quote can be serious, playful, or even a little snarky. The text is simply the vehicle for your favorite tip designed as a typography poster.

When you post your example, please include the actual quote you used along with links to your website, Twitter, or other social media sites. It helps us promote you and your work while hopefully connecting you with other community members.


You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, PowerPoint, Word, or any graphics program to create your design poster.


Need some inspiration? Check out the following sites for education quotes and typography design inspiration.

What do e-learning designers need to know?

Forum threads

Instructional design quotes

Typography Posters

Free fonts

Last week’s e-learning challenge

To help you find your voice for this week's challenge, take a look at the highlights from last week's e-learning games challenge:

About the 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. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.

Have a quotable week, E-Learning Heroes!

Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free 30-day trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.