Got Style? The Importance of Style Guides in Training

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DevLearn 2016 Conference & Expo - November 18, 2016

Colleen Dickens

Senior Instructional Designer
SAIC

Tina Turner

Multimedia Design Analyst Senior
SAIC

Some of the best training out there looks like it was developed by a single designer, regardless of how many people worked on it. But often when more than one learning professional is in the mix and there aren’t established design standards, even with the best of intentions the final product suffers from inconsistency and results in training that looks hodgepodge. The bigger the team, the worse that inconsistency can become. Consistency is key—and the solution resides in detailed style guides, design documents, and templates to make your work look polished and professional.

In this session, you’ll discover how using style guides for your team projects can lead to quicker development times, more consistency, and easier decisions about the look and feel of future projects. You’ll explore what a detailed approach to style guides looks like and discover best practices to use in creating your own. Developing and using these style guides will save countless hours—time that you can spend making more top-notch training instead of trying to clean up inconsistency.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to judge whether something needs a standard “style”
  • About the importance of templates
  • What a design document is
  • How to create a style guide in Microsoft Word, and why you need one
  • How to use screenshots to enhance your style guide
  • How to know when you need to update your style guide

Audience:
Novice and intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, and Snagit.

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