Graphics for the Graphics-challenged

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Online Forums 2012 - August 24, 2012
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Mark Simon

Principal Training Consultant
HiMark Solutions

There was a time when Instructional Designers didn’t need to worry about graphics. Among other things, the skills and tools were highly specialized, so Instructional Designers created “content” and graphic artists created, well, “graphics.” No more. Today, almost every authoring tool contains a graphic-drawing component, and your boss knows it. “Hire a graphic artist? You’ve got to be kidding me. Why can’t you do it yourself?”

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t have non-graphical people doing their own graphics, but if you think your boss will have a change of heart and hire a professional graphic designer to help with your projects, you may be making a big mistake. Instead, learn why your graphics aren’t quite as good as other people’s graphics, and take a few steps to make your graphic images more professional.

In this session, you will learn:

  • A few techniques that will make your graphic images stand out from the crowd
  • To decide which side of your brain to use when creating graphics and apply some common-sense principals from your Instructional Design side of the brain to help with your creative graphics work
  • To identify the basic principles of typology and work with typefaces that will give your graphic a professional polish
  • To define “lossless compression” and understand why saving to a lossless format will help your reputation
  • New ways to present photos in courses
  • The right way and wrong ways to do screen captures


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