Engagement-category

Designing for Engagement

Good design evokes interest, motivates engagement, and produces wonders in the hearts of those encountering the work of the designer. In order to influence others, designers make use of elements like color, shape, texture, arrangement, balance, and symmetry.

Motivation

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Have you ever picked up a book to read because the front cover caught your eye? Or spent far longer than you intended to spend exploring a website? Good design can lead to greater engagement by the learners with the material. The aesthetic decisions you make in your course can be a powerful tool to increase learner’s motivation to engage the material.  Good design is about more than just making the content look good. You also want to consider the perspective of the learner and think about how they will approach the content. What navigation features would be of benefit to them as they work through the content? What organizational pattern would be the most intuitive for them? Another important component of motivation is thinking about how the content connects with the student’s life. What aspects of the content will be most relevant to them? What aspects will be most...

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Purposes for Design

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This is a post in the purposes category.

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Asymmetrical Balance in Design

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Here’s an article on asymmetrical balance in design.

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Principles of Design

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This graphic is courtesy of Paper Leaf.

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Elements of Design

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This graphic is courtesy of Paper Leaf.

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Elements and Principles of Design

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This video gives an overview of the basic elements and principles of graphic design.

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Size in Design

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This is a blog post about the use of scale in graphic design.

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Shape in Design

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This is a post about the use of shape in graphic design.

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Texture in Design

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Here is an article about the use of texture in graphic design. If you need to add texture to a design, check out The Pattern Library. This is a curated collection of patterns you can download and use.

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Color palettes in PowerPoint

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Once you have chosen a color palette for your course, you might want to make use of it in PowerPoint to create some graphics or make a presentation for your students. This website shows you how to customize the color scheme in PowerPoint.

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