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.
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.
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.
One way to create a color palette is to use the color wheel. Adobe has an interactive color wheel at color.adobe.com. You can use the sliders to find a particular color, and then select a color rule to see its complement on the color wheel or the two colors that go along with it to form a triad. You can also generate an analogous, monochromatic, or compound pattern based on the color. (Check out the color theory reference chart to see how those color relationships are formed.)
When you find a great color you want to be able to replicate it. Two common ways that designers talk about color are RGB values and Hex values.
RGB values look like this: R: 186 G: 47 B: 39. The red, green, and blue values can be any number from 0 to 225.
Hex values look like this: #BA2F27. Each of the 6 digits in the number can be a number from 0 to 9 or a letter from A to F.
Some programs will ask for the RGB value, others will ask for the Hex value. But as long as you know one of the two, it’s easy to convert it to the other value.
If you know the RGB value and need the Hex value, use the converter at http://www.rgbtohex.net.
If you know the Hex value and need the RGB value, use the converter at http://www.rgbtohex.net/hextorgb/.