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Common Design Mistakes made by Instructional Designers and eLearning Developers and how to Avoid them

Our team has created a document that shares our 9 simple tips for increasing learning through improved design.

The 9 tip topics are:

  • Don’t Make your Learners Think.
  • Avoid Text.
  • Visual Triggers.
  • Make it Intuitive.
  • Colour Meaning.
  • Make it Easy.
  • Voiceover and Audio.
  • The Adventure of the Travelling Eye.
  • Avoid Clutter.
The role of graphic design is an important one in the instructional design/eLearning world and as instructional designers/eLearning developers we do not always have this valuable experience.

Imagine completing an eLearning course that only consisted of small black text that went for page after page—no formatting, no paragraphs, no images and no bullet points. Would you be engaged? We certainly would not.

Creating eLearning that is visually appealing is the gateway to creating a solution that has an impact.

You can have the best training content in the world but if you do not present it in an appealing and easy to digest way, you can wave your engagement and learning goals goodbye.

If you are not an expert at graphic design, have no fear. Our founder at Belvista Studios has graphic design experience and is willing to share. Use the tip sheet to improve your graphic design skills and in turn create learning solutions that:

  • Convey information effectively.
  • Capture the attention of your learners.
  • Engage your learners.
  • Impress your clients and have them coming back for more.
What Challenges will it Help you Overcome?

  • Provides you with learning solutions that engage your learners.
  • Provides you with learning solutions that leave an impression and create change.
  • Helps you convey your message/learning content effectively.
  • Helps you meet your learning goals.
Who is it For?

Instructional design or eLearning freelancers, consultants and agencies who want/need to:

  • Incorporate graphic design techniques into their solutions.
  • Create solutions that provide an effective user-experience.
  • Impress their clients through delivering eye-catching and appealing solutions.
Message from the Founder

When the Belvista Studios founder Kim, entered the instructional design/eLearning world, it became evident to her that not all instructional designers/eLearning developers had graphic design experience. She saw this as a problem.

Graphic design is crucial to effective eLearning design and Kim wanted to ensure that her industry peers utilised the techniques.This led her to create a resource that incorporated her graphic design knowledge. She hopes that through sharing these tips, others discover the power of graphic design and in turn the positive impact that it can have on their eLearning solutions and career.

Would you recommend that I get a degree in graphic design?

Not a degree from a university but a degree of knowledge from Google, YouTube or Instagram. ;)

Where else can I go to improve my graphic design skills?

Instagram and YouTube have sooo much content on design tips. Also, look around you. Reflect on what you like/what you don't like and why that is the case. The key to getting better at design is recognising what works and experimenting to build your skills.

Can you provide me with coaching for graphic design specifically? 

Our Portfolio Feedback service in "Coaching" can touch on this. We won't train you on the tools etc. but we can help build your appreciation for good design, as well as how to improve your look and feel/user interface (UI).

How do I Download it?

Download the PDF guide for Increased Learning through Improved Graphic Design (9 Simple Tips) for free here (sharing is caring).

If you would like to discuss improving your eLearning using graphic design techniques in further detail please don't hesitate to contact our passionate founder Kim via or by connecting with her on LinkedIn. 

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