I’ve been looking at a few examples of in-house e-learning content in the past week ot two, in each case developed by relatively novice designers. What struck me was that, although they had some good content and reasonably challenging interactions, they really didn’t look very nice at all!
- Good practice in terms of colour schemes, layout, navigational devices, typography, etc.
- A consistency in the application of the above.
- Buy a good book on the subject (say Connie Malamed’s Visual Language for Designers or Timothy Samara’s Design elements – a graphic style manual) and then try to put into practice what you read.
- Employ a graphic designer to establish a look and feel that can be applied to all future programmes, and then encapsulate this in a style guide which includes templates for all common screen types.