You’re diving into the field of instructional design and developing an online course and want to impress your client and establish yourself as a competent instructional designer. You stare at the screen in front of you with a blank slide ready to be designed. You have ideas about how you want to create an online course and are excited about getting started!
But hold on for a second.
Many instructional designers have been in your shoes, and, luckily for you, they have made mistakes, so you don’t have to. Here are some common graphic design mistakes that instructional designers often make and ways you can avoid them
Mistake 1: inconsistent color scheme
It’s okay to be creative when creating an online course, but being too creative with colors will leave your learners confused and distract them from the information you’re presenting. Make your course visually appealing and engaging, but don’t go overboard like the example below:
How to avoid creating an inconsistent color scheme
A good rule of thumb is to choose about 2 to 3 colors and use them throughout your course. Make sure the graphics you use complement the colors you chose – similar to the slide below: