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The Importance of Visuals in Instructional Design

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If your job (or future job) requires that you serve as both the instructional designer and the interface/object designer, be ruthless about polishing your visual design skills. While many people think people are simply born creative or “gifted,” the real truth is that people who create appealing graphics or visual design observe principles available to us all. I would highly recommend that every person going into or who is already in the instructional design field buy five books that will change the way you think about designing online training; these books include:

  1. Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds (ISBN 0-321-81198-4)
  2. Presentation Zen Design by Garr Reynolds (ISBN 0-321-66879-0
  3. Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen (ISBN 0-321-76843-4)
  4. Resonate by Nancy Duarte (ISBN 978-0-470-63201-7)
  5. Design for Communication by Elizabeth Resnick (ISBN 978-0-471-41829-0)

The last book on the list (Resnick) includes excellent assignments throughout the book. Some may find this a lot…

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