Most organisations and companies have style guides that cover the use of their logo and other graphic elements including reports, business card, stationery design and sometimes web page layout. These are useful documents from a branding perspective, but they generally don’t cover specific eLearning Interactive design requirements and this often results in inconsistencies across interactivities.
ELearning interactives play an important role in representing an organisation and it is vital that they too portray a professional and consistent image. ELearning design guidelines and standards are just as important to ensure a strong and unified corporate image is projected. They will also assist with the:
- timely implementation of new initiatives
- development of new interactives and revision of current ones, and
- quality of designs.
ELearning Interactive design guidelines and standards can cover elements such as:
- page layout details
- position of the logo, title, revision date
- heading hierarchy
- font attributes
- line weights
- buttons, fields and label dimensions and positions etc.
- colours and visual elements
- standard wording used within your forms
- logical sequencing, and
- input and formatting requirements.
With standards in place it is easier to maintain a high quality of design regardless of who is undertaking the design of new forms or changes to existing forms.
I have just finished creating a Pattern Library for the company I am working for at the moment for the new courses we plan on creating next month. If you or anyone needs any assistance on this sort of stuff, feel free to contact me, I am more than happy to help out.