Infographics can really support elearning by clarifying ideas and concepts, condensing large sets of data, and engaging the audience. It’s worth taking the time to plan your infographic designs carefully and take other steps to improve your infographics. Determine your objective and identify what you want the audience to take away from this information. Then convert the data into a visual representation that will help your learners achieve this goal.
Here are some qualities for making good infographics.
Even thought the point of an infographic is to compress a bunch of data, don’t be tempted to pack in every possible piece of information you want your learner to absorb. Information overload can completely ruin an infographic, because if a learner can’t connect with the image quickly they will skip over everything else once they’ve lost interest.
The purpose of an infographic is to deliver a message in a simple visual format. Too much data, colors, and images can actually make your message harder to understand, so make sure that you keep the message simple to digest.
Infographics should engage and cause the viewer to interact with your elearning content in some way. You need to be able to draw interest and attention quickly. Imagine if you took your data and just created a simple pie chart or a line graph. What would the average learner think? They wouldn’t be too impressed and that doesn’t help with retention. Your design needs to be interesting and distinctive in a way that will draw learners and help them to absorb your full message.
Creativity is always going to help your elearning graphics stay memorable for your learners. Many people use online template software, and while it might save you some time, this creates generic infographics that all look the same. Custom designed infographics are the only way to really ensure a creative design.
4. Visual Focus
It is important to keep the text minimal, and focus on the visual elements of the infographic. Keep in mind that the point of using infographics is to help your learner save time when there is a lot of content to read. Your infographic needs to stop them from passing over this content to get to the end of the elearning as fast as they can. In order to do this your infographic needs to grab their attention and this is done with visual elements, not text.
These are just a few tips on how custom graphics can really help your elearning stand out for your audience. Contact us today to talk to our design team on how we can help create original graphics and content to take your elearning to the next level!