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Creative Pipeline: The ACP Blog

20 Posts authored by: Sally Cox ACP

I am creating a series of infographics, with design tips to help my fellow eLearning developers. Here is the first one ... I hope you find it useful!
Created with Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.

 

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Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we speak with Kevin Siegel, who runs a very successful eLearning training firm called IconLogic and the new International Council for Certified Online Training Professionals.

 

Your Name

Kevin Siegel

 

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#1 What is your primary job title?

CEO for IconLogic (iconlogic.com) and the International Council for Certified Online Training Professionals (iccotp.com)

 

 

#2 Who or what inspires you?

Attending an online class where I was engaged and motivated… there’s so much bad training out there that this is a very rare occurrence.

 

 

#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

I shouldn’t have eaten that candy because now I just want to sleep.

 

 

#4 Share a life lesson you learned?

Never insult/gesture to a person on the highway… they could end up in your class that same day.

 

 

#5 Favorite period of history?

The Revolutionary War. I simply cannot believe the colonials pulled it off. Nothing even close has ever happened in history.

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Revolutionary War

 

#6 What projects are you working on right now?

I’m building ICCOTP into a certification powerhouse.

 

 

#7 Describe your personal style.

Fun with a hint of gruff.

 

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#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

You name it I’ve got it!

 

 

#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

The first time I taught a difficult/challenged person to do something on the computer and did not feel an urge to strangle him (as I was warned I would have to do). I then became a business-to-business trainer.

 

 

#10 What's your super power?

I can make you laugh, even on your death bed.

 

 

#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

Creamy of course… who wants chunks?

 

 

#12 What makes you happy?

Seeing my girls laugh

 

 

#13 What do you do to relax?

Golf

 

 

#14 Your place of birth?

Greenbelt, MD

 

 

#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol and two of his works

 

 

#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

In an attempt to draw an emoji on a white board, I drew something that looked like private parts (I won’t go into more detail). I was mortified but that class thought it was the funniest thing ever. The drawing was confiscated by a colleague and makes an appearance on Facebook whenever I get full of myself.

 

 

#17 Color of the car you drive?

Black

 

 

#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

Play the guitar (it’s on the list for 2017)

 

 

#19 How do you get your news?

The News app on my phone

 

 

#20 Advice to other creatives?

Never, ever let someone tell you not to do what you love because they don’t think you can do it. Screw them and do it. (I had a school “counselor” tell me I should give up the dream of being a published author because I had no skill for that. This person suggested I become a forest ranger instead because I said I liked being outdoors. 200+ books later (many of which are international best-sellers) and, well, you get the picture.

Happy New Year, everyone! Here are some of my best tips to start the New Year out right ... created in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017. Hope you find them useful!

 

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Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we meet my friend and colleague Sid Maestre. Sid was the first person I ever saw speak on mobile, and he's still on the cutting edge. Read on to learn more about Sid.

 

 

Your Name

Sid Maestre

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#1 What is your primary job title?

Lead Developer Evangelist at Xero

 

 

#2 Who or what inspires you?

Hmmmm, that really depends on what type of inspiration I'm seeking. With work, relationships, parenting, creative pursuits, personal goals, I draw inspiration for different sources. I've been focused on health & wellness and find Shawn Stevenson and his podcast "the Model Health Show" inspirational.

 

 

#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

I find myself replaying events that have happened in the recent past and thinking about what I could have done better or how I can do better next time.  As a parent, this is a constant theme.

 

 

#4 Share a life lesson you learned?

Things go wrong in our lives, and we often elevate these events to "crisis" level and react accordingly. Take a deep breath and really think about all the worse things that could have happened to put the current situation in perspective.

 

 

#5 Favorite period of history?

I studied history at University, so it's very hard to chose.  Get me a time machine and you'll never see me again. If I only get to visit one time in history, I would say ancient Rome. I've seen the ruins, and would love to have seen how life was back then.

 

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Ancient Rome

 

 

#6 What projects are you working on right now?

Professionally, I'm leading a global team of Developer Evangelists at Xero and we're focused on leveling up our technology which includes our SDKs for our API.   Personally, I've reunited with my songwriting partners from 25 years ago and we are reworking our material and releasing it on iTunes and Amazon - it's called The Detsky Mir Project - https://www.reverbnation.com/DetskyMirProject

 

 

#7 Describe your personal style.

Silicon Valley Business Uniform

 

 

#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

For my work at Xero I'm using Github client, Sublime Text, Eclipse, Fireworks, Camtasia.  For music I started with GarageBand then moved to Logic as we got more serious.

 

 

#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

I got a teaching credential after completing college, but didn't become a teacher.  Joining the ranks of Developer Evangelist, I've found that passion for helping other learn was always there, looking for an opportunity to express itself.

 

 

#10 What's your super power?

80's trivia

 

 

#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

Creamy - I can't believe this is even a question.

 

 

#12 What makes you happy?

Seeing my girls happy.

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#13 What do you do to relax?

After a hard day working in the yard, nothing feels better than sitting down with my wife with a glass of white wine and admiring what we'd accomplished that day.

 

 

#14 Your place of birth?

San Francisco

 

 

#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

I'm a fan of Frank Gehry's work. I have no experience as an architect, but I love hearing about the thought that goes into architecture. It's like a well written pop song, a lot of thought goes in and the end result appears effortless.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, by Frank Gehry

 

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Dancing House in Prague, by Frank Gehry

 

 

#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

My first job out of school was for a software company called JIAN, which did business planning software. At the company Xmas party, I was roped in to sing the "12 days of JIAN". 4 of us rehearsed for like 5 minutes and sounded horrible. I can laugh looking back on it now, we must have looked ridiculous.

 

 

#17 Color of the car you drive?

Silver

 

 

#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

Juggling

 

 

#19 How do you get your news?

NPR, Podcasts, Twitter, Digg

 

 

#20 Advice to other creatives?

Yes, we get sparks of inspiration, but it's the iterations and refinement that we put into our work that makes it stand out.  Also, remember that sometime less is more.

Christmas is just a few days away, and here are some great ideas to spread a little holiday cheer and kindness. I created this with Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.

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Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we meet the inspirational Renaldo Lawrence. Renaldo is a Lynda/LinkedIn author and Adobe Education Leader, who is working hard to change the minds and attitudes of students through positive messaging on social media.

 

 

Your Name

Renaldo Lawrence

 

#1 What is your primary job title?

My primary job title is e-Learning Creator. In this role, I work with staff at school to create interactive learning materials based on the teacher’s curriculum. I also teach the ICT curriculum.

 

 

#2 Who or what inspires you?

People inspire me. I love to see people who are creative, but creatives who work without a visible ego. I am also inspired by my children whose values make me proud. They are the hardest working people I know other than my wife. I am also inspired by my Mother who is 91 years old. She went back to school at 42 in order to show us just how important an education was. My true role model. I also admire my father who as a man, had it rough in terms of existing during a time when being a black man was not a good thing. I admire him because he tried his best to hide me from that reality and he did a great job of doing it.

 

My family during the 2012 Olympics in London. My sons played for the Great Britain basketball team.

 

 

#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

Great question. My life is based around self-improvement and this is the center of my car experience. I have an invisible Master-Mind group who doesn’t have an idea who I am. I use this group to help direct my moral purpose and allow me to center myself as a person. Most important that group helps me to grow as a person. There are Joel Osteen , Eric Thomas, Anthony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, LeBron James for the programs he runs for the children in his LeBron James Foundation, Oprah Winfrey and Steve Harvey.

 

So, every morning, when people are listening to the News, I listen to self-help materials. I just believe my mind is to valuable in the mornings to listen to just anything. When you have a job like mine, being a teacher it is essential that I am my best self. I arm myself every morning with goodness and positivity before the world has a chance to beat me up. So, when I encounter negativity, I’m totally prepared. Priceless!

 

 

#4 Share a life lesson you learned?

My most precious life lesson comes from my mother. That lesson is that you have to arm yourself every morning and during the day over and over and over. Never let anyone tell you that you are unimportant because that is just their opinion.

Pernell Lawrence, my mother has always told all of her children to think that they are blessed and highly favored. Highly Favored!

 

 

#5 Favorite period of history?

Now, I so jealous of our young people and the opportunity they have with technology. (-:

 

 

#6 What projects are you working on right now?

I have so many projects. I am about to move schools and I want to work with my new school creating VR materials. I also want to ensure that I can continue creating interactive materials which will support students learning. You can see examples of the materials I have created by clicking on the links provided. (Sally the document is attached)

I am also writing my next course for www.lynda.com/renaldolawrence

 

 

I have a program I created with Matt Mead, the head of education at Chelsea Soccer club where we take underprivileged students and help them realize how they can be whatever they want to with the proper direction. (link here)

 

 

#7 Describe your personal style.

Help everyone I can as long as the project has concrete meaning.

 

 

#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

All the Adobe tools and I mean all of the Creative Cloud. I also love Articulate Storyline.

 

 

#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

About 10 years ago when I said the hell with it. I just decide to go for what I want and not let anyone tell me what I couldn’t do.

 

 

#10 What's your super power?

Ginseng and the ability to fly in my dreams and everyday life (-:

 

 

#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

Chunky – I like it rough (-:

 

 

#12 What makes you happy?

Waking up in the morning. Then being able to share a message with the world.

 

 

#13 What do you do to relax?

Have a computer in front of me along with my phone.

 

 

#14 Your place of birth?

St Matthews, South Carolina

 

 

#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

Joel Osteen, Eric Thomas, Jim Rohn, Steve Harvey and Drake.

 

 

#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

Going to school one day when there wasn’t school. Student saw me and just couldn’t stop laughing.

 

 

#17 Color of the car you drive?

A blue Audi

 

 

#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

Coding just the basics. More about using Premiere Pro in a professional setting. I would love to start my own video business.

 

 

#19 How do you get your news?

People! Also, because I am in Europe, I have access to a lot of different news channels with different points of views. Gives you a better chance of maybe finding out the truth.

 

 

#20 Advice to other creatives?

You have but one life. Go for it because if you don’t you will regret it later in life.

 

 

Renaldo on Twitter

Renaldo on Lynda.com

Renaldo's Website

Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we get to know Victoria Pavlov – photographer extraordinaire, as well as an amazing digital artist.

 

#1 What is your primary job title?

Victoria Pavlov

 

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#1 What is your primary job title?

Self-employee

 

#2 Who or what inspires you?

Art, music and Adobe  apps (mobile and desktop)

 

#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

I am listening audiobooks in my car (because this is only the time when I can hear/read any book. I have no other time to do it)

 

#4 Share a life lesson you learned?

Learn, listen, move on (don’t look back). Never think that you know everything and you don't need to learn anymore.

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#5 Favorite period of history?

Renaissance

 

#6 What projects are you working on right now?

I am trying to improve my oil painting technic in Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Photoshop Sketch

 

#7 Describe your personal style.

Depend of the mood

 

#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

In my workflow I am 100% using Adobe apps (mobile and desktop) and Nikon

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#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

I was drawing from age 3 ( as I remember) but I took my first drawing class at age 5

 

#10 What's your super power?

Count to 10

 

#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

Chunky

 

#12 What makes you happy?

People, art, and puppy

 

#13 What do you do to relax?

Be honest I never completely relax. I always have something to do

 

#14 Your place of birth?

Azerbaijan

 

#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

Leonardo da Vinci

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#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

I was looking for “Undo” and “Crop” tools in my traditional method of painting

 

#17 Color of the car you drive?

Black

 

#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

Ride a bicycle and make sushi

 

#19 How do you get your news?

Alexa and TV

 

#20 Advice to other creatives?

Always learn, listen, look for an inspiration every day

 

Victoria's website

Victoria on Twitter

Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, I introduce you to Kat Contreras – friend & ex-student of mine, whose star is rising, and I could not be happier for this immensely talented photographer.

 

Your Name

Kat Contreras

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#1 What is your primary job title?

Photographer

 

#2 Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by successful women entrepreneurs, modern art museums and street art.

 

#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

Pay attention and not get lost.

 

#4 Share a life lesson you learned?

Like fear, people can smell and detect confidence.

 

#5 Favorite period of history?

I’m fascinated by the late 70s and 80s.

 

#6 What projects are you working on right now?

Photography portfolio

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#7 Describe your personal style.

Simple yet different, colorful. I love pulling from the old and making it subtley new.

 

#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

DSLR, macbook pro, thunderbolt monitor, Wacom and the creative cloud.

 

#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

I found a creative way to make work like play.

 

#10 What's your super power?

Patience, I like to take my time.

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#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

Creamy, spreads better.

 

#12 What makes you happy?

Being financially compensated for my art.

 

#13 What do you do to relax?

I love to play video games

 

#14 Your place of birth?

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

Basquiate, Warhol, Jasper Johns, Baldersari, Avedon, Martha Cooper, Cathie Opie and Vivian Maier to name a few.  I’m a huge fan of the pop art movement, street graffift of the late 70s/80s

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#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

A few years back I was really excited to land an internship to a very popular publication, I was so excited afterwards that I ran right into a glass door and hit my head pretty hard.

 

#17 Color of the car you drive?

Modern steel

 

#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

Color grading motion/film.

 

#19 How do you get your news?

LA/NY times, Washington Post but mostly NPR.

 

#20 Advice to other creatives?

Be passionate and deliberate about your work.  Someone is paying attention.

 

Kat's website

Kat on Twitter

Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, since none of my interviewees responded in time, I interviewed myself!

 

Your Name

Sally Cox

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My love of tech aside, I was born in the wrong century.

Dickens Faire, San Francisco

 

 

#1 What is your primary job title?

Instructional Designer/eLearning Developer/Adobe Community Professional

 

#2 Who or what inspires you?

The colors and shapes of Nature, my amazing daughter, and the strong independent thinkers I have surrounded myself with, continue to inspire me.

 

#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

  1. Did I close the garage door?
  2. What new adventures can I find today? I am still learning my way around beautiful Reno/Tahoe.

 

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Looking west toward the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe from Washoe Valley – Carson City to the left and Reno to the right. Just beautiful!

 

 

#4 Share a life lesson you learned?

YOU are in charge of your own destiny. Take the reins of your own life, and watch things change for the better.

Took some hard lessons and many years to learn this, but putting control of my life in someone else's hands is foolish and I won't do it.

 

#5 Favorite period of history?

Early 1900s until 1930s. Such an incredible time of art, development, and invention. And the clothing!

 

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An eLearning course I created on Flappers – I love the 1920s!

 

 

#6 What projects are you working on right now?

Creating a series of eLearning modules on parking safety, some rebranding for Intel, and continuing the work I do for Adobe.

Also creating an eLearning video training course that will be released in early 2017.

 

#7 Describe your personal style.

Work – flat design, colorful cartoon-like imagery and clean typography

Personal – denim, vintage jewelry, dresses, and flip flops

 

#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

I use anything Adobe, also Storyline, Camtasia, Snagit, Dropbox, GoogleDrive, OneDrive, PowerPoint, Keynote.

 

#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

When I realized I love what I do – if you don't wake up every day excited to work, it's time to switch careers.

 

#10 What's your super power?

I am able to cry at the drop of a hat, and I have the ability to build rapport with (almost) anyone.

 

#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

Chunky, but I have been known to mix the two. I am a peanut butter junkie.

 

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My design work is colorful and flat.

 

 

#12 What makes you happy?

Kindness, spending time with my daughter, dog kisses, strong coffee, and travel

 

#13 What do you do to relax?

Play with my dogs, watch old movies, organize, bake, sketch and draw

 

#14 Your place of birth?

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

 

#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

Love them all, but Gustav Klimt is king. I appreciate his mix of art and design.

 

#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

I worked for "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" early in my career, 1980s. Mr. Rogers was a delight to be around, as you can imagine. On my birthday one year, he called out for champagne and everyone sang while he played "Happy Birthday" to me on the piano. Will never be another moment to match that one ... what an honor to have known this kind, gentle man.

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Me on the set of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" with Art Director Jack Guest (middle with glasses) and the rest of the crew. Family Communications studio, Pittsburgh, 1980s

 

 

#17 Color of the car you drive?

White

 

#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

  1. Mastering Adobe Animate CC because there is so much I can do with it, in regards to eLearning
  2. Improving my current skill set – I never want to stop learning
  3. Hanging my clothes up at the end of the day, instead of throwing them on the chair

 

#19 How do you get your news?

Twitter, other online sites, CNN and all major networks, NPR, PBS, Fox news, BBC – important to hear all points of view

 

#20 Advice to other creatives?

  1. Take charge of your own career.
  2. Reinvent yourself, and take the steps necessary to get where you want to be.
  3. It's more important to be smart than to be pretty.
  4. Create a portfolio of your own "fake" projects until you accumulate real ones.
  5. Surround yourself with smart, forward-thinking people who inspire you.
  6. Stop waiting for motivation and luck to come your way – make your own luck!
  7. Stay positive and keep focused on your goals, and how you present yourself to the world.
  8. Don't burn bridges.
  9. Continue to put good things out into the Universe, and good will come back to you. Works for me!

 

Sally on Twitter

Sally's portfolio

Winter is here – enjoy these winter driving tips, created in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017. I love infographics.

Drive safely!

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Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we talk with the immensely talented digital artist Brian Middleton.

 

Your Name

Brian Middleton

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#1 What is your primary job title?

Professional Visual Artist

#2 Who or what inspires you

Oh ! So many and so much:

  • The colour spectrum and how Light affects whatever I see: reflecting, refracting, abstracting reality.
  • My husband Carl McLuhan who is a wonderful writer and pianist and thinker.
  • Artists : Gerhard Richter, Lucian Freud, Pierre Bonnard.
  • My parents who are 93 and 91 and survived WWII and faced many challenges but remain positive.

#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

  • Being a kinder driver.
  • How beautiful the sky looks.
  • Paying attention to the road.

 

#4 Share a life lesson you learn?

Be kinder than necessary - always. Every person I meet is facing a challenge about which I know nothing.

 

#5 Favorite period of history?

I am currently fascinated by the period 1930 - 55 ( just before, during and the decade right after the Second World War.)

 

#6 What projects are you working on right now?

I am learning about video and sound editing and I have a commission for a public artwork to honour search and rescue workers in the province of British Columbia.

 

#7 Describe your personal style.

Now THAT is a toughie to answer ! I worked with traditional art media and tools for forty years before switching to digital painting apps three years ago. I think " explorer and experimenter " would best describe what I try to do.

 

#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

I paint digitally ( no stylus ) on my iPad and iPhone using the apps Procreate, ArtStudio and Art Rage. I also use SparkPost and SparkVideo and iMovie for text and video editing.

 

#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

44 years ago while I was studying in France I discovered an overwhelming need to draw and paint. It took me totally by surprise!

 

#10 What's your super power?

Silence.

 

#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

I love Creamy on hot buttered toast.

 

#12 What makes you happy?

  • Being with my loved ones.
  • Sharing meals.
  • Puppies and Dogs

 

#13 What do you do to relax?

Take 45 minute walks on trails near the Pacific.

 

#14 Your place of birth?

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

 

#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

See #2

 

 

#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

A nervous kindergarten kid during a Christmas concert nativity scene who began pulling on his balloon/udder as one of the cows in the manger. The audience started laughing and couldn't stop and he didn't have a clue!

 

#17 Color of the car you drive?

Silver

 

#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

Making a documentary film.

 

#19 How do you get your news?

  • BBC International News
  • CBC
  • PBS / NPR
  • Twitter

#20 Advice to other creatives?

  • Hold on tight to your dreams.
  • Trust your intuition.
  • Keep an open mind.

 

Learn more about Brian's work:

Website: www.brianmiddletonart.ca

Instagram: BrianMiddletonArt

FaceBook: @BrianMiddletonArt

Video Link:

In my fantasy world, every learner who partakes of one of my courses would be tech savvy, so I can try lots of cool new things to keep them interested. The truth is, we all bring our own experiences to the table and there will be always be learners who are tech-challenged and might need a little extra guidance. As an Instructional Designer, I don’t want to leave any students out in the cold. That being said, I’ll share some simple tips to help make ALL your courses user-friendly for ALL learners.

 

Consistency

Using the same color buttons and hyperlinks makes it easy to engage with the content. Keep NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons in the same location – help your learner become familiar with the process and at the same time, get comfortable with online learning.

 

Consistency is also key when it comes to voice. If you ask a learner to perform a task, make it clear what the task is and that they are to perform it. If you are demoing a process to the learner and they are NOT to interact with the content, but just watch the demo – make that clear to the learner, as well. I’ve seen courses that mix the two techniques without proper definition and clarity. That can be confusing, and the learner can miss important content!

 

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In this example, I have included a direction to “select each stopwatch.”  This simple directive establishes that the learner is to interact with the content.

 

 

Navigation

Regardless of whether you use the navigation features of the tool you are creating in, or create your own custom navigation, just make sure you cover all your bases. A learner may wish to return to the first scene and, provided you allow them to do it, make sure you give them an easy way to get back there.

 

Navigation or “nav bars” are very familiar to most learners, since websites have similar navigation and your users are most like accustomed to using them. And if you’re using “branching” within your course, ensure the learner can always find their way around if they move through the course in a non-linear fashion.

 

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This graphic shows some of the aforementioned tips to make it easy for all learners to interact with my content, just as I intended.

 

 

Color

 

Another tip for guiding the learner is to keep all the navigation in the same look and feel. Text links would be the same color as buttons, and so one. Again, it becomes familiar to the learner and removes any intimidation about interacting with the course.

 

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Here’s an example of using one color to indicate interaction. Notice the orange buttons onscreen, as well as the orange NEXT and PREVIOUS. They don’t look alike but are the same color, so by now the learner is accustomed to interacting with the orange directives.

Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we talk with the immensely talented Bert Monroy. Check out his amazing photo-realistic work here.

 

Your Name

Bert Monroy

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#1 What is your primary job title?

Artist/Teacher

 

#2 Who or what inspires you?

Maxfield Parrish, Richard Estes and life.

 

#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

Whatever is important or cool that particular day. Sometimes what isn’t.

 

#4 Share a life lesson you learned?

Don’t put things off, get them done.

 

#5 Favorite period of history?

1960s

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#6 What projects are you working on right now?

A street scene in Paris. It is a breakaway from my usual work in that, due to a new machine, I have increased the size and res of the image giving me more detail than ever before.

 

#7 Describe your personal style.

Work wise my style is Hyper-realistism. Life, intense and laid back at the same time.

 

#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

Illustrator and Photoshop.

 

#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

Been drawing since I was 2.

 

#10 What's your super power?

Patience.

 

#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

Both.

 

#12 What makes you happy?

The simple things in life like a hike in the woods or a good plate of pasta.

 

#13 What do you do to relax?

Hike.

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#14 Your place of birth?

New York City

 

#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

Richard Estes and the rest of the artist in the Photorealism movement.

 

#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

I was once in Chicago to do a demonstration of PixelPaint. I specified that the machine needed to have and 8-bit board to handle the 256 colors.

 

When I arrived, the machine was not as ordered. With the guts of the machine spread out all over the table, I had to stall and entertain the audience of about 500 people for 45 minutes while Apple Chicago brought the right video card so I could do my thing.

 

Fortunately not a single person left.

 

#17 Color of the car you drive?

Green Honda CRV

 

#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

Playing the piano.

 

#19 How do you get your news?

Ear to the ground. Newspapers, TV, Internet anything that comes at me.

 

#20 Advice to other creatives?

Do what you love and are passionate about. Don’t be swayed by what others think of your work, do what comes from your heart.

Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we talk with the crazy but amazingly innovative Nick van der Walle – CEO of Astute Graphics.

 

Your Name

Nicholas van der Walle

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#1 What is your primary job title?

Managing Director (the red squirrel equivalent of the title “CEO”)

 

#2 Who or what inspires you?

Great design defined by craftsmanship, attention to detail and innovation – be it graphic or engineering.

 

#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

What does that flashing light mean? Sometimes the one that’s been following me for the past three miles.

 

#4 Share a life lesson you learned?

Be good to others, especially if they are good to you. This can manifest itself from a sincere “thank you” to ensuring you pay as soon as an invoice hits the desk… there’s typically no excuse otherwise for either gesture.

 

#5 Favorite period of history?

Tomorrow. Sure the past is important and sometimes fun to learn from, but it’s only tomorrow we have the power to shape into what we consider the ideal.

 

#6 What projects are you working on right now?

Strange you ask that… let me whisper it to you.

 

#7 Describe your personal style.

Spontaneous. Creative. Random. Dimensional accuracy OCD.

 

#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

Illustrator coupled with Astute Graphics’ plug-ins (astutegraphics.com), naturally! However, the work I’m meant to concentrate on now-a- days all takes place in email, a myriad of web services, Excel, TextWrangler, GotoMeeting and many more.

 

#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

In my teens. I always liked design and innovation, but the first 10 years were related to the mechanical world. It was only in my early 20’s that I realized infernal computers had won the war against the mighty drawing board and set square.

 

#10 What's your super power?

Embarrassing Cocktail Man. Doesn’t matter which I randomly point to on a menu, it always arrives in a Martini style glass with umbrella and impaled cherry. Sometimes with a passing flourish of sugar glistening in the spot lights. Always makes me look simultaneously butch and mysterious.

 

#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

Creamy. No – wait… chunky. Unless on toast. Then definitely creamy.

 

#12 What makes you happy?

Lego. Bought for my wonderful young son. Obviously.

 

#13 What do you do to relax?

Hiding the Lego from my son (and wife!) and building it for display in the office.

 

#14 Your place of birth?

England. Previously in the parish of Europe.

 

#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

M C Escher. Unique and a true genius!

 

#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

Strangely, it involved San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, two crazy and amazing ladies and an infestation of fog. But I never talk about that.

 

#17 Color of the car you drive?

Black.

 

#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

Welding. Then I would be complete as a human.

 

#19 How do you get your news?

By mistake.

 

#20 Advice to other creatives?

Specialize. And then ensure you become damn good at that niche by admitting every day you never know it all, resulting in constant skills development.

I developed this infographic to share some of my best design tips for eLearning developers.

It was created with Adobe Illustrator. Hope you find it helpful!

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