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Ask a Trainer Video: Visual Design for E-Learning

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

When you fall into the world of e-learning, there’s so much about the job that no one tells you. Not only do you need to be a good instructional designer, but you also need to be a project manager, user interface designer, video editor, audio editor, LMS administrator, and occasionally the only one who knows how to un-jam the office copying machine.

Then, of course, there’s the visual design and graphic design aspects of the job. And this are the two areas that most folks in our industry struggle to master. In fact, these are the primary tasks I get asked about more than any other topic related to e-learning. So, for this month’s Ask a Trainer episode, I invited Bianca Woods to join me in tackling your questions about managing learning projects. Enjoy!

Ask a Trainer Answers Your Questions About Visual Design for E-Learning
In this Ask a Trainer video, Tim Slade and Bianca Woods answer questions about visual design best practices when creating e-learning solutions.
In this video, Tim Slade and Bianca Woods answer questions about visual design for e-learning.Questions answered in this video:-“What tips can you share for selecting fonts and colors for my e-learning courses?” (2:19)-“How can you follow your company’s brand guidelines without all your e-learning courses looking exactly the same?” (5:04)-“How do you keep your e-learning courses looking visually consistent when you have multiple developers?” (8:39)-“What are the most common e-learning visual design mistakes that I should avoid?” (11:47)-"What are the most important visual design considerations when designing for accessibility?” (15:23)-“What are your top visual design tips for increasing and retaining learner engagement in an e-learning course?” (20:23)Connect with Tim Slade on:-LinkedIn: with Bianca Woods on: -LinkedIn: in submitting a question for a future video? Each month, we’ll solicit your questions on LinkedIn and Twitter around a common topic. You can submit your questions by posting on LinkedIn or Twitter with the #ATDAskATrainer hashtag. Check out the complete ATD Ask a Trainer advice column at
What other tips do you have about visual design for e-learning? Share them by commenting below.


Do you have a learning question you’d like me to tackle? You can email them to [email protected]! Also, make sure to visit the Ask a Trainer Hub to check out your questions and my answers.

About the Author

Tim Slade is a speaker, author, award-winning
e-learning designer, and author of The eLearning
Designer’s Handbook.

About the Author

Bianca Woods is an instructional designer with BMO Financial Group, where she designs course content and media, test drives new learning technology, and passionately argues for the abolishment of Comic Sans. With degrees in both art education and education media design & technology, she has a substantial amount of interest in demystifying design and technology for others.

When she’s not creating learning you can often find Bianca obsessing about new tech, live tweeting industry events, and searching for the perfect cupcake. If these things sound interesting to you, you should probably follow her Twitter feed @eGeeking.

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