Learning graphic designing can be quite exciting and challenging at the same time. You might come across certain problems as you begin your journey as a designer and therefore to help you, we have listed below five common mistakes that a newbie is likely to make. You need not worry about anything as we have also devised a solution for every problem. This is a guide for all the keen learners out there who share an interest in designing and want to improve their skills.
1) Using an excessive number of showy or different colors
In case your company has set some guidelines regarding the choice of colors to be used for the course then you do not have an option. However, if you are free to choose the color palette then you might find yourself wanting to use flashy colors to add life and personality to the course.
We recommend fighting the urge with full force if you do not want to create any blunder. Why, you might ask? Well, too many colors will distract the learners as they will find it hard to concentrate on the actual information.
This does not imply that you cannot use any bright color at all. On the other hand, you have to be clever enough to understand the purpose of the colors you include in the slide, be it bright or sober.
Also, keep an eye on the color combinations so that everything is clearly visible to the reader.
So, if you have just started with designing then it would be advisable to use a lesser number of colors. For example, you can begin with three colors which include one dominant and two neutral shades. And when you get a little comfortable, you might try your hands on other combinations as per your requirements.
Just keep in mind that all the colors used in the slide should complement one another as we do not want to cause any discomfort to the learner.
2) Creating a different layout for each slide
Many beginners think that by designing a distinctive layout for every slide they create a unique look. This is a wrong notion as by doing so you give rise to confusion because an increased number of slide layouts will make your course look disoriented.
For instance, if you use the same pattern and composition all through the course, it makes it look more relevant and united.
In addition to this, a common layout helps the learners to identify the topic they are going through in one glance. For example, a title slide helps a learner to know what his next step should be.
So, next time you sit for designing a new course, make sure that you choose a common layout for your slides that are available in most e-learning courses.
3) Using irrelevant fonts
While designing, beginners usually commit two types of mistakes. They either show a lazy attitude and work with the default font settings or go berserk by using irrelevant font types. While the former looks decent in most of the cases, the latter may provide you with undesired results. As a matter of fact, default fonts might look better than the fonts used carelessly.
For example, if you use too many font styles on a single slide, it detaches a reader from the actual message. This is the same as using too many different colors.
Besides choosing the right font style, you can keep a few extra points in mind. For instance, if you have something important to say, you can highlight it by typing in bold letters. Whatever you do, just don’t overdo anything.
4) Putting together images that don’t relate to each other
Many beginners choose the accurate images for their content which is the right thing to do but what they do not check is if all the images go together or not. How is that important since it is the content that matters you might ask? Well, it plays a vital role. While it is necessary to choose the images that represent your content, it is equally important to make sure they relate to each other. It would otherwise make the course look unprofessional.
If you want the learners to grasp the message clearly then you have to focus on the graphics as well.
While you are making sure that the images relate to one another, refrain from trying to match the image styles as that is a complex process. For example, if a few of your photos are black and white, you could add the same colored filter to other images so that they become relatable. The main thing is to make your images look like they were designed for your course even if that is not the case in reality.
5) The importance of leaving appropriate white space
The term “white space” refers to the vacant areas between the letters or the objects on the slides. It doesn’t necessarily have to be white as it can be in any other color. When you have a lot of content to accommodate in one slide, you might be tempted to occupy as much space as you possibly can. This happens more frequently with the newbies as they want to make sure every point has been included. While your intentions are noble, this might actually distort your message.
When the slides are over packed, it makes it difficult for the learners to focus on the important points and they miss out on the keynotes. It is better if you concentrate on a single idea per slide.
Always keep in mind that you need to deliver the message clearly even if that means creating extra slides.