A quick video that explores a creative problem solving technique I use often in my instructional design work when organizing content, writing scripts, or designing graphics.
When I learn any new tools or techniques, I always assign myself a short project. This project started with my desire to explore the challenges in upgrading to the latest Camtasia platform. With most tools being simplified or moved to unusual locations, I challenged myself to work through each road block.
I started with a text-based foundation, my previous blog Creative Thinking at 2 PM – Avoiding Writer’s Block.
This project showcases graphic techniques for learning, which I found reinforced in my recent reading of a short book by Connie Malamed, Visual Language for Designers. The graphics are designed to reduce the cognitive load and allow for faster transfer of learning from short-term to long-term memory. See The eLearning Coach for Connie Malamed’s podcasts, books, and helpful blogs.
When I work on small portfolio projects for myself, it is outside the realm of external influences and standards. With such freedom, I had fun brainstorming and designing for this topic. Still, one cannot go off the deep end. I designed each element for continuity and consistency with this video’s theme. I had to ensure the video fits with my existing video collection. Notice the use of the following elements:
- fonts, music, transitions, and background choices to fit the theme
- colors with meaning
- the consistent hat theme for reinforcement
- original simple photos, graphics, and video
- reinforcement techniques in presenting labels and text graphics
- use of casual tone, friendly, humorous voice work
Throughout the video, I strove to keep things very simple so the viewer could interpret and apply the theme to their own world. My own methods vary greatly. I might collect information commuting on a train, organize sources in Google Suite, visualize in PowerPoint or Visio, and wake up to capture bright ideas at 2:00 am in my phone. Those methods work for me. With this simple paper theme, the method should become less relevant. Each viewer can find their own way to apply the concepts.