As I continue to work my way through Articulate Challenges from the past, I came across this gem. The design challenge was to take an Instructional Design quote and turn it into a poster using creative typography.
Now, there are many lists that discuss the ideal qualities of an Instructional Designer. For example, Connie Malamed’s article titled, 10 Qualities of the Ideal Instructional Designer is an excellent place to start. As an Instructional Designer, I think it also important to continue to evolve and develop our creative skills. If you are looking for ideas on how to develop your own creativity, Connie also provides 5 Proven Strategies to Improve Creativity.
What does being creative mean (by the way, this question is where my idea for the poster came from)? Well, a quick search of Google comes back with the following definition:
cre·a·tive: relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
Joseph Chilton Pearce, an American author of a number of books on human development, says “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Herman Melville, an American novelist, short story writer, and author of Moby-Dick is quoted as saying, “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” It was from these quotes, that I designed the following poster using Adobe Photoshop. The fonts used were Renault MN Regular and Apex New Light. The open box symbolizes the need to “think outside of the box”.
I hope you like the simplicity of the design and the powerful message it conveys especially to those Instructional Designers out there who are working every day to defeat the evil Next button.
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