This week, I’m writing about my Articulate Challenge of the Week submission: Using Black and White in Course Design
Monochromatic Color Schemes
Although the challenge has completed and the recaps are posted on their website, I still wanted to see what I could come up with. One of the things we need to do when designing content for our clients is to select a color scheme. There are literally hundreds of websites out there that talk about the color wheel and how to pick complementary colors so I’ll leave that for another day. In this challenge, the goal was to design a short module or interaction using only shades of black. This monochromatic color scheme is pretty hard to mess up but it’s also hard not to want to add a little emphasis color somewhere!
Although the suffix “mono” means one, you’re not restricted to using one shade of color but instead, you can create a monochromatic color palette by choosing a base color plus any number of variations of the base as shown in the image from Articulate’s blog post. In the image, you can see different tints which represent the base color lightened by white. A monochromatic palette could also be created by using shades (base color + darkened with black) and tones (base color + white).
Why Use a One-Color Palette?
There are a variety of reasons why using a single color palette makes sense. It provides a very cohesive look to your course design making it look clean and organized. Elements and graphics in your design just look like they go together! It also saves a ton of time trying to find the “perfect” color scheme leaving you more time to find that “perfect” font combination. As Sara Hyndman says in her article, “Why Fonts Matter, and how they impact your mood,” typography might just help you date, solve obesity and impact your mood!
As some of you know, photography is my hobby. I love to take photos of landscapes, wildlife and explore the world around me. One of my favorite quotes actually comes from the world-renown photographer Ansel Adams.
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
This quote served as my jumping off point for the design of this demo. From there, I selected several photographs I’ve taken over time and created a simple black and white photo gallery. I used Goudy Old Style for my font. This old-style serif typeface, originally created in 1915, seemed to complement the black and white photographs. I also created a simple “loading image” effect from within Articulate Storyline 360 and included a single title for each image that reflected how I wanted you to see each photo. Each image was taken by me personally; therefore, I added my own watermark.
I hope you enjoy this sample demo!