Monthly Archives: July 2012

Control Consistency in Image Design

You know about CRAP, right? Good elearning design incorporates these elements: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity.

Did you know that Microsoft® can actually give you a hand here – with the repetition part? Consistency, or repetition in styles, is an important “eLement of eLearning.” And styles isn’t just about fonts and headings, it’s also about images.

Recently there was a discussion in the Articulate® Community Forums about finding and using style numbers at the Microsoft® Office Clip Art and Media site. These style numbers can help you choose images with a consistent design style. Watch this video to find out how.

Note: Microsoft and Office are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

It Could Happen to You: Inadvertent Copyright Infringement

gavelI’ve posted before (5/31/12) on the need to be mindful of copyright and fair use when using material created by others. I was reminded of this again via a tweet I came across by @PublishingGuru Jason Rutherford (via @passivevoiceblg). The tweet linked to an excerpt from this article  by author Roni Loren Bloggers Beware: You Can Get Sued for Using Pics on Your Blog.

The title pretty much says it all. Ms. Loren inadvertently infringed on a photographer’s intellectual property. She’d posted one of his photos, found through a Google search, on her blog. Despite taking the picture down within minutes of being contacted by him, it was necessary to get lawyers involved in the situation.

view of courthouse and steps leading up to itYou can read “the rest of the story” here, where Ms. Loren also provides some insights on Fair Use and some tips on how to find and use photos that won’t get you into legal trouble!

Oh, and if you’re curious about the photos used in this post, they’re from one of my favorite sites, morgueFile. And here’s what the permissions say about the photos used here: You are allowed to copy, distribute, transmit the work and to adapt the work. Attribution is not required. You are prohibited from using this work in a standalone manner.

Copyright and fair use: 2 important “eLements of eLearning.”