506 What? I Don’t Have to Be an Art Wiz to Create My Own Design Assets?

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Thursday, October 1

Instructional Design


If you work in L&D, chances are you use design assets (like photos, drawings, icons, and fonts) all the time. And if you don’t have a graphic design background, chances are you’re paying someone else to make these design assets for you. Professional designers and stock photos are fantastic resources, and ones I’d never want to get rid of, but sometimes what you need is a DIY solution that’s fast, free, or even better: both.

In this session you’ll learn about some amazing tools that will give a design boost to the skills of even the least experienced designer. Want to know what amazing drawing tool you already have on your computer? What app can magically correct your messy and scribbly drawing lines? Always wondered how some people can take amazing photos on their smart phones, but yours always look a little off? Ever wanted to create your own font in just a few minutes? This session will help you learn more about the assets you can actually create yourself, something many non-designers assume they just don’t have the ability to do.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to create your own basic drawings and icons
  • How to use a few simple tips for improving the quality of your photographs
  • How to leverage easy apps and software to create quick graphics
  • How to create your own font

Novice and intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Paper by FiftyThree, Camera+, iFontMaker, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Bianca Woods

Sr. Manager of Programming

The Learning Guild

Bianca Woods is a senior manager of programming for The Learning Guild and the founder of Clever Raptor, an L&D design studio. With degrees in both art education and education media design & technology, she's passionate about demystifying design and technology for others. She loves designing course content and media, test driving new learning technology, and taking photos of bizarre warning signs. When she's not crafting learning projects, she can often be found obsessing about new tech, live tweeting industry events, and searching for the perfect cupcake.

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