Friday Finds | October 13, 2017

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First Impressions Matter: How Designers Can Support Humans’ Automatic Cognitive Processing

This article by Therese Fessenden of the Norman Nielson Group, explores how the first visceral reaction to a site’s design influence how users perceive relevance, credibility, and even usability. By incorporating this knowledge throughout the design process, designers can make more effective products.

In short, whether you admit it or not you do judge books by the cover. It is just what our lizard brains do.

A Plea for Nuanced Conversations to Improve L&D Practices

Yet another gem from Mirjam Neelen on improving L&D practices. If you are not already subscribed to this blog, stop what you doing right now and go do it. Yes, now…I’ll wait until you’re back to continue.

“Successful training is not a one-time event but an iterative process that considers the elements leading up to training as well as important factors after training”

Disruption Debate: Be open with change

In Modern Workplace Learning Magazine (another one you should subscribe to), Jane Hart talks with Lars Hyland talks about the different types of L&D professionals and how our field is changing.

Which type of L&D pro are you? The type that wants to change things, just wants to keep up or a 3rd possibility suggested by Jo Cook – the type who doesn’t even want to keep up?

13 Fantastic Places to Find Background Music for Video

Some experts say that we may be in the “age of video marketing on social media” and data is showing that video content is going strong. This article by Buffer’s Brian Peters gives you a jump on where to find good background music for your design projects.

Find Your Slides & Office Files Faster By Saving a Preview Image

How to show a preview image for Powerpoint & Office files

This super simple insider’s tip can help you find the files you’re looking for a whole lot faster. A simple checkbox enables a preview picture of your PowerPoint or other Office files so you can get a glimpse of what is in them without having to open them up. Think visual gallery vs card catalog.


Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

One thought on “Friday Finds | October 13, 2017

  1. Mike,

    Therese Fessenden mentioned, “Use personas to represent these user types. Understand the mindsets and attitudes of various audiences, identify their primary goals and how they might try to accomplish them” (Fessenden, 2017). In System 1, users are focused on involuntary responses and first reactions. When creating instructional design, how do you account for these “quick hits” or interactions with the learners? Fessenden mentioned using no more than 4 colors when designing your presentation. I was initially drawn to your page for the usage of bright visuals and I wonder if you disagree with Fessenden on color usage? Can you also elaborate on your usage of visuals? Thanks!



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