506 – White space

This weeks image deals with the concept of white space and symmetry. Positioning graphics and text for maximum impact must consider the empty space as well. “Space can direct the eye to important information by chinking and separating instructional elements…”(Lohr, 2011). Space can also work against a designer; if not carefully planned space can trap the viewers eye in an area of negative space that detracts from the direction of the image. This week it has become clear that space can be used to clarify text quickly, can influence a viewers perception of time and contributes to an images sense of symmetry. My image this week outlines the requirements of the e-portfolio students must prepare for their final assessment.

The image provides the essential criteria for the e-portfolio surrounded by a graphic which represents an electronic portfolio. I used careful alignments, colour, contrast and white/grey space to maximize impact.


Lohr, L. L. (2003). Creating graphics for learning and performance: Lessons in visual literacy. Prentice Hall Press

“Folder” image source:http://tinyurl.com/cwqv67e (Retrieved November 8, 2011)



This weeks assignment was to create an image using concepts of colour and depth to enhance instruction and learning. I choose to create an image that would help learners in my unit of instruction identify some risk factors when choosing a KIVA loan candidate. The topic deals with making a financial decision, therefore I choose to base the concept of the image around a financial data chart. When working with colour it is clear that choices must be made carefully and can be inspired based on the colour wheel, or from nature, art, or from a template of complimentary colour. Colour can also be chose for a psychological impact. I choose to use a bold font in red to grad the viewers attention and to signify the importance of the decision involved with the process of risk analysis. The red indicator line in the image also is symbolic of importance. I used white space and black icons, which represent three factors in doing risk analysis, to contrast the red. It was interesting to note in the reading this week how colour can influence decision making and selection and also can be used to signify importance. Again Emphasized in this weeks reading was the using space in a positive way to de-clutter and image and emphasize particular elements.


Lohr, L. L. (2003). Creating graphics for learning and performance: Lessons in visual literacy. Prentice Hall Press

“man” image source:http://tinyurl.com/3r7fjae (Retrieved October 22, 2011)

“bank” image source:http://tinyurl.com/3mw3z5c (Retrieved October 22, 2011)

“Africa” image source:http://www.flickr.com/photos/theartguy/2444535728/(Retrieved October 22, 2011)

506 – Selection

This weeks image uses concepts from the reading that deal with enhancing selection for the learner. The image I created uses a plain white background and a grey world map, which minimizes distraction to the viewer and forces the eye to the figure; the process of micro-financing. I also used colour to coordinate and combine images in the mind of the reader. I have mentioned in previous posts how it has been interesting finding theory behind designing images that for some people are intuitive. I think before reading this chapter I have unconsciously used this concepts of minimizing distraction and reducing cognitive load in most of my images thus far. I tend to subscribe to the “less is more” school of thought, and usually try to reduce much of my work down to what is truly needed; not just in graphic design, but also in my teaching and writing. In designing instruction I carefully consider each element to make sure it is integral to the overall objects…if in doubt leave it out! This is a difficult concept for early writers who like to throw as much information at a topic as possible in a desperate attempt to cover the topic.

This is my favorite image I have designed in this course so far. Out of all of them, I think this one is the most effective in its simplicity, colour design and message.


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