Here's How I Design eLearning With Adobe XD

| November 19, 2018

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It's been almost two years since I completely changed my design process. When I first started creating eLearning, my design process was almost non-existent. And it certainly did not focus on User Experience.When I would get an eLearning request, I would either design using PowerPoint or go straight into an eLearning authoring tool to create the first draft of a course.I really loathed working in PowerPoint to design because it felt clunky, manual, and tedious. How many hours did I waste updating slide after slide? Say I want to change a button in one place, then I would have to change it on every slide it was used on and replace it. That's not efficient, and my focus wasn't on the user. My focus was on getting all of the content into the PowerPoint because it took so long just to design in PowerPoint. On top of that, I could not view the experience as a whole. I'd only be able to view the slides in a linear fashion.When it comes down to it, eLearning UI design is really not – and should not be – that different from web design. In my frustration, I sought out a new way to design. I downloaded a free trial of a tool called Sketch, and I became hooked.Sketch allowed me to quickly create artboards with UI designs. My design time was cut in half, and the tool allowed me to spend my time iterating on my designs to better fit users.After using Sketch for some time, Adobe announced that they would be coming out with a design and prototyping tool, Adobe XD (Experience Design).






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