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Using Isometric Graphics in E-Learning

Add "graphic design" to the list of skills I did not know I needed when I first started out as an Instructional Designer. Luckily I have a background in social media marketing and I know where to find a lot of resources for NON-designers (thank heavens for Canva!).

Isometric Illustrations are popular amongst designers and non-designers alike. They are created using 3D geometry that has 3 distinct geometric plane structures, and reveal facets of the environment that would not be visible from a top-down perspective or side view, thereby producing a three-dimensional effect. A lot of website graphics, and even your most beloved mobile games, are built on isometric planes.

These graphics can be a compelling way to disseminate information in your e-learning course. Add an isometric graphic to slides, infographics, websites, or anywhere else you use 2D graphics to communicate an idea. Google and Dribbble both have plenty of inspiration for isometric illustrations.

If you want to design a custom isometric, you can ask a graphic designer to deliver - or you can use SAASs like Icograms to create your own. Icograms is an online graphic editor where you can create beautiful 3d maps, infographics, and diagrams from isometric icons.

You can use Icograms' warehouse template in a supply chain course, or a city template in a gamified course. There are a lot of possibilities with these illustrations. You could animate the individual pieces of the illustration, and keep it a static graphic.

I recently used an isometric illustration as an anchor slide for a proposal process course with 8 sections. Learners returned to the slide upon completion of each lesson.

There are many ways to play around with this style of illustration, and now novice and non-designers can utilize them, too. How will you use isometric illustrations in your future courses?

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