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Education and Training Graphics

The following are tools, solutions, tips, tricks, secrets, and best practices for educators and training professionals. Be sure to share this page with your colleagues so they can benefit from the information as well.

Education and Training Web Resources

Education and Training Knowledge

Education and Training Document Do-It-Yourself Resources

Trainer's Warehouse
Career One Stop
Trainers Library
The Training Registry
U.S. Department of Education
American Management Association
Education Index
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Education and Training Graphic Resources

Business Graphics Library
Stock.XCHNG (Free Picts)
PicFinder (Free Picts)
Get My Graphic
Wikipedia Public Domain Images
iStockPhoto.com
Dreamstime.com
BigStockPhoto.com
StockXpert.com
GettyImages.com
Visual Literacy Periodic Table
Visual Literacy.org

The Influence of Graphics in Education and Training
People think using pictures. Before we can talk, we learn through seeing and responding to our surroundings. Dr. Lynell Burmark, Ph.D. Associate at the Thornburg Center for Professional Development and author of several books and papers on visual literacy, asserted that ideas and concepts not associated with an image are harder to process by our long-term memory. In short, words are processed by short-term memory, and images are immediately tucked away in our long-term memory. If this assertion is correct (and many other researchers have proven so), then using visuals in education and training curricula will help your students better retain information. Consider the following:

  • 83% of what we learn is through our eyes according to a study by the United States Armed Forces
  • According to Dale Carnegie's Training, graphics allow the audience to follow at their own speed because visuals accommodate all learning styles.
  • 200% improved learning when visuals were used (University of Wisconsin study)
  • Took 40% less time to explain complex ideas (Wharton School study)
  • 38% improved retention with graphics (Harvard University study)

This does not mean that graphic communication is better than text. However, the combination of graphics and words has a communicative power that neither singularly possesses. J.R. Levin said it best in A Transfer of Appropriate Process Perspective of Pictures in Prose: "Pictures interact with text to produce levels of comprehension and memory that can exceed what is produced by text alone."

Making Education and Training Graphics
When creating educational and training graphics (or any graphic for your company or organization) consider the following:

  • What should this material communicate? (And why does it matter to your audience?)
  • Who is your audience? Would they understand technical terms or prefer an overview?
  • How do you want to say it? What form of media will best reach your audience?

The most important element when creating your materials is to tie a benefit to your audience. Solve their problem. Don't just list facts. Show them why they should care.

A few hints when creating educational or training graphics:

  • Choose photos of happy people who reflect your target audience, and, if possible, show them happily benefiting from your product.
  • Use fonts that tie into your logo, if possible. Sans Serif fonts (Arial, Helvetica) work best for headlines and Serif fonts (Times, Garamond) work best for large blocks of text. Only use flowery or over-the-top fonts in a headline and when appropriate to the message. If you're advertising a children's benefit concert, then a fun font is fine, but only in small dosages. These fonts tend to be hard to read.
  • Color increases recognition up to 78% and increases motivation up to 80%. When choosing your company colors and supporting colors for promotional materials research the meaning behind the color choice and what you want to say about your company. In most Western cultures:
    • Red = empowering, bold
    • Orange = warmth, happiness
    • Yellow = happiness, energy (excellent for highlighting)
    • Green = balance, refreshing (usually makes a good secondary color)
    • Blue = relaxing, cool (usually the safest/most appealing color to use for business graphic color schemes)
    • Violet = comforting
    • White = pure, associated with cleanliness
    • Black = authoritative, shows discipline

Seven Rules for Making Educational and Training Graphics

  1. All graphics should play a specific role and have a reason for being chosen and incorporated. Your logo should reflect or communicate the essence of your company's products and/or services.
  2. Stay consistent. Create a graphics standard for all sales and marketing materials. Colors, paper choices, logos, and photo and font styles should be similar in any customer facing materials. To build a brand identity, you need to have consistency in your marketing materials.
  3. Show or say it correctly. Don't try to be original.
  4. Keep it clean and simple. Too much visual clutter can be overwhelming and lose the primary objective of your message.
  5. Label elements directly to avoid confusion. This rule is especially true if you are selling a new product or want to highlight its benefits and discriminators.
  6. Use recognizable imagery. Hearing a familiar voice or seeing a familiar face evokes trustworthiness in your audience. This is one reason celebrities are used in advertisements.
  7. Focus on your audience. Show your target demographic using your product/service and benefiting from it. Allow your audience to see themselves in your marketing materials and they will identify with your company.

Education and Training Graphic Solutions
You need effective educational and training materials. Unfortunately, you have very little time, money, and resources. You know you need your educational and training materials to look fantastic, hold your audience's attention, be remembered, and help them grow while showing that you are a professional and and extraordinary teacher. You know you need high-quality, powerful graphics. What do you do? Great news, you have a choice:

1. Do-it-yourself compelling graphics guide
2. Ready-to-go graphics on DVD
3. PowerPoint templates
4. Education and training graphic how-to training
5. Fast Class seminars (1 hour quick classes)
6. Business graphic library (information graphics to inspire your creativity)

Education and training professionals use Billion Dollar Graphics solutions to conceptualize clear, communicative, compelling visuals that, according to independent research, increase their success rates up to 43%.

Don’t waste anymore of your energy, money, and time making educational and training materials that don't work. Help your audience better absorb your solutions, concepts, data, processes, and ideas. Influence and motivate your audience to take action. Use the book and learn to quickly communicate your ideas effectively. (Learn more about the book.)

Get Do-It-Yourself Billion Dollar Graphics: 3 Fast and Easy Steps to Turn Your Text and Ideas Into Graphics That Sell for your company (includes a Virtual CD with templates and graphics to get you and your team started) and succeed where others fail.

You also have PowerPoint templates at your disposal with Billion Dollar Graphics' Spectacular PowerPoint templates. You get 125 (plus hundreds of color variations) unique, high-quality professional PowerPoint templates for only $39.95 on the new Billion Dollar Graphics Spectacular PowerPoint Template DVD. Make an impression with new, high-end, unique PowerPoint templates. Your next presentation will leave a positive impact because you tailored your template to your audience and your subject matter. (Learn more about the PowerPoint templates DVD.)

Kick start or add to your existing graphics library. The Billion Dollar Graphics Master Collection DVD contains 111 editable graphics (+ free Book + Virtual CD + 41 bonus graphics + more) for Illustrator and Photoshop CS2 or better for Mac and PC.

All graphics are professionally conceptualized and rendered at print resolution. (Learn more about the DVD.)

Our graphics training/workshops will show you how to use visual communication to achieve your goals. The training is applicable to anyone who needs to communicate information to educate. Visual communication training will help you and your company succeed. The same process that makes a successful sales graphic also makes a powerful educational or training graphic. Why? Because the solution we share is tailored to your audience's needs. We show you how to use basic psychological factors to up absorption and retention rates. The same need is required for all visuals with a goal. (Learn more about the Training and Workshops.)

Custom Solutions for Education and Training Professionals
Your challenges are unique. Perhaps your goal is to increase the quality of your visuals or analyze your existing process and develop a better system for generating clear, communicative, compelling graphics. Allow Billion Dollar Graphics to be of service. We are available for consultation. (Learn more about custom solutions.)

Design Services with 24 Hour Company
Billion Dollar Graphics and 24 Hour Company work together to provide:

  • Information graphic production (conceptualization and rendering)
  • Desktop publishing and layout
  • Editing

(Learn more about 24 Hour Company.)


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