Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Do Not Follow Links to eCampus

Always type https://ecampus.wvu.edu into the browser address bar yourself. This will avoid attacks that redirect you to a fake website in order to steal your username, password, or other information. An example of such an attack (known as spear phishing) can be seen in the image below. Notice that the web page looks like an exact replica of the new eCampus website, but the address is on a completely different server.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Clever ideas for skipping bullet point objectives

We're always looking for new ways to engage learners early on in a course. The folks at Articulate have presented some intriguing ideas for presenting learning objectives in ways that eliminate the boring bullet point list.

Here's a really short list of bullet points of the examples they demonstrate is their blog post:
  • Create Learning Objectives That Challenge the Learner
  • Add Meaningful Emotional Impact to Your Learning Objectives
Now, go see how they did it here...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Animated GIFS Showing How Things Are Made.

More expressive and than a still image and smaller and easier to view than a video; This link shows one of the best uses of animated GIFS I've seen.

13 Free Script Fonts

Free and elegant looking scripts for download!

20 Free Business Card PSD Mock Up Templates

These are some nice business card templates. Download the PSD files and customize in Photoshop.

Free Interactions Templates

Follow the link for some nice free graphics, Articulate and Edge Animate templates. There's some cool stuff of there. CLICK HERE

Charts & Graphs Inspiration

These aren't your typical charts and graphs. Follow the link for some awesome and inspiring ways to visualize your data.

Choosing the Right Font

A fantastic beginner's guide to typography on the web!

Nice Flowchart Examples

A series of how-to's on genre movie making organized in a flowchart format. These are a great reference for simple clean design that's inviting to read.
See the rest here!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Delightfully Overactive Imagination Manifests Illustrations on Photographs

"Johan Thörnqvist has created a series of playful illustrations that speak to imaginary worlds and alternate realities. Starting with cell phone photographs as a background landscape, Thörnqvist then adds delightful character drawings. They give insight as to what this Swedish illustrator sees as he walks through his days."

See all the awesome illustrations here: http://www.designfaves.com/2014/03/delightfully-overactive-imagination-manifests-illustrations-photographs

Where Do These Symbols Come From?

"Have you ever wondered where various symbols we see every day in various UIs come from? Origins of Common UI Symbols explains it all, including the symbols for power, command, Bluetooth, USB, sleep, and many more. It's both interesting and visually appealing."

Click through here: https://readymag.com/shuffle/ui-symbols/


"Patatap features an interactive multi-media design that changes when you press various keys, A to Z or the spacebar. There are both audio and visual effects on the site, controlled entirely by you. Change background colors by pressing the spacebar, and trigger various shapes, sounds, and animations with other keys."

Try this cool feature out right here: http://www.patatap.com

What Comes After Flat Design?

"We've been living with flat design for awhile now, and many in the design community are wondering what comes next. Post Flat Design discusses that very question, and the fact that the "end of flat design" is already being discussed (while many are just starting to embrace it). It also gives some insight into where flat design originated, as a key to where it might be going."

Read the article here: http://blog.collectiveray.com/post/82108622609/post-flat

Ultimate 75th - A Marvel Retrospective

For all you Marvel comic fans out there, this year (2014) marks the 75th year of Marvel comics. This site is basically a huge interactive infographic dating all the way back to 1939.

Click here to start the experience: http://www.ultimate75th.com

Improve the Payment Experience with Animations

"It’s easy to see how designing forms can be seen as a chore that detracts from the time that could be spent on more exciting parts. Yet, if you think about it, the payment form is part of the checkout flow, the point at which a user is on the verge of committing to trusting you and your business with their vote of confidence. This experience should really be as great as possible, and using animations correctly can really improve this experience."

Layered Type

This is a very interesting article about layered type over the years. In this blog, Terrance Weinzierl discusses the subject.

"Terrance Weinzierl is a type designer at Monotype who has recently completed an award-winning layered custom typeface in this style for Domino's Pizza, called Pizza Press."

Captain Icon

Need a set of web icons for free? Captain Icon has 350+ vector icons to use for your course, design project or web page to scale at any size without losing any quality. There are different categories such as: Design, sports, social, office and more. The download also comes with different formats other than vector such as PNG, PSD, EPS, SVG and web font.

Download the zip here: http://mariodelvalle.github.io/CaptainIconWeb/

A Collaborative Post-it Animation

An inspiring animation by 15 different artists using only black pen and yellow sticky notes to describe their average day.
Yellow Sticky Notes

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

WVU Faculty: Join us this Week to Celebrate!

celebrate_hpBtnWVU’s Teaching and Learning Commons is working with the Provost’s Office to host an event this week for WVU Faculty. The event is called “Celebrate”! It is a fair filled with workshops, webinars, information booths, vendors, and resources of many types! Drop in to the WVU Mountain Lair tomorrow!

As part of the Teaching and Learning Commons, the iDesign staff will be on hand, giving presentations, manning information tables, and answering questions. We look forward to seeing you there!