Infographics are a great way to to visually represent data and other information. They quickly convey content with just a few words using graphics that are relevant and meaningful. Because of this, infographics are a great source of inspiration for how you can present information and content.
Recently I was looking at some examples of infographics and decided to experiment with combining their visual style with the animation capabilities of Storyline. In my opinion, taking the time to practice bringing infographics to life with Articulate Storyline is a good way to sharpen your e-learning development skills.
The original infographic that I chose to use for my sample project was created by DeVry and is titled, “Cloud Computing: Fact or Fiction”. Click HERE to see the original full graphic.
Come Up With A Game Plan
Before you begin building out your project in Storyline, carefully examine the infographic. Infographics are normally one very long image, so look at the content and decide how you want to section out and chunk the content into pages in your project. Next, look at the images and diagrams used in the infographic and determine which ones might make good interactions. For example, in the infographic that I chose, there is an image of a cloud surrounded by a set of percentages and some text as shown below:
When looking at this image, the first thing that came to mind was to make each of the circular areas that contain the percentages into buttons. I then decided that when each button is rolled over, the associated text will slowly fade into view in the center of the cloud. I also decided that the dotted lines should be animated and slowly appear to connect to the cloud. You can see the published example of this at the end of this post.
Use Animations That Make Sense
You might be thinking to yourself, what does, “Use animations that make sense” mean? Essentially, you should look at the images and use animations in Storyline to give them motion that is appropriate. For example, in the infographic I chose, I animated the clouds by having them “float” in slowly onto the screen by using the “Fly In” animation option. I also enhanced the effect by animating the items on the stage at different speeds. For the bar graphs, I used animations to give them the illusion that they were slowing “Filling” up a bar. When using animations, you should always make sure that the animations are in context with the given subject matter.
Too Much Of A Good Thing
I normally try not to go crazy with animations when I develop my content, but in a project like this, the use of multiple animations is fitting. It helps add emphasis to the content, and the animations as I mentioned previously make sense where they are used and help to bring the graphics to life.
Practice Makes Perfect
There may not be a real practical use for converting an infographic into an Articulate Storyline project, but it will help you learn some techniques that you can definitely use in your future projects. At minimum, it can show you how to appropriately use animations and how to visualize different ways to present content and interactions. If you decide to work on your own Storyline infographic project, I’d love to see it. Shoot me a link in an email or post the link below in the comments. You can see my final project HERE and you can visit this website to find some cool infographics.