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Tips for Choosing Fonts in ELearning Design

Written By Navyatha Bodanapu

Tips For Choosing Fonts In ELearning Design

In an E-Learning course, every element has its own importance. In this list of elements, one of the main elements is the usage of fonts in the course. The fonts we use for presentations are different from the ones we use for printed materials which differ from the fonts we use in eLearning courses. Do you know which fonts can be used to make the eLearning course appealing to all learners?

I’ve been experimenting with various kinds of fonts and here I would like to share a few guidelines about how you can choose your fonts, while designing an eLearning course.

Choose fonts wisely: You need to choose your fonts wisely and so, you need to think of the type of training and target audience. Follow the basic writing principles of conciseness, clarity, and accuracy. Employ conversational or informal fonts until and unless the client specifies the need for formal fonts.

Don’t compromise on the legibility of the text for an aesthetic look: Creating an eLearning course is not equivalent to creating fine art, though both require creative skills. Don’t consider any font that is not legible, though it looks aesthetically pleasing. After all, the goal is that it should be read!

For example, “Edwardian Script ITC” has good aesthetic look but is illegible while fonts such as “Verdana”, “Times New Roman” etc. are legible.

Select three fonts and stick to them: Do not select multiple fonts.  Select any three fonts, preferably one for the headings, one for sub-headings, and the other for the body text and try to stick to them throughout the e-learning course.

Match your font with the kind of message you want to convey: Your font should be in sync with the kind of message you want to convey. For example, when you want to present warnings, using humorous fonts would appear rather silly. Moreover, the intensity of the message you want to convey would be diluted.

For example, you can use fonts such as LilyUPC when conveying jokes.

Ensure consistency: Ensure fonts are consistent throughout the e-learning course. If there are multiple courses in a curriculum, use the same fonts in all of them. Select fonts that contrast with the background: There may be many interesting options such as fill effects, shadows, reflections, shapes, and angles. It is not necessary to use them all. Select only those fonts that are in total contrast with the background.

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We can save considerable time keeping these guidelines in mind while designing an eLearning course. I believe you are now aware of the aspects to be kept in mind while selecting fonts for  an eLearning course. More suggestions are welcome.

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