Tips for Choosing Fonts in ELearning Design

Tips For Choosing Fonts In ELearning Design

Do you know that the font we use for designing an eLearning course really matters a lot? The font we use for presentations is different from the one’s we use for printed materials and this again differs from the font we use in designing eLearning courses. What fonts can we use for making the eLearning course appealing to all learners?

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

Choose fonts wisely: Choose fonts keeping in mind the type of course and the target audience. Follow the basic writing principles with conciseness, clarity and accuracy. Employ conversational, or informal kind of fonts until and unless the client specifies the need for the formal instincts in the course.

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

For example “Edwardian Script ITC” has good aesthetic look but not legible while fonts like “Verdana”, “Times New Roman” etc are legible.

Select three precise fonts and stick to them: Do not select multiple font sizes. Select any three precise fonts, preferably one for heading, one for sub-heading and the other for text body and try to stick to them throughout the course.

Match your font with the kind of message you want to convey: Your font size 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 rather appear silly. Moreover, the intensity of the message you want to convey would be lessened.

For example: you can use fonts like LilyUPC when you are conveying jokes.

Ensure consistency: Ensure that the fonts are consistent throughout the course. Even if there are multiple courses under the same category, use the same fonts for all the courses.

Select fonts in contrast with the background: There may be many interesting options like 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.

We keep wavering between thoughts for choosing the right font for the eLearning course. We can save considerable amount of time by keeping these guidelines in mind, while designing an eLearning course. I believe by now you are sufficiently aware of the aspects to be kept in mind while designing an eLearning course. More suggestions are welcome.

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Written By Navyatha Bodanapu

Navyatha Bodanapu, Research Analyst - Authoring Tools

Tags: elearnign design, user interface design principles
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