Using Mobile Devices to Create Design Assets


Bianca Woods, Senior Manager of Programming
The eLearning Guild

Bianca Woods is Senior Manager, Programming, for The eLearning Guild and well as the founder of Clever Raptor, an L&D design studio. With degrees in both art education and education media design and technology, she has a substantial amount of interest in demystifying design and technology for others. Bianca loves designing course content and media, test driving new learning technology, and passionately arguing for the abolishment of Comic Sans. When she’s not doing instructional design you can often find her obsessing about new tech, live tweeting industry events, and searching for the perfect cupcake. If these things sound interesting to you, you should probably follow her Twitter feed @eGeeking.

Session Description:

Including media in the training you create can be a fantastic way to make your content easier to understand and remember. But you don’t always have the time and budget to hire someone to create these design assets for you, and sometimes stock media just won’t cut it. There is another option, however: creating media yourself. And you likely already have two tools that can help you out—your smartphone and tablet. By knowing more about the apps and tools that can help you create some of the media needed, and by using a device you already own, you can be more efficient and keep project budgets down.

In this session, you’ll explore apps that can help you build animated videos in under an hour, create comics without needing to draw, quickly record your own podcasts, and make people who think they can’t draw look like competent artists. You’ll also learn about the physical tools that can push your mobile devices even further.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to recognize situations where media created in an app can work for a project
  • About apps you can use to easily create images, videos, audio recordings, and more
  • About basic media design skills you’ll want to develop to push these apps even further
  • About physical tools, such as styluses and stand clips, that can help improve the content you create on mobile devices

Audience Level:

Novice, Intermediate

Technology Discussed:

iOS and Android apps such as Adobe Spark Video, Comic Life, Instagram, Retype, and Paper – as well as physical tools that can be used with these apps, such as the Jot Pro and the Pencil by FiftyThree.