The InfoDev Academy is a resource for communication professionals seeking to develop information that is easy to find, read, use, understand, and remember, so they can help other people succeed and advance their careers.
The InfoDev Academy provides courses that integrate knowledge from across fields, genres, and media. With a focus on facilitating the success of both end users and organizations, courses provide guided lesson on effective writing, design, project management, process improvement, quality assurance, and more.
The long-term vision for the InfoDev Academy is to offer online courses from various experts in topics such as:
The InfoDev Academy's first course, due out in early 2020, is Semantic Design: A Science-Based Approach for Creating Content that Works! The course is being developed by Tina M. Kister, the founder of Nanatoo Communications.
The term “semantic design” simply refers to design that means something. While the term is most often used in the field of software development, the concept is used in all fields – industrial design, architecture, manufacturing, education, and, of course, information design.
In information development, semantic design helps readers and users understand content more quickly, more accurately, and with less effort. It makes information easier to find, read, understand, use, and remember. Semantic design is a critical component of instructional, technical, and high-value business content. It's focus is practical (rather than theoretical), and provides specific guidance for making design decision based on science – the science of how human beings naturally perceive and process visual information.
If you want to create content that is easy to find, read, use, understand, and remember, then you must become proficient in design, as well as writing. Learning design always starts with the “Design Basics,” which consist of Design Elements and Design Principles. Design Elements are the fundamental building blocks of content, and Design Principles describe the way the elements interact with one another.
Here are some tidbits for science-based design:
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