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Online Courses

Guided Lessons for Content Professionals

Tailored for Complex, Technical, and High-Value Business Content

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 InfoDev Academy is a resource for communication professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and skills. Using our proven, science-based approach, we provide online courses with guided one-on-one and group support.

The long-term vision for the InfoDev Academy is to offer online courses from various experts in topics such as:

  • Project Management
  • Taxonomy and Terminology
  • Content Strategy
  • Quality Management
  • Structured Authoring
  • And much more!

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.


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Semantic Design

Create Content People Trust and Use

Based on Proven, Science-Based Guidelines for Effective Content

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.

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A Tiny Tina Tutorial on Science-Based Design

Design Basics Simplified: The Three Design Elements

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.

Science-based design provides a fresh, simplified approach that leverages what you already know to be true, but have never noticed before, to create a solid foundation for mastering design. It turns out that all design guidelines are based on how humans see, interpret, and respond to visual stimuli. Science-based design teaches you to understand these processes so you can make effective design decisions in any situation. It empowers you to understand what works, what doesn't, and why.

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Science-Based Design

Design Guidelines Are Based on the Science of Human Perception!

Here are some tidbits for science-based design:

  • There are really only three design elements and one design principle.
  • There is no such thing as "content" versus "design" – all content includes design, and consists of three essential components: ideas, language, and design.
  • We automatically scan everything within our field of view, so that "scanable" content is not just nice – it's absolutely critical to high-quality information.
  • We naturally group what we see based on certain characteristics, such as symmetry, size, and position, and that this grouping provides meaning.
  • "Saliency" is one of the most important words you need to know as an InfoDev Pro.
  • Processing text is a lot more difficult and time-consuming than processing non-text.
  • We can switch back and forth between two completely different interpretations of what we see when what we see is ambiguous.
  • Research shows that design is significantly more important to overall user experience than either language or ideas.
  • To design effective headings, you should start by designing your body text.

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Citation: Kister, Tina M. 2020. InfoDev Academy: Coming Soon! Nanatoo Communications, LLC. Accessed . https://www.nanatoo.com/infodev-academy-wp.


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