Making Good Multimedia Design
Perhaps by identifying design skills that seem important to me, I can initiate a dialogue. Regardless of title or role, multimedia and Web page designers in general are likely pursuing similar design skills. What I'm curious to learn is the range of design skills IICS members believe we need to create good multimedia.
To begin, I will describe instructional design and instructional design skills in more detail, then couple these with design skills I believe all multimedia designers should cultivate.
WHAT IS INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN?
Instructional design enjoys membership within a broad discipline called human performance technology. As its name suggests, human performance technology is all about influencing human behavior and accomplishment. Practitioners focus on the wide range of solutions we can use in schools, businesses, museums and other environments to enhance human performance.
Instructional designers focus primarily, but not exclusively, on finding instructional solutions for performance needs. Instructional design training enables the practitioner to recognize the corresponding relationship between learning and good design; it offers information design skills, practical media experience and an understanding of learning theory. As a result, instructional designers can make strong contributions to a design team by identifying effective methods for organizing and presenting information and determining whether instruction calls for people, paper, video, exhibits and/or computers. Most importantly, good designers can potentially create truly innovative designs as they pursue the larger purpose of how we create knowledge and make meaning for ourselves.
In sharing the ultimate goal of improving human performance, there is some common interest between instructional design, graphic design, industrial design, architecture, ergonomics, interface design, and psychology.
Practitioners work with specific problems and audiences to improve the relationship between people s needs and their settings. By settings, I mean the instructional sequences, images, equipment, physical or cultural spaces that when designed well, can enhance our knowledge and improve our performance.
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN SKILLS
When included as part of a multimedia development team, instructional designers can: