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Learning design from Denmark

One of Denmark’s most famous exports is ‘design’. The Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s most famous buildings, was designed by a Dane: Jørn Utzon. Closer to home, if you have a Bang and Olufsen stereo, then that’s Danish. Or perhaps you have a cafetiere from Danish company Bodum? And if you don’t drink coffee, you may at least have a pedal bin in your kitchen – yes, that was a design exported from Denmark too.

So, on a weekend break to the Capital, Copenhagen, I was delighted when my tourist guide mobile app directed me to the City’s Danish Design Centre. Here I was reminded of what makes good design and it really struck a chord. After all, many of the same principles apply whatever you are designing, be it a building, a stereo, a drinking vessel, a pedal bin, or even elearning!

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Here are four of the principles described at the design centre and used by Epic all the time.

Good design is user-oriented – A principle employed by our learning consultants when first creating an elearning design solution.

Good design is intuitive – A principle employed by our instructional design team when creating the learning flow and navigation.

Good design is aesthetic – A principle employed by our Art Directors when creating a ‘look and feel’.

Good design is functional – A principle employed by our developers when writing the code to make the interactions work.

Recently, Epic have applied all four of these principles to an elearning solution which offers Share-point systems training – it’s for the Danish company, Maersk. If we can impress them with our elearning, we have surely got this design thing cracked!

This post was written by Emily Edmonds and first appeared on the Epic blog on 15th November 2010.