Increasing user Experience through the use of Visual Content
Visual presentation of information has been increasingly used in various ways to pass information to people. For instance, a driver learns about various roads signs and they usually help him to make the best traffic decisions while he is behind the wheel. There are other various instances when a message is usually passed through visual presentation.
This is because visual information and arts are easy to read and comprehend in little time than published word content. A person is likely to watch a video about a certain process and comprehend more easily than reading the whole procedure bit by bit. The ability to see gives an audience the power to visualize and step by step capture some elements of the topic under discussion in a broader picture.
By seeing, a person can observe some salient features of a presentation such as bodily movements & language, a sense of humor intended or a demonstration of the process being explained hence one is at a better position to have a clear understanding for the content. Moreover, visual components usually attract more attention than other content because they can easily deter an audience’s attention from wandering to other things.
We all learn about drawing while we are kids. Actually all kids learn about visual components and especially drawing because it helps them to visualize things and encourages them to pay attention, develop reasoning skills and eventually learn other things in life.
Creating Visual Information is a Skill which can be Learned
I too started drawing back when I was a kid. I derived pleasure from drawing and although my parents believed that I didn’t possess the talent of drawing, I kept practicing and eventually mastered the skill. While in high school, I usually was the cartoonist who would develop various images for the school magazines and in several occasions, I received accolades and awards from the school administration for my artistic work.
However, it was after high school when I realized the importance of drawing. At that time, I had been contracted by a local agency to create some caricature for a video game that they agency was creating. Although I had access to various DIY design tools, the task wasn’t an easy one and took me relatively much time than I had initially thought. After my work was over and got paid, I never heard much from the agency until about three months later when they released the video game. It initially became a hit and most of the complements went to the creative designs of the caricatures and the game environment.
The video game got featured in various local magazines with much praises to the efforts that had been invested in the graphics and soon it got me thinking that graphic design was my destiny. That’s when I decided to learn more about creative designs and the use of various tools in achieving various tasks that I loved. This eventually enabled me to become more creative and to hone my skills in drawing.
Of course not many people know how to draw. Not that drawing can’t be learned, but many people out there believe that the ability to draw is an in-born gift which one should possess in order to be a good artisan. However, that is a false alarm drawing can be learned just like any other skills. However, it takes much practice, time and creativity to hone the skills. One can easily learn about drawing by using various design tools such as Photoshop, PageMaker, Illustrator, FrameMaker etc and still become good at creating visual info.
Increasing User Engagement by the use of Visual Graphics in Electronic Publishing
There is a reason why you need to appreciate the use and importance of visual information as part of your presentation of information. If you look at how electronic sharing of content today has shaped the way messages are passed from one person to another, you will discover that much of the content which is usually interactive and shareable comprises of visual content. For instance on a blog, or a video in social media is more easily to be shared than plain typed content.
This can be the reason behind the rapid growth of social media sites which primarily are used to distribute visual information such as Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter etc. however, there is need to create visual content which is awesome in the sense that it is interactive – it can be humorous, educative or emotional, provided it carries the desired message. Such content will easily attract massive interactive and user engagements and is more likely to generate more audience especially through sharing.
That being said, we also need to embed such visual information in our websites and blogs. The good thing with technology is that it enables all that to be easily embedded and also shared. By using such content on a website, your audience can easily get the information and share it on various platforms and social media sites.
However, when embedding the publishing visual information on a website, a lot of care needs to be taken into consideration to ensure that the information does not slow down the loading of a web page nor make it look cluttered. The web pages must remain neat and presentable as possible.