This is the third and final post in our series of comprehensive guides to creating top-quality content. Our Glogpedia editors have found some great resources lately, incorporating our recent tips on content and layout, and we’re looking forward to seeing plenty more in the coming weeks!
By now, you should have gathered some great multimedia content, and arranged it in an easy-to-follow format. In a way, you’ve already created a fully functional glog, built to inform and inspire. Without instant visual appeal, however, readers won’t give it a second look! We are all guilty of judging books by their covers, so why should online resources be any different? What you need now is some subtle touches to visually tie your glog together, giving an instant overall impression of something polished, professional and well thought-through.
The theme of your glog may seem obvious – a glog on lions, for example, should be lion-themed. In actuality, the idea goes a little further: the theme of your glog is what pulls all the elements together and makes them look like they belong. The theme of your glog influences its fonts, colour schemes, graphics and background – those extra touches that make all the difference. As with many aspects of design, less is more when it comes to creating a theme. Rather than saturating a glog about Ancient Egypt with relevant graphics, consider creating more of a general feeling: a papyrus-effect background and scratchy-looking font along with two or three warm, sandy colours repeated throughout will give an instant idea of the glog’s contents while allowing the media to take centre stage. For no-hassle thematic starting points, check out our pre-designed templates.
Your colour scheme is perhaps the most important aspect of your glog’s theme. Bearing colour in mind from the very beginning of your design process can make quite a difference to the overall effect of the resulting piece – while primary colours are ideal for younger learners and vibrant greens, oranges and pinks give a fresh and friendly feel, more muted tones can offer a feeling of academic gravitas, letting the content speak for itself. As with all web design, it is wise to use two or three colours consistently rather than bombarding your glog with different shades – consider a neutral colour for a background, a darker shade for text, and a highlighting shade to give a vibrant burst. For some ideas of shades that work well together online, check out this guide to basic colour schemes.
Our graphic library contains over 10,000 educational stickers, frames, media players, backgrounds and text boxes. What’s more, they are categorized according to topic, and grouped according to their design. The good news is, this makes sticking to your theme all the easier, safe in the knowledge that your text boxes and frames are made to match your background perfectly in terms of colour, texture and art style. The only bad news is, you have to know when to stop! As tempting as it is to use our entire range of animal graphics on a single glog, using too many bold images together can quickly confound the information that they’re meant to support. Instead, choose two or three ‘statement’ pieces to compliment your media. For the more ambitious designers amongst you, you can even change the colours of graphics to better match your theme – simply select the element and click on the paint palette icon to experiment with different shades.
Now you and your learners have all the basics to create the ultimate Glogpedia-worthy glog. Not only can you find truly relevant information and media, but you can present it in a way that will make learners want to know more from the moment they first see it. We can’t wait to see your final results, so why not share them with us on Twitter or Facebook? For more tips on creating the ultimate glog, including lesson planning and working to our rubrics, check out our Glogster School and sign up for an online course and Glogster certification!