Adding colour to be even more engaging

by Penny on 9th October 2014

If you need to present, train or facilitate groups, then this video series is for you.

These two videos explore how you can bring black and white visuals to life with a touch of colour, using different styles and techniques, giving you a taster of what you would learn in our upcoming Graphics Made Easy online programme.

Here’s a visual outline of the upcoming Graphics Made Easy online programme:
An outline of the Graphics Made Easy online programme

This next video shows how to bring a black and white, pre-prepared template to life with colour:

So, please let me know what you think/feel below! How will the contents of the online programme help you to develop your skills? Please join in the discussion and comment below.

Just in case you missed the first video, you can see it here, along with a lively discussion from around the world.

If you’ve come to this page and haven’t come across Graphics Made Easy before, you might like to register here for more useful tips!

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Penny October 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Please do add in your comments and ask any questions you have about the online programme in the box below.

Brian Harris October 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Thank you for the second session.

The impact of colour made a huge difference.

The tip of using RED as a colour was interesting. One thing, is it true that Green and Red are seen as the same to people who are colour blind?

Should these be avoided together?

The short first 3 minute clip has already been used by me at a meeting with 17 people this morning, now I know that the addition of colour would have made more impact.

Thanks again and look forward to clip number three.

Brian Harris

Penny October 9, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Thanks Brian – yes, colour is like magic isn’t it? But there are some pitfalls around the use of colour just as you suggest. Colour blindness of the red-green variety is fairly common in men, so we do need to take precautions in some circumstances. No, we don’t need to avoid red and green altogether, just be careful sometimes. I’ll go into much more around the use of colour and which colours go together best and why in the online programme.

I’m delighted you have used these ideas already and will add in even more next time! They do add engagement and also a sense of heightened creativity and innovation, don’t they?

Nancy Settle-Murphy October 10, 2014 at 11:15 am

Hi Penny, Well done! I would add that red, pink and orange are best avoided for text, as they tend to be very difficult to read from a distance. They’re great for coloring in, underlines and accents, though!

Lucy Child October 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Hi Penny,
I have been using graphics since attending a course with Vanessa last year and I am now looking forward to finding out how I can use them digitally. This is great having a refresher.
I can confirm that using graphics changes the impact of my courses greatly – always getting really positive feedback and comments from my groups. It has changed the way I train!

Rokon October 12, 2014 at 5:27 am

Its a good idea and initiative. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the next one

Heather Sears October 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

Great improvement in the presentation of the video!

Penny October 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

Hi everyone – thanks for all the input and comments!

Nancy – yes, you’re right. I’d add light green and yellow, which is almost invisible, to your list. Of course there are advantages to having things that are almost invisible from far away that we’ll go through on the course.

Lucy – thanks for sharing your experience of graphics training with Vanessa! It’s good to hear from participants about how it has changed their courses and added impact. Really positive feedback is great – well done in applying what you learnt.

Rokon – glad you are enjoying it. The next and final taster will be later this week.

Heather – glad you liked it! It’s very helpful having useful feedback from people to be able to adjust to what works best.

Liz Ford October 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I loved the outdoor setting, a great improvement on the blandness of the first video. Seeing the difference that just a little colour makes was powerful, especially seeing it done. I’d have liked the camera to zoom in as you did that but realise that would mean having someone else to film. Your voice over as you filled in the pre-prepared template was really good. I’d just suggest that you didn’t talk to camera as well when you do this. I can see me using digital versions of my drawings a great deal as I have very little in-room prep time in some of the work I do. I’d be very interested in learning more about that.

Rokon October 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

Sorry for delay response.
It will be good for me

Thank you


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