Taking hints from the eLearningUncovered eLearning Tips in 140 character or less Twitter campaign and HubSpot’s (In Under 100 Words) blog series here is my definition of a graphic (in relation to eLearning) under 100 words.
A graphic is a visual representation of a concept or process that when placed in a course provides value. A graphic can be created using design software, document creation software or a camera. Images can be purchased or found on stock photography, commons or free graphic websites. They can take the form of an image, animation or digital art. The addition of the image should help to represent/organize/rationalize/interpret/decorate/support a message/process/feeling. To provide value to a course the graphic should follow the principals of design (balance, proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast and space) and maintain a consistency through the course.
What does the graphic in this post represent/organize/rationalize/interpret/decorate/support? What is the message/process/feeling? Hint: It has nothing to do with this article. Did you find it distracting?