10 Reasons to Use Illustrations Instead of Stock Photography in Learning

The grinning woman eating a salad; the perfectly multicultural meeting; the man with a headset: these are the standards for stock photography. And while it definitely has its place, stock photography isn’t the gold standard when it comes to learning. What may work for an anonymous website doesn’t have the same impact when you’re trying to get learners to sit up and pay attention. But illustrations might.

In most cases, illustrations are the superior choice. They aren’t just for kids anymore. Animation and illustration are far more versatile when compared to the sometimes-stiff, always impersonal stock photo. Here are some other reasons why you should ditch the pics and go for something more engaging.

1. Remove unconscious bias

Whether or not we like to admit it, we all have biases towards different situations and types of people. Photography puts real people in front of learners, and their own unconscious biases could affect the connection (or lack thereof) they feel. Using animation, you take away the personal bias so that users can focus on the content.

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