I’ve been an Instructional Designer for many years now. I’ll admit we are an imperfect profession. After all, design lives in the space where there is no formulaic answer. And Instructional Designers work with the unknown and the unfamiliar on a daily basis. I think I, and every ID I’ve known, has had that bogeyman image of the kind of ID they didn’t want to be when they grew up!

These bogeymen haunt us and every time we catch a glimpse of their shadow in a project, no matter how experienced we are, we turn pale and hope like hell that that wasn’t a reflection we just saw! What scares an ID you ask? Well, these are my bogeymen…

8. The Oatmeal ID

Starting the list off gently, this designer is not really that bad. They’re just... stolid. Unexciting. Eminently forgettable. You get exactly what you might expect, nothing very earthshaking or awful. You wanted an application training? This is the designer who proposes show-try-test simulations. If instructional design had a color in the course, this designer’s choices would undoubtedly be beige.

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