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Plain Language 102: Integrating Words and Images for Effective Communication

Build on your foundational knowledge from Plain Language 101 by exploring the power of visual presentation and layout.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (64 Mins)
  • Published Published
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    Choosing Visuals
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    Not a Graphic Designer?
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    Putting It all Together
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    Editing and Revising
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    Managing Across and Out
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What You Will Learn

• How to structure your content through design and layout • Best practices for integrating words and images across multiple types of content, including reports, brochures, websites, emails, and more • Software and tools you can use to support your work

Course Description

Build on the lessons of Plain Language 101 by diving deeper into the visual presentation of your documents. We live in a visual world, but you don't need to be a graphic designer to master these techniques. This course will cover design and layout to organize and structure your content. We’ll also discuss best practices for integrating words and images across multiple types of content and software and tools you can use to support your work. Then we’ll transition into pulling it all together: how to use the tools from both sessions to review and revise your products and how to begin building a culture of plain language in your team or your organization.

At the end of this hands-on course, you'll be able to integrate your words and images into effective communications and share your takeaways with others.

Learn these skills

  • Communications & Media
  • Writing


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is 1 LU.

Meet Your Instructor

Mary Jane Nirdlinger

Mary Jane Nirdlinger

Mary Jane is a recognized expert in plain language and has worked with a wide range of professionals in local government, urban planning, and higher education.

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