When developing online tutorial movies – no matter what tool you use – there’s always the question of how long graphics and text should stay on the screen in order for the viewer to see them, understand them, and take the necessary action.

A good example of how long to hold graphics and text on the screen, even when they’re both the same element, is the opening credit sequence to Napoleon Dynamite.

Note how long the graphic elements appear before they’re removed, even the complicated ones like the production designer’s name on a tube of lip balm, and the writers’ names on pencils.

Put it into practice and show off your mad instructional design skills. ¬†Because, as Napoleon says, “. . .girls only want boyfriends who have great skills” (something I’m sure that’s applicable no matter what your relationship status is).

Take a look at Art of the Title to see how this sequence was made.

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