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NogginLabs was founded on the notion that custom e-learning design and development is the ultimate horizontal industry. Time and again, each new project, client, and industry proves it. The biggest advantage of the e-learning horizontal is cross-pollinating ideas from two wildly different domains. A restaurant service simulation for iPad may influence a high-fashion online retail challenge. E-learning for financial advisors in a bank could inspire a mobile outreach program for cancer survivors. This variety also keeps the creative folks at NogginLabs fresh. Fresh learning ideas and designs come from a set of constantly changing constraints.

Flexing your creative muscles: how our talents get into your e-learning


Flexing your creative muscles: how our talents get into your e-learning

Katie Markovich

It might go without saying that NogginLabs fosters a culture of creativity. When you walk into our office, the first few things you might notice are the open seating arrangements, cool light fixtures, or the whole wall of trophies. If you go to our website, you’ll notice it’s fresh and colorful, a sea of great ideas against an impeccably designed backdrop. But who makes this culture and aesthetic possible? It’s the Noggins who work here. Since it's Friday and we can all use a little fun, I thought I'd introduce you to one of them.


Miden is a Content Producer at NogginLabs and though she identifies as a writer, she does so with a twist.

“Everything I draw has a narrative to it,” she says.

This is in reference to her illustrations. An art career that began with comics and doodles has turned into various publications, most recently on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. But I was most excited to talk to her about Lucy, the BAFTA award-winning short film she illustrated earlier this year.

“We went out to L.A. for the ceremony, and Michael Sheen handed [us] this big glass statue. It’s pretty crazy, now that I think about it.”

Miden collaborated with her roommate, a then-student at DePaul University, to create the 5-minute short. Her roommate wrote and recorded the story and approached Miden to draw the illustrations.

“She gave me the recording of her story and set me up in our kitchen with a light and a camera and just told me to draw on our white board for a couple hours.”


I asked Miden how her drawing affects her work as a Content Producer.

“The structure of comic books lends itself to screens and panels,” she said. “I can see how a course might be divided up and what works best where.”

This made a lot of sense to me. As NogginLabs flexes its creative muscles in new and interesting ways, especially as we begin to gamify more content, this kind of panel-by-panel thinking will likely be more prevalent in brainstorming sessions. Most importantly, though, Miden and other multi-hobbied Noggins are able to bring their outside experiences into the office and, eventually, into your courses. 

When we come up with custom e-learning solutions, we spend plenty of time discussing both instructional and creative needs. Our goal is to always make sure your content is presented in the most engaging way possible. We want to grab your attention, yes; but we also want to hold onto it. That’s why NogginLabs finds people with varied backgrounds and unique perspectives on the world. We like filling our office with comedians, actors, playwrights, musicians, and anybody else who can provide our clients' learners with the unique e-learning experience they deserve.

Before you go, check out another one of Miden's comics in the Nashville Review