November: Cognitive Load

What is cognitive load?

Cognitive load relates to the amount of information that an individual can process in a short amount of time. While we as human beings have a high capacity to fill our long-term memory capacity, short-term memory capacity is much more limited.  

Designing content with lower cognitive thresholds leads to better comprehension, retention, and is a central principle of universal design.

How does breaking up text lower cognitive load?

From a perspective of emails, agendas, and Canvas, we want to avoid walls of text and provide visual distinction for our audiences. This allows users to filter information for importance and find what they’re looking for without getting overwhelmed.  

What are tools and methods that I can use to lower cognitive load?

I learned so much! How can I learn more?