Make Learning Come to Life Using Readable Videos

February 1, 2023
5 minutes
Lee LeFever joins Instructional Designers In Offices Drinking Coffee

Who remembers seeing their first CommonCraft video? I remember seeing RSS in Plain English back in the day and thinking, "Wow, this guy if FANTASTIC!" That particular video is now considered a classic, and low budget, compared to today's Explainer Videos. But the cool thing is that it STILL works. It takes a relatively complex topic and explains it "in plain English".

We had so much fun with the OG of Explainer Videos, Lee LeFever, as our guest to discuss his latest idea: Readable Videos. It's always fun to talk with Lee because he's always doing fun and exciting things. We'll learn a little about the history of CommonCraft, Explainer Videos, his libraries of courses, graphics, and of course Readable Videos.  

If you've always felt like you could never "do video", then this is a must attend event for you. Lee and his wife taught themselves how to do it and their unique style led to an entire industry. Be sure to catch the recording of this incredible conversation.

You can also get a free mini course on Creating Readable Videos from Lee:

Links shared in chat:

Making better accessibility design decisions in dominKnow | ONE

PowerPoint Brush effect

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Book: The Art of Explanation

Exporting PowerPoint as Video

Lee LeFever Contact Info:


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To see all the comments from the chat, check out the full session right here.

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About Lee LeFever

Lee LeFever is the co-founder of Common Craft and author of two books: The Art of Explanation and Big Enough. Since 2007, Common Craft has won numerous awards, worked with respected brands like LEGO, Google, Intel, and Ford, and created original explainer videos that have earned over 50 million online video views. Today, Common Craft produces educational guides, ready-made videos and digital visuals that are used by educators in over 50 countries. Lee and his partner Sachi are Common Craft’s only employees and work from their home off the coast of Washington State.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the elearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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