Infographics

Infographics

Let’s talk about infographics!  Infographics are great way to get a message across with visual interest.  I especially like to use infographics when I teach library instruction classes.  I find that if I can give my students handouts highlighting the key points of our discussion, they pay more attention and are more interactive throughout the class.  I suspect this is because they aren’t frantically trying to write down everything I say.  I’ve also learned that it’s important how the information is presented.  When I first began teaching instruction classes, I gave my students WAY too much information.  Trust me, they aren’t going to read a packet full of library information.  They might even leave it sitting on the table when they leave.  (Ouch!)   However, they will almost always take a cool infographic with them.

If you’ve read my past posts, you probably know I’m a huge fan of Canva.  Canva is my “go to” when it comes to anything graphic design related.  It’s easy for me, a non-designer, to create a great looking graphic with this program.  Simply choose the infographic template option and start designing.

I’ll mention a couple more options for you if you’re ready to create your first infographic: Piktochart and Venngage.  Piktochart is specifically made for the design of infographics, meaning you can get a little more sophisticated with your layout than with Canva.  You can sign up for free and accomplish just about anything you’d like in a graphic.  Their support and tutorials are fantastic, and I can’t really tell you anything they haven’t already covered.  I suggest you just jump right in and get your feet wet.  Here’s a quick overview of their product.  Once you start playing around, you’ll notice the layout is very similar to Canva. Continue reading “Infographics”

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Canva: online graphic design tool

Canva: online graphic design tool

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One of my job responsibilities as a systems librarian is maintaining my library’s website.  Before preparing a mock library website for my interview less than a year ago, I had zero web design experience.  I have been tasked with bringing our website out of the ‘90s and making it less text-heavy and more millennial friendly.  One of the frustrating things about library websites is that we don’t always have a lot (if any) control over is the way databases and other products display for our patrons.  Something I’ve found I can control that makes a big impact are the graphics and visual elements of our website.  This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, but great-looking graphics will get a better response than clip art.

As a novice web designer (a librarian pretending to be a web designer), Canva has become my graphic design crutch.  It is probably going to sound like the folks at Canva paid me to tell you how awesome it is, but really… it’s just that awesome.  Canva is a robust, web-based design tool for making all sorts of visual elements.  Best of all?  There’s a free version that doesn’t suck.

So, what can you make on Canva?  Just about anything.
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