When browsing blog posts or Twitter, I find fabulous graphics displaying library signage, events, or even assignment directions. I used to wonder, “How did they do that? It looks so good, I could never be that creative.” Canva and Google Drawings came to my rescue, giving me confidence in creating graphics for Twitter, Instagram, and printed flyers.
Canva is an online design tool with templates for social media and print. Once you create a free account, you can access templates, images, and fonts that work well together. Download the image to upload to a website or social media account or print to display around your building.
Google Drawings is another tool to design elements for social media and printed flyers. While it may not have templates embedded, it provides a menu of tools to creatively display information. I like to use Google Drawings when creating directions with screenshots or embedding images into Google Slides.
I also follow Tony Vincent on Instagram and Twitter. He uses Google Drawings to create his Ed Tech posts about a variety of tools. He defines these graphics as Infopics. I am inspired by the way he communicates quick tips on social media. I learn something new–not just an Ed Tech tip, but key design ideas.
What other tools do you use for posters, flyers and social media posts? Who do you follow that displays information creatively?
Author: Becca Munson
Becca Munson, Librarian, is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 23 years of experience in education. She is currently a school librarian at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, KS. Becca continues to find ways to positively impact student learning with literacy initiatives, technology integration, and building rapport with students and staff. Follow her on Twitter to view the library in action @bvwlibrary and @beccamunson .