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14 Tools to Create Engaging Infographics and Images for Social Media Posts 

14 Tools to Create Engaging Infographics and Images for Social Media Posts 
It's no secret that images are increasingly important for social media success. It wasn't long ago that Twitter added inline image previews to its official apps, and it's including even more image focus in the latest redesign. At Buffer, we've done tests on our own Twitter account previously that showed images make a huge difference to engagement: In a recent research study we conducted, we found that images can increase retweet rate by up to 150%: Images aren't just useful for Twitter, either. To make the visual side of your social media strategy a bit easier, here are some tools to help you create awesome pictures. 1. PicMonkey is a really easy-to-use photo editing tool that runs in your browser. I love how easy-to-use PicMonkey is, and that you can jump in straight away and give it a go without creating an account or even uploading your own photos. It even has some handy built-in collage designs for Pinterest, Etsy and Facebook: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Piktochart 7. Recite Related:  Technology in Education

Classroom 2.0 Four Types of Visual Content That Cut Through the Noise From the beginning of time, people have been expressing themselves through visuals. It is very natural for us to pay immediate attention to illustrations and graphics. And in an increasingly noisy digital landscape, marketers must use them to stand out. "Blogs were one of the earliest forms of social networking where people were writing 1,000 words," says Dr. Now, I do believe that blogs, as well as micro-blogging, still have its place and are not going away any time soon. Besides just an image or a video, I would also consider multiple instruments of visual aggregation and curation of information. Here is an example of my paper on Our customers are hungry for good content, but any more they expect it to be presented in a snackable and quickly-consumable format. Here are four types of visual content that cut through the noise. 1. Create custom images to use on multiple networks. Here's an example of how Real Simple uses its Pinterest board... 2. 3. 4.

5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics Professional infographic designers rely primarily on a core vector graphics software program to create their infographics designs. The main advantage is that all the icons, charts, images, illustrations, and data visualizations are treated as separate objects that can be easily moved, resized, overlapped, and rotated. No matter where you create the individual design elements, the final infographic design is usually put together in a vector graphics program. Creating infographics using online tools has never been easier. In the last few years a number of online tools have emerged that allow anyone to create great visual content. Whether you are working on a project for work, personal use, or social media, each new project starts with a template. These new tools are vector graphics applications that run in your browser as a replacement for using an expensive professional desktop application like Adobe Illustrator to put your infographic design together. 1) Visme ( Pros: Cons: Pros

10 Free Reading Programs for Kids on Mobile Devices Reading books is the best gift a parent can give to their kids. Where do you find books for kids? With our busy schedule it is sometime hard to find time to visit the book stores and libraries. Each program offers different features. Farfaria : a travelling book library for kids with hundreds of books for kids age 2 to 10. Bookboard : a free book app allowing you to access all the books with a free membership. National Geographic Young Explorer : a free online magazine designed for kids from National Geographic Kids. Timbuktu : a children’s magazine on the iPad. Poetry from the Poetry Foundation : the app offers free access to thousands poems from the Poetry Foundation. Learn with Homer : a comprehensive reading program on iPad designed for kids age 2 to 7. Oxford Owl : not an app, but a website that fully functional on iPad and iPhone. Memetales : a book reader app designed for kids 10 and younger. Starfall : it is not an app, but a website.

27 Presentation Software & Powerpoint Alternatives For 2015 At CustomShow, we like to think that everyone can use our presentation software to create better looking presentations, thus serving as a great powerpoint alternative to people. But that won’t always be the case. We cater to businesses greater than 10 employees and organizations that need an all-in-one presentation program. We also don’t usually promote our competitors. Presentation software is great, but we know there are plenty of options to choose from. CustomShow – Business Presentation Software Summary – Customshow is a presentation software program used mainly for businesses and companies with more than 25 employees. Disadvantages – More data intelligence could be added to their analytics platform Perfect For – Sales Professionals, Marketing Professionals, CEO’s, Design Agencies Website: ClearSlide (SlideRocket) Summary – Clearslide purchased Sliderocket several years ago. Perfect For – Sales & Marketing Organizations Prezi Slideshark Haiku Deck SlideDog Slide Bureau

Visual Literacy: An E-Learning Tutorial on Visualization for Communication, Engineering and Business Beyond PowerPoint & Keynote: The 20 Best Apps to Create and Share Presentations - The Zapier Blog If you've ever had to present a product, host a webinar, or do any kind of public speaking, chances are you made a slideshow to go along with your presentation. The good news: many of the presentation apps available today offer huge improvements on the old standbys you're used to. The latest presentation apps have made it easier than ever to format slides and create professional-looking slideshows without giving off a "this is a template" vibe. The newest crop of online presentation tools also go beyond the classic slideshow experience, with new features to keep your audience's attention, streamline the creation process with AI, and turn slide decks into videos and conversations. We tested more than 20 of the top presentation software solutions out there to bring you the best of the best. The best presentation software in 2021 What makes a great presentation app? The best presentation app for collaborating on presentations Google Slides (Web, iOS, Android) Google Slides Price: Free Ludus (Web)

Eight Free Photo Sites That Require No Attribution I'm a strong proponent of respecting copyright. I think artists deserve to be paid for the work that they do. I'm also a fan of using Creative Commons photography in my blog, on my visual writing ideas, and in my presentations. In general, I use the Creative Commons Photo Search to search through Flickr (though sometimes Photopin works great, too). However, I have also found that there are times when I want to use attribution-free photography. 1. This site, developed by Ryan McGuire, has a distinctly quirky, weird style. 2. This is my go-to site. 3. Unlike Unsplash, Skitter Photo is organized by categories, which makes it easy to navigate. 4. Jay runs a Tumblr that has a Unsplash-like approach of adding seven new photos every Thursday. 5. Pixabay has a massive database of pictures and it's easy to search. 6. This site is packed full of sleek, modern pictures. 7. The photos on this site tend to be higher contrast with darker colors, giving them an edgier feel. 8. Honorable Mentions:

10 Wicked Freebies That Every Designer Should Download Sometimes designing your own graphics from scratch can be a timely and daunting task, and going to the professionals can be very costly. In this post I have assembled an amazing collection of well designed free graphic elements that we do think are worth mentioning…for example; Flat icons, Flat design UI Kit, PSD website template and PSD Business card template… just to name a few. These high quality graphic elements and PSD templates can be very useful and save you lots of time with your web design project without reinventing the wheel. You can download and use any of these free graphics for personal or commercial use. Most of these templates may include editable files. So why not start benefiting from these great resources by downloading them now. 1. Give your flat design a boost with this Flattastic UI kit, designed by Vlade Dimovski, free to download and simple to use. 2. [adsense] 3. 48 Flat designer icons 4. 12 Flat SEO icons 5. 6. 500 Vector Mega Icon Pack 7. 8. 9. 10.

Comment facilement élaborer un SlideShare qui tient la route ? Personnellement, je suis toujours un peu réticent à lancer PowerPoint quand vient l'heure de réaliser des slides de présentation. Je ne m'y sens pas à l'aise. Cette police par défaut, calibri noire sur fond blanc.. hiiieuuuhh.. berk.. détruisant définitivement cette étincelle de créativité qui me faisait vibrer ce matin. C'est déjà bien assez compliqué de présenter à sa direction 10 slides qui ressemblent à quelque chose. Bon, c'est vrai que j'utilise de moins en moins PowerPoint et de moins en moins les produits de Microsoft mais cela ne m'aide pas à réaliser des présentations correctes. Avant d'aborder ensemble les 10 étapes vers une présentation SlideShare facile à faire mais qui tient largement la route, je vous propose de télécharger quelques templates mis à disposition par HubSpot. 1 - STRUCTUREZ VOTRE PRÉSENTATIONCela semble évident de se poser quelques minutes et de définir la structure globale de votre présentation. Commencez tout d'abord par choisir les grands thèmes.

10 of the Best Places to Find Free Icons and Image Assets Online Like many creative types, I tend to get a bit giddy when I find art that inspires and captivates. However, as a web designer, I jump for joy when I stumble across websites and graphic design images that have been masterfully crafted (I’m a geek like that *wink*). No matter what type of designer you are, you will probably agree with me when I say that for as much as we love designing, there are days when you just don’t have the time to create certain elements from scratch. When we run into issues like that, we are left with one option: finding free design assets to work off of. Thankfully, the web is not short on free image assets for people to find and use in their designs and many of those free options are just as amazing at the premium ones out there. In this post, we have rounded up some of the best sites where you can go to find those free image assets and stock up on your design arsenal for those times when you just can’t create it from scratch. Now on to the good stuff! FlatIcon Pixeden

Graphic Design Theory: 50 Resources and Articles As designers, we often focus on the practical aspects of design above all else. We focus on what works, with little regard for why it works. And in our day-to-day work, that outlook serves us well. It lets us get our work done in an efficient, professional manner, and generally nets good results. But spending some time on the theory behind the graphic design principles we use every day can expand our design horizons. General Design Theory There are a lot of general design theories and principles out there that apply to all forms of design, whether in digital or print mediums. The Principles of Design This article from Digital Web Magazine covers the basics of design theory, including balance, rhythm, proportion, dominance, and unity. Graphic Design Theory? How Good is Good? Can Graphic Design Make You Cry? The Lost Principles of Design An illustrated guide to the basic principles of graphic design. Want to Know How to Design? Layout Principles Color Theory Typography

5 reasons to use infographics to improve information retention This week I have invited roK to talk about infographics and its impact on your readers. The challenge here is to find the most effective way to present information in order to convince your audience. Because vision is one of our main senses, we try to visualize ideas in order to assimilate them. That's one of the reason why using Infographics allows one to greatly enhance the understanding and retention of information. It is often easier to illustrate a fact or a trend with a chart and a symbolic effect with an icon. Over last few years, the Information graphics, better known as 'Infographics' have become a popular manner of visualizing data in conjunction with pictures, images, icons, charts and others visual elements. Due to a surge in popularity, infographics are becoming more creative and at times more complex. The amount of information generated and transmitted daily is astounding; and so is the manner in which it is delivered. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. If you're more like, "I can do it myself!"