Showing posts with label Slide Design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Slide Design. Show all posts

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Canva Launches an iPad App for Creating Beautiful Infographics and Slides

Canva is a great service for creating infographics, slides, and photo collages. The service launched last fall and has steadily grown since then. The latest update to Canva was the launch of their free iPad app.

The Canva iPad app allows you to create infographics, slides, and photo collages in much the same way as the web version of the service. To create a graphic on Canva s tart by selecting a template then dragging and dropping into place background designs, pictures, clip art, and text boxes. Canva offers a huge library of clip art and photographs to use in your designs (some of the clip art is free, some is not). You can also import your own images to use in your graphics. Your completed Canva projects can be saved as PDF and PNG files. You can also simply link to your online graphic.



Applications for Education
Canva can be used in many types of student projects. Students could use Canva to design covers for slidedecks or covers for reports. Students can use Canva to create infographics to highlight elements of their research projects. Creating flyers to advertise a school event is another possible use of Canva by students.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Canva - Create Beautiful Slides, Posters, and Infographics

Canva is a new service that makes it easy to create beautiful slides, flyers, posters, infographics, and photo collages. Creating these graphics on Canva is a drag-and-drop process. Start by selecting a template then dragging and dropping into place background designs, pictures, clip art, and text boxes. Canva offers a huge library of clip art and photographs to use in your designs. You can also upload your own images to use in your graphics. Your completed Canva projects can be downloaded as PDF and PNG files. You can also simply link to your online graphic.

Canva is currently in beta. You will have to sign up and wait for an invitation. My invitation arrived after 48 hours.

Applications for Education
Canva could be used in many types of student projects. Students could use Canva to design covers for slidedecks or covers for reports. Students could use Canva to create infographics. Creating flyers to advertise a school event is also a possible use of Canva by students.



H/T to Terri Eichholz.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What Colors Communicate - A Visual Guide

Whenever I talk to students or teachers about slide design, digital portfolio design, or any other visual project one of the things that I talk about is color choice. Using the right combination of colors can make your project stand out. On the other hand, the wrong combination can make your project stand out for the wrong reasons. Dustin Stout recently published a handy guide to colors and what they communicate. The guide was created for blog designers, but the concepts can be applied to lots of other formats. The guide is posted below. I encourage you to visit Dustin's blog post for more information about colors and visual design.
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Applications for Education
Before your students start designing their next sets of slides, have them take a look at this guide and consider the impact of their color choices. If you have access to a color printer, you might make a couple of copies to hang in your classroom.

H/T to Randy Krum at Cool Infographics