Amanda Carchedi, University of Connecticut Publicity and Marketing Administrator, Center for Career Development
Anyone who has been tasked with managing social media for his or her organization knows that creating and curating visual content that students will finding engaging and interesting is a full-time job. Unfortunately, not every office is able to have a dedicated social media manager or graphic designer, leaving this time-consuming task as an extra responsibility for a member of your staff or, if you’re lucky, a student worker. However, there are time-saving tools available (for free!) that can help your department create stunning images for your social media and beyond. Whether you are looking for a quick image to post on Instagram or an informational graphic to add to your blog or website, there are ways to simplify these processes. Here are a few tools that can help:
Easel.ly allows you to create stunning infographics in minutes. Choose from thousands of infographic templates and design elements that can be customized to create visual representations of information and ideas.
If you don’t have a designer on your team, Canva can help you create designs for web or print. Choose from more than 1 million photos and hundreds of fonts to make the perfect image. The free online program also allows you to easily edit photos and collaborate between staff members.
Iconfinder is a library of more than 340,000 icons that can be used to spice up any design. Choose from a variety of free options or purchase icons for as low as $1.
Turn your data into beautiful charts and infographics using infogr.am. Infogr.am allows you to visualize your data using a variety of templates. You can then simply share your images on a website or blog using the provided embedded code.
Pablo helps you design engaging images for social media quickly and easily. Choose from the available background photos or upload your own image, and insert the text you would like to appear over your image. Done.
Got a favorite image creation tool? Please share in the comments!