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GRAPHIC DESIGN TOOLS: Canva, Spark, Venngage

These are all great tools available for doing quick and easy graphic design; in some ways they’re very similar, but they each have their own advantages and disadvantages.All are free at the basic level and offer additional choices for money. Here’s a more detailed comparison of their features.

Adobe Spark (spark.adobe.com) –
This is a great place to start if you don’t have any experience with graphic design, especially for social media posts; it’s easy to try different options and quickly resize. Here’s a gallery of examples.

 

Canva (canva.com)
Canva is more of a full-featured graphic editor, closer to something like Photoshop or InDesign. It’s still fairly easy to use, but the greater amount of control that it provides requires a greater awareness of what you’re doing. Here’s a gallery of examples and a collection of tutorials to help you get started.

Venngage (venngage.com)
Venngage is specifically for making infographics. It’s useful if you’re doing an informational campaign (presenting data about school funding, sharing key steps for people to take, or myths about health care, etc).

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN RESOURCES

StickPNG: Free collection of images on transparent backgrounds
Vandelay Design: Tutorials, free collections of fonts and textures, etc.
Public Domain Archive: a great collection of free high res public domain images
The Met open access: The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art has a great collection of searchable digitized art. (some notes)
PixaBay: another great collection of free-to-use images
Snappy Goat: searchable collection of free-to-use images
Canva’s Design School: a collection of tutorials and resources
Textures.com: images for texture

Downloadable PDF: Graphic Design For Non-profit Organizations