I’ve been making signs for library programs and events for quite awhile now. I’ve both created and witnessed very bad graphic designs. Some of my early designs were done in Office 1997 using Word and Publisher. Back then the use of WordArt and ClipArt was novel and, in my eyes at least, a creative way to advertise what we were doing in the library. Through the years I’ve tried creating in a number of different programs ranging from Word, Publisher, Pages and PowerPoint. A few years ago I started playing around with some design programs online and after some experimentation have settled on one.
For the last 2 years I have been using Canva.com to create signs, posters, and social media content for our library and for personal use. Once you create a free login you can get started and have a quality design in only a couple of minutes. The use of the free content makes your designs look like a professional designer created your signage and if you’re willing to shell out a little money you can access a larger number of photos, layouts and fonts. Like any quality program the learning curve allows for a novice to get started and has tools that a seasoned professional can appreciate. I recommend jumping in and giving this website and app a try.
PS – Next time you’re helping a patron with a resume I’d suggest taking a look at Canva to create an impressive looking document.