Useful Visual & Design Tools

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During week two of the class, we’ll be focusing on telling stories and creating meaning through the use of visual presentation and graphic design. There are a number of free resources you may need to (or want to) use in order to complete assignments this week.

  • Flickr: Everyone will need to have a Flickr account to upload their work to. I highly recommend and prefer that you store your images and visual work on Flickr (and then embed the images in your blog posts) rather than uploading your files to your blog. I’ll be creating a group in Flickr for everyone in the class, so that we can easily see each other’s photos. In addition, you can always see all the images in Flickr tagged with “ds106.” (This will include images uploaded by people who aren’t in the current DS106 class.)All of your Daily Shoot photos must be uploaded to your Flickr account and must be tagged with “ds106” and the Daily Shoot assignment tag “dsXXX.”
    • Flickr Creative Commons: This is a selection of photos on Flickr that have been made available through Creative Commons (and that you, therefore, can use as source material).
    • Flickr Commons: This is a collection of images uploaded into Flickr by a number of museums and libraries. The images are in the public domain (meaning you can use them.)
  • Picnik: Picnik is a free image editing tool that is built into Flickr. If you are logged into Flickr and looking at one of your photos, you’ll find “Edit photo in Picnik” listed as an option in the “Actions” menu. Picnik is really designed to edit a single image: add text, effects, shapes, frames, etc.
  • Aviary: Aviary is a free suite of digital tools that are browser-based. In other words, to use these tools you don’t need to install any software. You just need to create a free account at Aviary. Phoenix is the image editing tool available in Aviary. It will allow you to do basic image manipulation. Another free tool like this is Adobe Photoshop Express.
  • GIMP: GIMP is a free, open-source program that has full-featured image editing capabilities. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Since it is a full-featured piece of software (similar to Photoshop), it is a bit complex.
  • Jing: Jing is a free piece of software (that you install on your computer) which allows to do capture screen shots of your computer screen.
  • NounProject: If you are working on a design project that requires the use of simple icons/graphics, this is a great resource.
  • Dafont: Dafont is a font repository that contains lots of free fonts that you can use. Almost all of them are free for personal use (although they may receommend a donation.)
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