LogoMyWay: Crowdsourced Logo Designs

Let’s say your organization has a big event every year, and you’re looking for a logo that would brand the conference series. You could hire your favorite graphic designer to come up with 10 to 20 ideas for several hundred to several thousand dollars. Or you could hold a logo design contest on a crowdsourcing site for $200+ to have …

Tagxedo: Word Cloud Generator Site

Tagxedo is the ultimate over-the-top crowd pleaser! It’s my very favorite place to play with words. Tagxedo can either scan text or sites for words, or you can create a list of your own. Critical Update! Tagxedo is built on Microsoft Silverlight, and Microsoft Silverlight is dying. By April 2015, Chrome browsers will phase out Microsoft Silverlight plugins, but Tagxedo still works …

Pixlr: Free Online Image Editor

Pixlr is my favorite online image editor, with a Flash-based uploader that allows you to edit from any computer without having the software. It’s incredibly amazing, easy to use, fast, convenient and awesome. Does that make it clear how I feel? I used to be afraid of an Internet hiccup that would make me lose my work, but truthfully it’s …

Animoto: Instant video from pictures, videos and text

Animoto is one of those tools that makes the crowds go “WOW” and look at you in wonder. The premise is incredibly simple: Gather 10 or more pictures, throw in a title and choose a theme and soundtrack – then push a button. PRESTO! Animoto instantly creates a perfectly timed, perfectly professional, perfectly awesome video that can showcase your event, …

Website Builders and Blogs: WordPress

I’m not even going to pretend that I would consider any other blogging or website platform over WordPress, but I’d be selfish if I didn’t at least mention some of the other great tools out there. These tools range from sites that are super easy drag-and-drop web builders to on-the-go blog and instant publishing tools that make it easy to …

Case Study: PowerPoint, Issuu and Tagxedo

I’m so proud of Anne Lupkoski, the certification chair for the Central Canada Division of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She asked for my recommendations to create an online booklet with testimonials. I advised that she use PowerPoint to create a PDF and upload it to Issuu, a site that turns your documents into online magazines. Voila! A masterpiece is …

Online Design and Poster Sites

I’m infatuated with drag-and-drop online and app tools that help you create posters and more without having the software. For an instant poster, try the Phoster app (iOS), which lets you add your own pictures and text to their templates for printable and shareable posters for events, ads and more. As of this writing, their templates were pretty rigid, but …

Create Your Own Animated Videos: PowToon, GoAnimate and Xtranormal

I’ve written before about how much I love PowToon, a clever online tool that lets you create an animated infographic-type video to demo your product, promote your event or simply amuse your colleagues. Another way to liven up electronic communication is to create an animated cartoon. My two favorite tools in this category are GoAnimate and XtraNormal. I’ve played around …

Make Your Own Infographics: Visual.ly and Piktochart

An infographic is a visual presentation of facts, ideas or statistics, usually characterized by fun graphics, colorful themes and few words. In today’s graphic-happy world, infographics are incredibly popular and can often go viral on social media sites. You’re more likely to have people share an infographic with the highlights of your latest survey than a 16-page white paper with …