How to come up with good graphics for your blog posts
Your writing skills might be better then most, but full, attention grabbing communication goes beyond the written word. Developing a full blog post, designed to engage, requires attention to the visual.
If you often find yourself at a loss to provide good imagery or graphics for your blog posts, fear not, we’ve developed a short list containing resources which encourage and support successful brainstorming along with some quick links to get good free imagery and a few links to create your own imagery or graphics.
Resources for brainstorming good blog graphics:
Creatingminds.org has a long list of brainstorm or ideation tools and techniques here: http://creatingminds.org/tools/tools_ideation.htm
Getty images offers a fantastic and innovative tool to find the right image or media to match your mood with it’s moodstream: http://moodstream.gettyimages.com/
Brainstorm imagery by color at TinEye Labs: http://labs.tineye.com/multicolr/
Looking for word association tools? Visual Thesaurus has a nice tool to do just that: http://www.visualthesaurus.com
Do a simple google image search, use a theme or topic and see what comes up: http://www.google.com/imghp
Where to grab good free imagery:
Artistic, professional-quality, absolutely free, high-resolution imagery. This is a must visit: https://unsplash.com/
Dedicated to allowing and fostering creativity sharing, Creative Commons is worth learning more about: http://creativecommons.org/
A site dedicated to free stock photography: http://freerangestock.com
Stock imagery to be used however and wherever you’d like: http://pixabay.com/
Deathtothestockphoto.com will allow you to sign up for an email list to be sent new imagery monthly: http://join.deathtothestockphoto.com/
Tools to create your own graphics and imagery for your blog:
Create charts and graphics with infogr.am: http://infogr.am/
Another good option for web-based info graphic creation: http://www.easel.ly/
PicMonkey has a free version and an upgradeable way to modify imagery to professional standards and creativity: http://www.picmonkey.com/
Canva’s free application can help anyone become a designer: https://www.canva.com/
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