Educators and older students could use Designbold to quickly create a number of useful digital designs. Students could use some of the posters to create examples of wartime propaganda for a history class, or digital book covers for a literature class. The infographic templates could be used to show survey data or other information gathered from research, and students can use the professional-looking presentation templates for class projects. Business education and marketing students may find the business and resume templates useful.
Teachers can adapt Designbold layouts to create classroom posters and signs as well as graphics for lesson materials. Due to limitations with the free accounts, teachers should plan to purchase a paid account if they want to download print-quality PDFs; however, at that point, teachers may want to look elsewhere toward more full-featured tools.Continue reading Show less
Designbold is a web-based graphic design tool. It works in most modern web browsers for laptops and desktops, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. Mobile browsers aren't currently supported. Users create an account with an email address or through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. The Welcome Guide steps users through the setup process, though it is not interactive. Users can start a project with an existing layout and make a few simple text changes for a fast design, or begin with a blank canvas and create their own unique design. The interface can be a little slow and sometimes freezes unexpectedly, so classrooms with older computers or slower connections may struggle.
Users can upload photos and other images, and the design projects are stored in the cloud. Free accounts offer unlimited storage, but image uploads max out at 5MB per image. Downloads for free accounts are also limited to web vs. high-quality resolution. Paid accounts offer print-quality downloads, custom color palettes, and custom font uploads.
Other graphic design tools such as Canva offer much more for K-12 educators and classrooms, including lesson plans.
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