Interested in using digital signage as a communication channel, but don’t have the time or resources to spend on digital signage content creation? Do you have a design and content team as a resource, but want to be able to update content on the fly? Or are you on your own and want to create visually-appealing digital signage content without having to bring in outside design resources?
If you’re nodding along right now, you’re not alone!
Thankfully, there are a ton of free and low-cost tools available to help you easily create dazzling digital signage.
Here are just six tools (and there are many, many more) to easily and quickly create digital signage content that looks appealing and professional.
Google Slides / Microsoft Powerpoint
Pretty much everyone has created something using Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides at some point, so you know it’s easy to jump in and start creating!
If you decide to use a slides presentation for a digital signage display, check out this blog post to help make your slides deck more engaging and appealing. Take advantage of the ready-made presentation themes, variety of font options, and no limit to how many slides you want to add.
Another great bonus of using Google Slides, is the auto integration between Slides and Skykit. As you collaborate on your slides presentation, you can set your Skykit digital signage displays to update with the new slide content in real time.
So what if you want to go beyond slides into graphic design territory?
Canva is a graphic design website that “enables anyone to become a designer.” It was an idea born when graphic design professor, Melanie Perkins, began noticing the struggle for students to learn basic design software.
Canva couldn’t be more versatile and useful. It’s like a calculator, you just plug in the information you want and out comes a beautifully effortless design solution.
Canva has a huge library of templates ranging from invites, photo collages, business cards, web ads, presentations, the list goes on and on. Simply search for the type of image you’re looking for and other keywords, and then adjust colors, font and text in line with your branding and you’re done!
There’s a paid version, Canva for Work, that gives more customizations for businesses to build a consistent and appealing brand.
Design / Photo Editing
PicMonkey is an online service for design and photo editing. If you don’t have experience with Photoshop, but need to quickly pull together a unique design.
For just $10 a month, you can get unlimited storage, use custom fonts, and export files as JPG, PNG, or PDF. This is an affordable option for businesses who want to create professional looking content without taking the time to learn photoshop or the money to hire someone who has already mastered it.
Design / Photo Editing
Klex is a design site that allows just about anyone to create various documents like cards, social media posts, presentations, and more! But it doesn’t stop there, like PicMonkey, you can also edit photos with the snap of a finger (well… basically).
Because Klex is run with the same engine as Gravit Designer (a design solution for product, graphic, and web design professionals) it gives the same professional outcome, but with tools that are easier to use.
Interactive / Digital Experiences
Intuiface is a platform where even the absolute beginner can create interactive experiences. We all know how much more impactful it is when people are able to engage with content, rather than just look at it.
For personal or business use, this website allows you to create interactive content for many uses, including digital signage (says so right on the homepage)! You don’t need to know coding because it uses HTML5 “under the hood.”
Due to the fact that people’s attention spans are getting shorter and that there is so much media we are constantly exposed to, it is important to stand out. Intuiface is just the way to help accomplish that.
Digital Menu Boards
For all you in food services out there – DSMenu is a digital, menu board-specific online design program that can make your lives a whole lot easier.
This a program that is affordable and understandable. You simply select a layout from the program’s gallery, plug in your own content, and boom you’re done!
To sum it all up…
Whatever your design situation, whether you’ve got a team but they’re swamped or you don’t have the budget to outsource your designs, we hope you can appreciate these tools taking the complexity out of good content design! These are just a few of the many, many programs out there that can kick your digital signage design up a notch.
Know of any other tools that make creating digital signage design simple and to-the-point? Or have you used any of the above programs to create content for your digital signage? Share in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!