Yesterday I created this draft icon for launching Guide on the Side tutorials. I’ve been working with University of Arizona Libraries‘ wonderful program for the last year or so and it figures largely in new research tutorial I am getting ready to unleash upon the world. I created this icon or graphic in an attempt to provide users with a consistent way to launch a tutorial. I’m pretty happy with how this came out, at least for a draft. If you love this icon or would like a customized one with your school’s colors I am happy to share. It’s a small thing compared to what UA has given the community, but hey, we all have to start somewhere.
The icon itself was created with the fantastically easy to use Canva, which I will be talking about tomorrow for Western Libraries kickoff summer Tech Sandbox session. Canva is a free, web-based design tool that features an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. It has a bunch of great layouts to get you started. What I love the most is the vast array of graphic elements that can be customized and mixed together – like the little yellow guys and the button. I didn’t do too much to the little guys other than adding a book and adjusting sizes. I’ve been sharing this tool with some of my colleagues here who have an obvious need, but I’m really excited to bring it to a wider audience tomorrow to see how it can help others. Also, I have to mention that the Canva tutorials that are made in the program itself are totally brilliant. Basically they are slides in Canva that are editable, so they have directions and examples, then they give you a chance to make changes right in the program.