Digital Writing & Design

This page links to programs and tips for composing digitally. For specific files (images, etc.) you can reuse in your work, go to Creative Commons/Public Domain.

Blogging fundamentals
Learn WordPress.com
Nedra Reynolds and Elizabeth Davis, Portfolio Keeping (selections on e-reserves)
Seven ways to use a blog as a research journal, by sociologist Mark Carrigan

Intermediate blogging and design
HTML tutorial and tag reference from W3Schools.com
Practical Web Design Articles compiled by the Domain staff
10 steps to the perfect portfolio website, by Lee Munroe of Smashing.com
Patrick Lynch and Sarah Horton, Web Style Guide (also available in book form)
Directory of WordPress plugins
Canva: “Amazingly simple graphic design for blogs, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers and so much more”

Games and interactive narrative
Twine
Twine Cheat Sheet
Anna Anthropy, Rise of the Videogame Zinesters (New York: Seven Stories, 2012), excerpt on e-reserves
Audio, podcasting
Audacity, an open-source program for recording and editing audio
Transom.org is a resource for people getting started in public radio. Includes several radio journalists’ tips on interviewing.
Interviewing principles from the Columbia program in journalism

Make a movie, no camera required
VoiceThread, which allows you to add voice-overs or video commentary to PowerPoint slides (5 presentations per free account)
Prezi, which creates kinetic slide shows (lots of moving and zooming)
Jing, which records videos of your computer screen
iMovie from Apple
PowToon: creates animated clips
YouTube video editor

Usability, accessibility, and Universal Design
Sarah Horton, A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences (Brooklyn: Rosenfeld, 2013): e-book available through Emory libraries
Steve Krug, Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (Berkeley: New Riders, 2014): e-book available through Emory libraries
WebAIM: Web Accessibility in Mind, based at Utah State University
“How People with Disabilities Use the Web” from the World Wide Web Consortium
Contrast-A: Find Accessible Color Combinations