Ace your projects easily with Easel.ly

by Kristen Gandenberger ’15

This poster made by Emily House teaches about women's rights around the world in a visually interesting way.

This poster made by Emily House teaches about women’s rights around the world in a visually interesting way.

The end of the semester is coming, and you all know what that means: crying in a corner about midterms end of semester projects! It’s no secret that these last big assignments before exams are a huge deal… That presentation can be the difference between having a good cushion in case your midterm goes wrong, or being toast before the tests even start. With this in mind, I thought I’d share with our many, many readers a great grade-boosting trick I recently rediscovered: http://www.easel.ly

Easel.ly is a nifty little website that allows students to make free infographics! I’m sure that this isn’t nearly as interesting to the normal population as it is to a data and graphics nerd like me, however the finished products of the site (pictured below) have a really sleek, professional look that will give any presentation an edge. With easel.ly:

  • You have access to a varied array of info graphic templates that lend themselves to different kinds of information
  • Also, there is the option to start your creation with a completely blank canvas
  • Even if you start off with a template, you can easily change the fonts, colors, sizes of objects, and even general layout of your work
  • The website gives you access to a lot of clean-cut, not tacky looking “clip art” and simple graphics to spice up your information, if you don’t want to insert your own images (which is completely easy!)
  • There is also an option where you an create your own charts and graphs

The digital journalism class has had Easel.ly up our sleeves for a long time, using it to make graphics and infographics for our articles, but I fell back in love with this helpful website in Mrs. Kroner’s class last week. As part of our last discussion topic and in preparation for our own final project, Mrs. Kroner had all of her contemporary world issues classes research a human rights topic and use the website to creatively display what we’ve learned. Below are some examples of posters created with Easel.ly.

This infographic, which was inspired by one of Easel.ly's templates, shows just how simple it is to find a layout that suit's the needs of your project! (Creator Credit: Hnnah Schibi)

This infographic, which was inspired by one of Easel.ly’s templates, shows just how simple it is to find a layout that suit’s the needs of your project!
(Creator Credit: Hnnah Schibi)

This infographic was made completely from scratch, but utilizes only graphics and effects available on Easel.ly. (Credit: Kristen Gandenberger)

This infographic was made completely from scratch, but utilizes only graphics and effects available on Easel.ly.
(Credit: Kristen Gandenberger)

If you’re looking for a way to give your pile of soon-to-be-due presentations some extra sparkle, make a graphic organizer with Easel.ly! You won’t even have to cite the poster (since you made it!)

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