Want to design something snazzy for your music studio but don’t know where to start? Even if you don’t have a lot of design experience, it's still possible to create a really clean design without much effort. Here are our top graphic design suggestions, starting with the easiest and least expensive options and moving up to more complex solutions:
Recruit a Student
Asking a student to help you do a design can be one of your most savvy options. Several of my students have wanted opportunities to not only showcase their skills but also build their portfolios and fulfill service learning credits for school organizations. Not only were the designs really awesome, but it was free for me! It was a win-win for everyone.
How we used it: Cover art for recital programs
Here is a design a student created for our "Around the World on 88 Keys" recital:
If you want to create your own high-quality design but need some help, my top recommendation is Canva.com. Canva supplies gobs of completely free templates, graphics, and layouts that you can quickly manipulate and customize. You gotta love Canva’s templates--it’s one of their biggest strengths and makes design a breeze.
Some photos and graphics are labeled “premium” and require a small fee, but a lot can be accomplished with the media included with the free standard membership. You also have the ability to upload your own files as well.
It’s easy to create just about any layout with Canva, from posters to business cards to social media posts. And, Canva’s mobile app helps you design great things on the go!
Cost: Free without premium graphics
How we used it: Recital posters, youtube video title slides, social media
Here is a poster design we created using Canva.com:
Microsoft Office and Pages
Word processing programs such as microsoft word (PC) and Pages (Mac) are still the most useful for a large array of documents.
Although limiting and sometimes frustrating for more complicated projects, you can get great results with these softwares.
This option is best suited for newsletters, invitations, posters, brochures, flyers, cards and other text-heavy documents.
Cost: Varies depending on subscription and operating system, but many people already have these installed on their computers
How we used it: Newsletters, studio documents, flyers
Newsletter created using Pages:
Designcrowd is a space where you can host a contest for your design project. You start by writing a creative brief to tell designers specifics about your project needs.
After paying an $89 posting fee and setting a project budget, various designers will submit completed designs for you to review. From there, all you have to do is choose the design you like best.