Once upon a time, it was okay for websites to look amateurish. Back in the 1990s, website design was at a rudimentary stage at best. Those who used the internet did so to find content that they couldn’t get anywhere else, but they didn’t expect it to look good. Certain relics of this age of website design – like the official Warner Bros webpage for the 1996 film, Space Jam – show just how comical a lot of pre-millennial web designs looked. More important than that, however, these old, untouched sites serve as a reminder of how much stock most modern internet users put in visual flare.
Today, not only do web managers have to provide compelling and unique content, but they also need to do it in a way that looks good. These 2 programs are certain to help any small business owner “DIY” their graphic design for some serious savings in the long run, especially when it comes to creating graphics and content for your social platforms such as Instagram or Pinterest, and many other marketing arenas.
“A Generation of DIY Graphic Designers”
For these reasons and more, the internet has brought about a generation of do-it-yourself graphic designers – people who (for good reason) don’t want to spend the time or money that it would take to become trained in the ways of Photoshop and InDesign, but who also want to be able to add eye-catching visuals to their websites.
Luckily, the fact that there are so many people who are teaching themselves the basics of graphic design has created an environment where it is easy to maintain a blog or website with great looking visuals. A wide range of programs – from template-based website builders to free graphic design software – have been developed in recent years to help nurture this burgeoning scene, and most of those programs are built with two primary qualities in mind: first, they are simplistic and easy to use, with a very manageable learning curve; second, they provide visual results that look great without breaking the bank. Check out our reviews of them below!continue reading