Document Design for Teachers

Updated December 25, 2017

In all honesty, there are more important things in teaching than beautiful formatting. However, since I personally enjoy document design, I thought I would share some of my favorite resources with you so that you can create visually-appealing papers, presentations and more. If I’m missing anything, please let me know in the comments!

The Best Design Resources

  • Slides Carnival: Slides Carnival allows you to download free and beautiful templates for PowerPoint and Google Slides.
  • Google Fonts: As the name implies, Google Fonts allows you to download many beautiful fonts for your projects. You can also use them in Google Docs.
  • Stock Images: Free stock photos are great for including in PowerPoints and Google Slides. Best of all, they’re actually legal to use without worrying about copyright! There are many stock photo websites, so try finding one you like in this list of 20 stock photo websites. One particular site I enjoy is Gratisography.
  • Teachers Pay Teachers: The free section of Teachers Pay Teachers offers a wealth of free clipart and design elements to make your documents more attractive.
  • The Noun Project: The Noun Project is an excellent website for clip art! I use their icons all time time. In fact, many of the images you’ll find on this website come from The Noun Project. They’re free as long as you agree to give them credit.
  • PicMonkey: PicMonkey is how I designed most of the graphics on this website. It is an online photo editor, somewhat similar to Photoshop, that is easy to learn.
  • University of Pittsburgh: While these are more practical than attractive, I don’t know where else to share this resource. In 2003 the University of Pittsburgh compiled a database of hundreds of illustrations that may be useful in a world language classroom.
  • Fiverr: If you want something professional to be made for you (i.e. a blog logo), check Fiverr. There are a lot of different possibilities for reasonable prices.

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