If there's one thing I've learned from this imminent switch from written to visual content, it's that stock photography should be a crime.
Seriously, it's that bad.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all aboard the visual content bus, but lately I've been left wondering what other visual tools are out there that can help marketers become more influential.
While anti-stock photo was on the top of my list of requirements, I also wanted to find tools that were non-designer friendly, because believe it or not, not everyone has a whole team of designers on hand 24/7.
So I did a little research, and this is what I've come up with.
Chisel makes it easy for users to create, share, and discuss their visual creations that words alone just wouldn't have done any justice.
When you get started with the Chisel, they'll ask you to create a "space" which is where you'll publish your creations. Depending on how you plan on using the tool, you can create one space or multiple spaces for different projects, as well as grant other's access to your space for collaboration made easy.
In terms of design capabilities, Chisel makes it easy for users to add text to a library of photos, or upload their own photos to customize.
Another fun feature they offer is the ability to add their stamps or upload your own. Since I logged in with my Twitter account Chisel provided me with Twitter bird stamps, as well as an @username stamp like I used above and a Hashtag stamp.
Pretty neat, huh?
Yet another simple, quick way to turn words into a compelling, more shareable visual. There is no account, no sign-up, no email address required to use Quozio, just good clean FREE fun.
Simply fill in the text of your choice, select one of their 30 colorful templates, and voilà!
As if that type of simplicity isn't worth it's weight in gold, Quozio also offers a bookmarklet that can be installed by just dragging it from their site straight into your bookmarks bar.
With the Quozio bookmarklet in place all you have to do is highlight the text you want to work with on any web page and hit the "Quote with Quozio" button. Just like that whatever you've selected will be transported into the tool for easy access.