During the last few weeks, we have started using a tool called TRELLO to coordinate the production processes of some of our working groups. Specifically, today we want to describe the production processes for the memes that we publish on social networks which are becoming more and more efficient and distributed.
While our volunteers who form part of the content group select the phrases and ideas to visually communicate, a visual design team decides on the photos, which must be royalty free or under a creative commons license, to use with each of these ideas. Once the proposal has been developed and approved by the visual coordinating team, the designers finish the layout and then we have our meme ready to publish. Every week, we publish one of the memes, usually on Wednesdays, always trying to make a link with the themes of the content on the Jesuit Networking project blog.
Do you want to be part of this process? Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and request the link to the TRELLO board where these actions are being carried out. The more collaborators we have working with us, the more content we will be able to generate. With a little more time to strengthen this process, we will be able to improve the quality of our work and its impact.
One of the challenges for the Visual Design group has been to produce banners and memes with an easy workflow, following the content of the blog or the topic we choose to promote each week. For this reason, from the very beginning, we realized that the official logo of the project was not working well when put on top of different images. In order to have a quick process to produce the memes, we decided to look for a monochrome version of the logo and these are some of the options we were considering.
As you can see in the last series of memes we are using the one of the left down corner.
If you have any idea or suggestion, it would be well received. If you want to join the visual design group, be free to jump in to our Facebook group following this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jesuitnetworking.networkthinking/
Many of you have asked us on these weeks where is the Jesuit Networking logo coming from. The story is quite simple. At the beginning of the project we knew we needed our own corporative image to be recognized on social networks and the web. We where looking for a modern looking logo that at the same time could be understood as partner of classic Jesuit works. And we started the work with the guys of logoglo.
The background concept was communication and networks, diversity and communion, dialogue and common agency… It was not easy to get into the right track, but after a few attempts we got into the dialogue bubbles concept, quite classic, but with a bold balance of colors… We also decided to highlight, as part of the logo, the three lines of action of the project: communicate, research, and collaborate.
We will need to improve it soon, but we thought was a good starting point for last december website launch. Now we are already trying monochrome versions, but this will be part of another post. Here you have some of the different stages of the evolution of the concept:
Our fellow collaborator José Arsenio Coto Pérez has provided us with some useful tools for searching free, high quality, creative commons images on the web. We encourage you to use this kind of visual material. But always do include the autorship of the work (A mere “Image courtesy of X” or “The rights belong to X” or “Thank you to X” or some similar formula will do)
FREE SEARCHING TOOLS
Google (New!) https://www.google.es/imghp
Compfight (Searches within Flickr) http://compfight.com/
Stock.XCHNG (a bit lame) http://www.sxc.hu/
Besides, every Monday there’s a free top quality image by iStock, ShutterStock y ThinkStock on their respective website
And every 10 days you can get 10 free pics from Unsplash. According to Arsenio, they have ‘distinctive hipspter feeling’ http://www.sxc.hu/
And here’s my tip. You will find literally hundred of thousands free images on the websites of national public libraries and archives. They are mostly vintage but they can still be very powerful if used properly. They have also a wide collection of engravings and drawings
One of the most complete databases ever. Includes some recent material. The drawback is that downloading can be a bit complicated, but you only need to copy-paste the url link.
These two offer a similar service. Good quality and a friendly interface:
Gallica, the French National Library: http://gallica.bnf.fr/?lang=ES
Biblioteca Nacional de España, Spain’s National Library:http://www.bne.es/es/Inicio/index.html
Europeana gathers material from all the national archives in the European Union. To cope with the enormity of the records, they have specific websites and offer ‘temporary exhibitions’ of material
You are free to collaborate with us. Thank you.
Post written by Dani Ramos, the head of the visual team (email@example.com)
The visual design team has been collaborating with the web contents since the beginning of this new stage of the project. Today we would like to introduce you to Arsenio Coto, one of our first volunteers of the project, who is the designer behind the banners and memes we’ve been using since January 2014.
Based on the color gradient offered by the Jesuit Networking logo, Arsenio is designing a banner and a meme per month, to be used on the webpage and promoted through the social network channels. He has also created the concept of photo mixed with “neon light” shapes we’re are already using.
If you want to join Arsenio and other volunteers in this type of work, do not hesitate on joining our Visual Design Facebook Group. We have many other graphic ideas and we really need your talent and creativity.