Strip Designer

Common Sense Media says

Simple, exciting way to create comic books using own photos.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

From the moment users launch the app, the entire process of creating a comic book can be done in a matter of minutes. That's because of the app's very user-friendly design, which makes selecting a comic strip template, importing photos, and adding effects and flourishes a simple process with intuitive touch-screen controls.

Violence & scariness

Among the 100+ stickers that users can stamp onto their virtual comic book pages are explosions, bombs, and comic book-style speech bubbles with giant words like "Bam" and "Pow." This allows users to create comic books that depict an illusion of violence, but they have to make that decision themselves.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Kids can share their completed comics via email and on social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Strip Designer is an app that allows users to take pictures with their device's camera, or import them from any other source, and implant them on a template to create their own comic books. In addition to the dozens of clip art, icons, and flourishes, users' creations are limited only by their imagination. Users can even export their creations to a universal PDF format which can be viewed on a computer, printed out, and shared with anyone.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • writing

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Most kids love retelling personal events and seeing themselves in pictures. The comic book style format of Strip Designer makes these experiences all the more engaging.

Learning Approach

Kids learn through the process of creating their own comic book pages by selecting what story they want to tell, what photos they want to use, and how they want to design each page. They can also learn by collaborating with others.

Support

The "Getting Started" tutorial takes users step-by-step through the process, but with many different examples. It doesn't display a completed page at the end of instructions. A video tutorial would be a great addition.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • writing

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn digital creation skills and improve their talents in writing, storytelling, and graphic design with Strip Designer. The open-ended nature of the app allows kids to endlessly experiment with visual elements and text as they craft their comic strips. Kids could use the app to create a new version of a school-required reading, to document a family trip in a unique format, to create an original story, and more. Strip Designer is a versatile media-creation tool that can support a range of learning goals for any subject of interest.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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What's it about?

Kids get started by tapping "Create New" and selecting a style and template for their comic strip. From there, the options feel endless. They can tap to add a photo from the device's photo album, Facebook, or Dropbox, or they can draw something using the in-app paint tool. There are dozens of text bubbles and stickers as well as formatting options for photos, text, pages, and more. Users can share their comic strips as a .jpg or PDF file via email and can export them to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, iTunes file sharing, and Dropbox.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

STRIP DESIGNER is appropriate both for people with only an ounce of creativity and some free time, as well as budding graphic designers who want to spend hours tweaking their creation until it's just right. Every comic book kids create will no doubt be unique, as even the layout is customizable -- kids can choose between a "film strip" look or an "embossed" comic book style, among several other designs. The possibilities are also endless; make those vacation photos even more exciting, turn the birthday party into a graphic novel, or change an otherwise humdrum day into an extraordinary adventure. All this combined with an intuitive user interface, just the right amount of customizable options, and the ability to export comic books to PDF format, makes this app as productive as it is rewarding and fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage your kids to check out examples of popular graphic novels to get ideas for their own comics. See our list of best graphic novels for ideas.

  • Suggest that your kids create a comic for a school project; comics are great for kids with visual learning strengths.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 19, 2013
Category:Photo & Video
Size:34.70 MB
Publisher:Jens Egeblad
Version:1.11.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator Written bymcmanuss August 30, 2012
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Zing! App hits its mark.

Great way to get kids to reflect and tell about their experiences (like a family vacation) or a fun way to mash together pictures they have hanging around. Great tool for teaching the parts of a story or presenting how-tos in the classroom, too.

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