What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- making new creations
- producing new content
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.