More than just icons! I use this site for images, illustrations and other graphic elements. They are great for creating infographics too! Many images are available in 512×512 pixels, which are great considering most eLearning courses are 540 pixels high.

What you’ll find:

  • Over 450,000 icons
  • Most are free! Paid sets are also available.
  • 70% is paid out to the icon designers
  • Icons in PNG, ICO, ICNS, AI and CSH formats



Adobe-VoiceAdobe Voice (iPad App)

This is my favourite new app! It is perhaps the simplest video creator and storytelling tool every designed, and true to Adobe’s brand, is powerful & beautiful. Simply talk to tell a story and choose from 1000’s of images and icons (or add your own) to help bring your message to life. Adobe voice can create standalone videos or can be embedded into an eLearning course. It’s a great way to add engagement to your eLearning modules!




If you haven’t heard of Pixlr then you’re missing out. This powerful (and free) trio of image editing tools from Autodesk is a must have for every eLearning designer. While similar to Photoshop, I’ve found myself using the Pixlr suite on occasion because of its simplicity. Pixlr Express and Pixlr O-matic are also available as a mobile app.

What you’ll find:

  • Pixlr Editor: “A robust photo editor, for all your editing needs.” (Similar to Photoshop)
  • Pixlr Express: “A fun and powerful photo editor for making quick fixes or adding your personal style”
  • Pixlr O-matic: “Transform your photos into cool, vintage images by adding fun retro effects, overlays and borders.”



Bing_Image_searchGoogle & Bing image search

Never, EVER, use Clipart, this is not kindergarten. Seriously. Photos and illustrations only please. Did you know an enormous selection of free, USABLE images are available from Google & Bing via their image search tools. Be careful though; be sure to select the appropriate Licence type from the drop down menu. As always, cite your sources appropriately! … Stuck on references and citation? Look at the next free tool, RefME…



“Referencing, MadeEasy”

RefME is a free web and mobile tool which generates citations, reference lists and bibliographies and automates the entire process. You can search by book/journal article title, DOI, ISBN, ISSN or simply copy and paste any website URL to create a reference in seconds. You can even scan books & journals with your mobile device!




An infographic can be a powerful way to deliver your message. Especially in eLearning courses where learners are disengaged and tired of seeing lists of bullet points. Venngage is a simple tool for creating beautiful infographics. The free version includes a limited set of icons, themes and templates but is still a great start. For a nominal fee, you can get access to a huge number of maps, icons, themes, charts etc. For non-designers, this is a great tool if you ever need to create powerful infographics.