Tools & Guides

A few tools, people and guides that I find useful.

Design Tool for Non-Designers

Canva makes it simple to create headers and visual elements for websites, social media pages, and a whole lot of other things.

Design Guide

I like this Pixel Perfect Guide to digital design principles by UsTwo. Useful reading + rules of thumb.

Image sizing

TinyPNG is a free web-based service that shrinks PNG files to a size suitable for posting online. They smoodge JPGs now too. Just brilliant.

Image Editing

Pic Monkey is a fantastic freemium web-based photo editing service. Super easy to use.

Guide to Local Government

A guide for journalists (or anyone, really) on how local government works in New Zealand. Published each year by the Local Government Association.

Down for Everyone?

Find out whether a website that won’t load is Down for Everyone or Just Me.

Inflation Calculator

Use the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Inflation Calculator to see what $x now would have bought you in the past.

Embeddable Timelines

TimelineJS is an open source tool that lets you create “visually-rich interactive timelines in 40 languages.” Created by the Knight Lab.

Stats Chat

Stats Chat does a great job checking headlines and numerical and statistical claims made in news stories for accuracy. Essential reading alongside New Zealand journalism.