Design DB is a free database of design resources available online, including design templates, freebies and design assets curated and vetted for quality control. Free.
Blender: a free intermediate 3D tool for pretty much anything: animation, rendering, modeling, etc. Blender’s open-source software model allows for a great community of users. While offering an impressive wheelhouse, however, the interface of this downloadable software is a rather complex. Free.
MeshMixer: a simple introductory software for 3D modeling, able to easily clean up 3D scans, create new models and help you fix problematic geometry. MeshMixer asks you to “think of it as a sort of ‘Swiss Army Knife’ for 3D meshes.” Free.
Sculptris is a fun introduction to digital sculpting (aka 3D sculpting). This downloadable software mimics clay sculpting in its methods and is incredibly intuitive and easy to learn. Users are able to paint and customize models easily. Free.
JuxtaposeJS: create frame comparisons by using a slider and two images, as this example:
ExplainEverything: a tablet-based application that enables you to create videos using original material such as a slideshow presentation, voice-over, images and others and its visual library. Paid.
StoryboardThat: quickly turn a narrative into a storyboard with this simple online platform featuring thousands of character and background images. FREE/Premium.
Storybird Studio: a visual storytelling platform that curates original artwork to illustrate (and inspire) user-authored stories. Offers free educational accounts with simple classroom management tools.
Creaza Cartoonist: Creaza Cartoonist is part of a suite of education-specific software including a storyboarding tool, a video editor, an audio editor, and a mind-mapping tool. Creaza Cartoonist is available on iPad as well as in the browser. Requires a license.
Lucidpress: a drag-and-drop design platform that helps you create (and collaborate on) newsletters, magazines, posters, etc. Backs up different version history of your projects and offers easy import an flexible sharing options. Integrates with Google Classroom. Education accounts available for FREE.
Canva: a browser-based tool for designing, editing, and collaborating on presentations, posters, images, and more. Canva counts with a large library of images, icons, and fonts (some of which are free, others available for purchase) and an easy-to-use dashboard. FREE. iOS app available.
LucidChart: Create flowcharts, floor plans, wireframes, and more with LucidChart. It features a drag-and-drop functionality and real-time collaboration. Finished documents can be exported as a PDF, an image, or embedded into a webpage. Free accounts have a 5 document limit. FREE/PRO
iMindMap: brainstorm and mind-mapping application with tools for sketching, audio notes, 3D graphics, and presentation modes. Available for desktop and mobile devices. Paid.
SimpleMind: simple mind map application available for desktop and mobile devices. FREE/Premium.
gliffy: online diagram software that works directly on your browser for creating flowcharts, wireframes, UML diagrams and more. FREE/Premium; paid plug-in available.
SpiderScribe: web-based mind-mapping platform that can combine elements like text, images, files, calendar events and geographic locations. Offers options for drawing layouts, real-time collaboration and website embedding. FREE/Premium.
mindomo: mind-mapping and presentation software with cloud storage and sync options available with paid subscription. Option for educational account offers collaborative and teaching platforms for assignments, adding course materials, inviting student input, and more. Available for desktop and mobile devices. FREE/Premium.
Popplet: Popplet allows users to create mind maps with text and images. It is quick and easy to use, but has few advanced functions. Allows collaboration on group Popplets. Available as a web or iPad app. Free/Premium.
Preview (Mac): default image viewer and editor on Mac desktops and laptops, Preview offers a limited number of capabilities such as text annotation and markups, changing image orientations, cropping, adjusting color and size, as well as exporting files in different formats.