Creating Digital Content

The rise in popularity of digital information sharing platforms such as YouTube and social media has added to the effectiveness of digital content. Being able to create good quality digital contents is an asset for anyone who needs to reach out to an audience. At the same time, it has become important to be aware of the laws governing the use of digital contents. In this second theme of the toolkit, we focus on the foundation required to create digital contents.

Lessons and Classroom Activities

1. Content creation process for graphic design

Most content creators follow similar processes that have evolved over time. Understanding such processes can help beginners save time, minimize initial phases of frustrations and get a good start. Graphic design is presented here as a secondary content to show the creation process at work. Nevertheless, it’s growing quickly and might, in years to come, establish itself as a basic skill equivalent to writing/typing.

2. Intellectual Property and Copyright

Most digital contents are built on pre-existing contents. It is important for a content creator to know when they are rightfully building on another creator’s content and when it’s considered as theft. Being aware of copyright, its exceptions, creative commons and public domain helps a content creator avoid legal problems while creating quality contents.

3. Generating ideas for digital contents

Every content begins with an idea. Content creators spend considerable time looking for good ideas. Being equipped with some effective techniques to generate ideas is immensely helpful for any content creator.

Karkhana Blogs

1. Intellectual Property and Copyright

  • Debatable cases on copyright - In this blog, we present two cases of copyright violation which had stirred debates and compelled the legal authorities to think deeper about what copyright means
  • Creative commons - What does it mean when something is licensed under the creative commons? What are its types? What rights do they grant the user? We’ll answer these questions in this blog.
  • Exceptions to copyright - Copyright law has made room for some exceptions where the protected materials can be used without permission from the author. In this blog, we explore this matter.

2. Content Creation Process for graphic design

3. Generating ideas for digital contents


1. Intellectual Property and Copyright

Introduction to Intellectual Property | Crash Course discusses the three major elements of IP: Copyright, Patents, and Trademarks.

Copyright Basics | Copyright Clearance Center explains the basics of U.S. copyright law and how it affects you at work.

Copyright Basics | Crash Course teaches the basics of copyright in the United States. These basics apply to most countries with minor variations.

YouTube's Copyright System Isn't Broken. The World's Is. explores the recent debates about copyright issues on YouTube and in the process provides knowledge about the nuances of copyright.

2. Content creation process for graphic design

Creating Quality Digital Content | Deakin Library covers planning, showcasing your skills and considerations when publishing online

Canva Tutorial for Beginners teaches how to use Canva for beginners, and shares a few advanced tips

The Video Production Process explains the 8 key steps of video production process

3. Why Disinformation Spreads

The Power of a Mind to Map: Tony Buzan at TEDxSquareMile talks about the effectiveness of mind maps

Generating Ideas with Divergent Thinking describes a list of divergent thinking strategies with explanations of how this type of thinking can be applied to Design Situations

Divergent Thinking vs Convergent Thinking introduces divergent and convergent thinking in comparison to each other

Other Reading Resources

1. Search and Research using Google

2. Content creation process for graphic design

3. Generating ideas for digital contents

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