A lot of the feedback I’m hearing about how to get more people using iNaturalist from the iNat World Tour discussions is that there’s demand for clear, translated, getting started materials and tutorials.
I’m doing some good-old-fashioned outreach at the Lepidoptera Society Meeting at the moment. And thought I’d trial making and distributing a new round of How-to-Use-iNaturalist Postcards.
I’m hoping to kick off a discussion here about:
- how to improve the content on these cards?
- how to get them translated?
- how to go about getting your hands on some?
- what other formats of materials (other than postcards) should we make?
How to improve the content on these cards?
I made 2 sets of cards. The first are smaller (ie 4 to a standard 8.5x11 piece of paper) and the second are larger. Each has a front and a back. I decided to focus on 3 steps on the website: a. signing up, b. uploading observations, c. identifying observations since these are, in my opinion, the core actions on iNaturalist.
Here’s the 5.5x4.25 front:
And the 5.5x4.25 back:
I’ve posted the images (in PNG format) and the raw vector files (in Adobe Illustrator format) here:
Any feedback on the content on these cards would be much appreciated.
How to get them translated?
If we were to add this text to Crowdin or TranslateWiki (the services we use to translate the rest of the site) would people be willing to translate them? Another approach would be for people to download the Adobe Illustrator files, translate them, and share the translated versions back here. Does anyone have a preferred ‘illustrator’ like application? Adobe illustrator is nice but pricy. Inkscape is a nice free application.
How to go about getting your hands on some?
One option is for people to use these files to print their own. I printed this batch out using the FedEx print online tool and then picked them up at a nearby FedEx a few hours later.
- Click on ‘Marketing Materials’
- Then click ‘Postcards’
- Drag in the ‘front’ PNG
- Click Files/Slides and ‘Add another File’ for the ‘back’
- If you dragged in the 5.5x4.25 files, click ‘Prints Per Page’ and click 4
Using the default Paper (Gloss cover 100lbs), the 5.5x4.25 cards cost 75 cents per card (the 8.5x5.5 cards are of course twice as much). I think price varies with quantity and it definitely differs if you choose different Paper.
Are there better ways we could distribute/fund making these cards available than the steps described above?
What other formats of materials (other than postcards) should we make?
This postcard is about Signing up, Uploading observations, and Identifying observations on the web. What other cards would we need to complement these? The same for iOS and the same for Android? Anything else? Are we missing anything else, like making a stronger case for why using iNat is important?