This article went out in my newsletter a couple of weeks ago, but I've had so many requests that I thought I'd publish it here too. Enjoy!
Since moving to Paris five years ago and launching Rue Rodier, Instagram has become a big part of my life. Like getting dressed in the morning, there’s not a day that doesn’t go by when I don’t check the app. And with the launch of Stories in August 2016, the amount of time I spend in this space has only increased – although I try to carve out segments in my day to spend there rather than look at the app every time I have a spare moment – very easy to do, believe me. Admittedly there are days that I want complete anonymity in my daily comings and goings. But on other days (when I'm travelling or doing something a little more interesting than working from home), I relish publishing my own reality TV show. But either way, I do try to bring a bit of artistic license to my Stories. So I’ve sought out a few apps that help me be a little more creative in the Stories sphere.
Here are my top five apps to inspire you with yours:
This is the app I use to edit most of my Stories – it allows you to create boarders in different colours around your images and videos, crop photos and trim videos, as well as create collages. And you can move visuals around inside the canvas and make them any size you want.
You might remember this app from older Instagram days, when you wanted to add text over an image. You can still do this, but you can also overlay images too. Great for creating collages or building a story from your images.
I’m sure you’ve seen the videos with seemingly extra sparkle. That’ll be kirakira+. It creates a filter that adds diamond-like sparkle to everything. Great if you’re showcasing jewellery or wearing a sequin dress, or just want to add a bit of extra bling.
Wordswag as you might guess from the name is a bank of cool backgrounds and fonts. It’s how I create my marble backgrounds and fancy fonts that I've used to promote articles on Rue Rodier.
This is a another good source for typography, but with a twist. This app animates your words - hence the 'hype'. You can choose different fonts and colours and then they are animated to move across your screen when posting.