Digital signage content is one of the most dynamic ways for businesses and orgs to get their message seen, but it really only has an impact on your customers and teams if the content is relevant and engaging.
Creating that kind of compelling content used to be the wheelhouse of graphic design teams, while the job of publishing it fell to IT. Or, it lived in the nebulous space between the two with confused users scratching their heads thinking How should I size my content? What about formatting? Where should it come from? How do I put it up on my screen?
Thanks to the introduction of cloud-based digital signage and user-friendly visual content editors, anyone can create professional digital signage content. And now with Fugo’s design studio, you can eliminate those pesky questions altogether as the tool brings together every element needed for seamless digital signage content creation:
- A flexible visual content editor
- A library of media and customizable app integrations
- Content carousels
- Unlimited screen zoning
Why use Fugo’s Design Studio?
While there are a few digital signage visual editors out there, there aren’t any quite like Fugo Studio. And that’s not just us tooting our own horn. The design studio is the first of its kind to make use of what are known as containers.
Containers are self contained content carousels within a screen that's been split into zones. They allow you to create a carousel of different apps or media within one zone of your screen, while another zone of your screen might contain its own carousel. Think of it like having playlists for different portions of your screens. If that sounds confusing, don’t worry - we’ll show you what we mean later on in section 4 of the guide.
Other benefits of the design studio:
- It’s responsive. Fugo creates content that is ‘screen-ready’ for you in real time while you’re working in the canvas, so you don’t have to worry about screen dimensions or resolutions.
- It’s intuitive. If you can use Google slides (and everybody can use Google slides) then you can use Fugo Studio. It’s similar to design tools you’re probably already familiar with (think Canva or PosterMyWall.)
- It reduces design strain. The drag and drop interface makes it easy to add media and apps like GSuite, social media, Looker, and more, to your canvas. Apps are especially great for pulling content from where it already lives in your organization, rather than you having to constantly find content to push.
- It’s flexible. There are no preconfigured layouts or rigid zones. You can drag and layer content until you get to the bespoke content layout you want.
Design Studio Guide
This guide will walk you through the functionality of using Fugo’s design studio to create, zone, and order digital signage content for your screens and channels.
We understand that managing multiple content assets can quickly become overwhelming, especially when you don’t have tools that give you the flexibility you need. Fugo helps you overcome this with an intuitive, frictionless approach to publishing content on screen.
If you’d rather watch one of our team members take you through the studio, you can check out our video tutorial:
For all the readers out there (you’re my people ✊) continue on below.
Table of contents:
- A tour of the studio controls & tools
2. How to add media & apps to your content
3. How to zone your screen
4. How to use containers to create independent content carousels
Let’s get started!
1. A tour of the studio controls & tools
1.1 Log into your Fugo account. If you don’t have one yet, you can sign up for a 14-day free trial here.
1.2 Click on Studio in the top navigation bar
1.3 This will take you to your studio content library. To create a new content item, click Create in Studio in the top right corner.
1.4 This will open up a blank canvas for you. Real quick, let’s talk about the tools and controls:
To the right of the canvas is the Settings Panel, where you’ll choose and customize the settings for the media and apps you add to your content.
To the left of the canvas is the Slides Panel, where you’ll add new slides to your content and change the order of your slides.
To the top of the canvas is the Design Elements Toolbox, where you can add text boxes and shapes.
Above that are the Orientation and Zoom Controls. The Orientation Controls let you choose between landscape and portrait mode for your canvas, so you can live preview what your content will look like on screen.
Hint: Fugo automatically optimizes your content for your screens’ dimensions and resolution, so you don’t have to define any of that beforehand. We’ll do that work for you 😎
Alright, now that you’re familiar with the parts of the studio, it’s time to get creatin’ 💪
2. How to add media and apps to your content
2.1 If you want to add media to your canvas, click Media on your settings panel and select the image, video, or audio file you want to add. If it’s not in your library already, you can upload it via the media picker. Once it’s uploaded, find it in the panel and add it to your canvas.
Hint: There are two ways to add an item to your canvas. Either drag & drop it onto the canvas, or click its icon in the settings panel. Either way, it will be added and it will automatically fill the full dimensions of the screens (this goes for media and apps.)
2.2 You can resize your object freehand or by using the gridlines to help guide your object into position. You can also drag objects around the canvas.
2.3 You can make adjustments to your media in the settings panel to the right. You can also change its orientation, order in respect to other objects (bring to front, send to back, etc..), alignment, and duration (how long the media displays on screen inside a carousel or playlist.)
2.4 Adding apps works the same as adding media. Select the app you want to add from the library in the settings panel. Add it to your canvas. Resize and reposition as you want, then change the settings in the right hand panel.
Hint: Some apps (such as Twitter or Google Drive, for example) will require you to login from Fugo. You’ll need to authorize us to pull your content ✅
Awesome, now that you know how to add content, let’s look at how to zone your screen for multiple pieces of content!
3. How to zone your screen
This is where you get to be REALLY creative with your content! There are so many options for laying out and arranging your content, this guide could become a novel if we were to show you ALL THE THINGS 🤯
We’ll show you how to create a simple zoned screen before we dive into carousels in the next section.
What's screen zoning?
A zoned screen is just a screen that has been split into zones to accommodate different pieces of content. In our Fugo Studio, zones are not preconfigured or arranged, so there really is no limit to how many objects you can add to your screen (though we would recommending sticking to a relatively modest amount - nobody can focus on a screen that’s too busy.)
There is no button or switch or layout selector to split your screen. Simply start adding objects to your canvas, sizing them, and positioning them around your screen. That’s it!
Hint: I toggled on the Transparent Background setting on my World Clock app in order to lay it over the image of London.
4. How to use containers to create independent content carousels
Ahhhhhh, now we’re cookin’ 🍳! The final element of the design studio (and what makes it so incredibly unique) is the ability to create content carousels within different zones of your screen. That’s right. You can have mini-playlists within each portion of your screen all playing at once.
You can do this using containers and timelines. A container refers to the zone of your screen that contains the content carousel. Your timeline appears underneath your canvas when you create a carousel, and displays the order of your content in that carousel.
Here’s how to create a carousel:
4.1 Choose your media or app from your settings panel and drag it towards the zone you want your carousel to go in. While you’re dragging, a white box will appear over your content. Drop your object into that box. Your timeline will now appear underneath your canvas. In my example, I’ll be adding the Weather app to my container with the Countdown app.
4.2 To adjust the duration of each piece of content in the carousel, click the container. Then you can either use the Duration field in the settings panel or drag the edges of each piece of content in the timeline to lengthen or shorten their duration. You can also drag the content around to change its order within the carousel.
You can repeat this process for any container on any slide! The full duration of the slide will always be the combined duration of all the content on the slide (including containers.)
Publishing your studio content
When you’re happy with your content, make sure to give it a name then click Save and Close in the top right corner.
In order to publish your new content to screen, you’ll need to add it to a playlist. You can find the directions for creating and publishing a playlist here.
There you have it! It really is that easy to create smart, stunning digital signage content with Fugo’s design studio 🎨
Got a question?
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org any time you’re feeling stuck!