There are, quite literally, thousands of memes on the Internet. And while many memes can fall into a cycle of bastardization, their format is the one uniting thread among the frenzy of spinoffs.
It could be the Most Interesting Man or just a run-of-the-mill Grumpy Cat, but all meme layouts will be similar– a background image with blocky white text outlined in black. These visual elements are usually kept consistent from meme to meme, and thus make them very recognizable.
So if it’s decided a relevant and well-timed meme fits into your communication plan (view my first post for some tips to take into consideration), then constructing your meme is next.
You may wonder: where do I find the blank meme? Is it even the right image? How do I recreate the placement and font of the signature white text?
Fret not, because memegenerator.net is a free website for building memes. It houses a library of popular blank images, and walks the user through the generation process in simple steps.
I made my own meme, and here is what I found from my experience:
1) Getting Started: Welcome To Teh Internets
The home page of memegenerator.net is rather… loud. Sorting through the many images and memes, it may be helpful to scroll through the popular memes if you need inspiration. If you’re planning to make your own, you’ll want to start in the top right corner.
Note – make sure you use the correct domain, as memegenerator.net and memegenerator.com are quite different.
2) You’re Making A Meme
After clicking ‘create a meme’, you will be prompted to follow three steps: choose the image, type the text and then generate. Memegenerator.net made these steps straightforward, and I found it easy to navigate.
One tip I would recommend is to have in mind the meme you want to use before going to create. There are so many options to choose from that it can be overwhelming. This can also make it easy to mix-up memes or use a meme in the wrong context (an Internet sin).
Something I found helpful was that after selecting an image the site feeds you other examples using that meme, so you can see if you’re on the right track.
3) Share Responsibly
What good is making a meme if not to spread the lol’s? After you generate your meme, you’ll have the option to share on your social channels.
The site may prompt you to create an account, but it is free. You can also simply drag the image onto your desktop to save it if you don’t want to create an account.
As communication professionals, we know the content creation process can get bogged-down, lengthy and overly complicated. Memegenerator.net, however, is a refreshingly well-designed web tool that expedites the meme-building process.
The website is a streamlined hub for meme construction, and saves you from having to track down the image you want to use on Google or replicate the signature blocky font in Word.