August 30

Canva: Drag-and-drop graphic creator

Update for 2017: Canva has had infographic templates for a couple of years, but they’ve been pretty static. Last month Canva announced charts and graphs that you can base on data! Plus, now you can save a presentation to make it look like a webpage, and you can embed your Canva images rather than downloading the graphic then uploading.

Canva just keeps getting better!


Update for 2015: Canva released a Canva for Work paid program that lets companies set up templates that everyone can use to keep brand continuity among departments. $10 per person per month.

Update for 2014: Canva just released a super-awesome iPad app that lets you design with your fingers! Well worth the price — free. 🙂

Non-artistic folks like me need templates and simple instructions to create professional-looking graphics, and Canva is just the thing. The site provides modern and retro frameworks for everything from Facebook timeline images to presentation slides to business cards. It takes just a few minutes to make a badge, invitation or poster with a few clicks of the mouse — perfect for small business folks who just need a quick graphic for a newsletter, social media post or website.

Canva is still in beta, and I still see a few little bugs here and there, but it’s a great tool for quick graphics and fun creations, like my new newsletter designs. Here’s the video from my first Canva review.


desktop publishing, graphics, just plain fun, presentations, social media, web

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