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Why You Need to Check Out Canva Before You Make Your Next Graphic

Published Friday, January 10, 2020

Looking for graphic design resources that don't require designer-level skills? 

Look no further than Canva.

WTF is Canva?

Canva is a simplified graphic-design tool that uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to photographs, vector images, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals and can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.

Tip #1: Focus on Readability

Claire started by highlighting the need for readability. Design is a fun way to experiment but the end result still needs to prioritize function over form in order to make sure your message is conveyed effectively. She focused on minimal text along with consistent colors and fonts.

Also necessary is feedback. As Claire said, “We’re building these designs to share, not to hide away!” Show off what you create with Canva and make sure it all makes sense for your audience. Keep asking questions, others will help you define your content more effectively. 

Canva offers a sharing option that makes this easy.

Tip #2: Paid is an Option, Free Works Just Fine 

Canva is a free site that offers a professional version for a small monthly fee. 

Free Canva offers you full editing capabilities, the ability to share an in-progress design with others via email, as well as integration with apps like Dropbox, Google Maps, Facebook, Mailchimp, and more! 

So why upgrade to the paid option? The pro version offers you a chance to save your brand kit (inserting logos, brand colors, and fonts with one click). It also opens up more photos and design elements to use, as well as allowing you to download designs as an animation or GIF.

Tip #3: Recommended Resources

Canva is an intuitive resource so you can certainly dive right in and get started. That being said, there are tons of resources to help you create more effectively, in a way that not only conveys information but promotes your brand image.

Claire suggests:

Fellow members:

Revisioning the concept of traditional work environments and moving to a collaborative space has been an amazing opportunity for our organization to remain engaged with our constituents and expand our connections in the community.

—Kitty Campbell

"MatchBOX is helping my company (One Fact) survive and prosper. The affordable space is only the start. It is the connection with the other co-coworkers that is proving helpful. MatchBOX gets a share of credit for any success One Fact sees in 2017!”

—Cortland Starrett

MatchBOX is where I met some of my newest best friends, Amanda, Emily, Matt, Ed, and sometimes Ryan. It's conveniently located near Kathy's candies and a bunch of places to get drinks during lunch. Could use a couple more Pokestops though.

<3 Austin Toombs

MatchBOX has provided an incredible opportunity for getting my work done, collaborating with others (at least 4 projects so far), hosting meetings for organizations I'm part of, and meeting other independent contractors in the area. The feel and ambience of the place just adds to the fabulous workplace -- not to mention the coffee and snacks! I have friends around the country who are jealous of our MatchBox space.

—Johanna Merritt Wu

My Enactus Purdue team got a tour of this studio recently. The environment is outstandingly innovative! Everyone there is incredibly friendly and hospitable and passionate about what they are doing. What a great place to see opportunity in the city of Lafayette!

—Acaimie Catron (from Facebook)

There is such a positive, creative vibe to this space. I participated in Lafayette Writers' Studio events and classes at MatchBOX fall, 2016. It is easy to access, convenient to downtown Lafayette and parking is not difficult in its area of town.

—Sandra B. (from Yelp)