Overall Satisfaction with Canva
Canva is an easy-to-use design web-based design software. Canva is used by our marketing team internally to create designs for a variety of mediums: handouts, flyers, social media, email banners, infographics, case studies, etc. Canva's simple-to-use and friendly functionality allow our entire team to contribute to design (following brand guidelines) easily.
- Canva is easy to use for beginners or people with little design experience. Other tools such as Adobe Illustrator can be overwhelming to the beginner designer, but Canva is easy to learn.
- With a paid version of Canva, you can set up branding colors and font for your profile, helping everyone that interacts with and designs in the tool create collateral that aligns with your brand.
- Canva offers a variety of free and paid images (illustrations and photography) that your team can use, if you do not want to create a piece entirely from scratch, saving you time.
- Canva does not allow you to underline text. That might not seem like a huge issue, but it is a tedious task to manually underline text with drawn lines.
- Canva had a security breach, and all of their users had to change their login information and passwords. Security breaches are never encouraging, and I'm glad our team downgraded from the paid version so that our payment information is no longer attached to our account.
- Canva should allow you to save your favorite illustrations or photos in a folder so you don't have to search terms and scroll for them every time.
- Canva saves our team time. Our team is small, so we don't always have the time to design in Adobe Illustrator. Canva is simple and easy-to-use which allows our team to create design collateral quickly.
- Canva is an easy design tool for people with little design experience to create quality designs. This extends the talent and marketing reach of our team to create visual components to compliment our marketing content.
- I do not recommend Canva for large design projects or anything website/blog based. Instead, use Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
Canva is intended for people with little to no design experience, where they can produce something quickly and efficiently that still is quality. As previously mentioned, for larger design projects and any website/blog based designs and images I suggest having a tenured designer work within Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop where there are more advanced features.
Canva is well suited for a designer with little experience that is looking to create something quickly without sacrificing quality. For larger design projects (Press Releases, Infographics, Case Studies) and anything that is website/blog based I recommend having an experienced designer use Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop to create those designs following brand guidelines.