From Zero to Professional in very few clicks
September 16, 2019

From Zero to Professional in very few clicks

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Canva

Canva, due to its free-to-use nature, is used widely throughout our organisation by individuals for creating immersive infographics, beautiful advertisements, and a massive range of graphic design items. It has been used for wine labeling, software workflow training, items for use in product manuals, as well as to create media for corporate presentations.
  • Self-explanatory and easy to use making graphic design available to the untrained user.
  • Wide variety of templates for items from posters, to wine labels, taking the effort out of researching the core template.
  • Free to use for the basic requirements of most users thus allowing valuable currency to be spent professional logos and images used in the selected media.
  • The user interface could feature template items grouped in a more efficient way to allow easy identification.
  • Security of the platform could be greatly improved, especially after the recent hack that left millions of addresses and passwords out in the open.
  • A Canva integration with Shutterstock to provide access to a large library of stock photos would be a great improvement.
  • Company infographics have been received much better and the information has been effectively communicated and implemented. Employees actually want to read the content.
  • Canva has allowed the company to display professional, graphic-design level imagery and content without having to fork out large amounts of money.
  • With the recent breach in security at Canva in which details were exposed, the company may re-evaluate the use of Canva within our high security environment, thus leading to another process to identify an on-premises platform.
In my previous experiences, all of my attempts at Graphic Design were based on hashing various pictures and icons together in programs such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Paint. These designs reek of amateurism and anyone who has used these programs can identify their designs from a mile away. Canva takes the effort out of creating designs and allows you to be creative in a very short space of time.
Whilst I like Canva and have never had a bad experience with the software, as well as never having had to deal with their customer support, I have given them a low rating due to their response to the recent security breach. I was never notified directly by Canva that my information had been compromised and I had to rely on a third-party service to let me know.
Well Suited:
  • Creation of immersive infographics and explainer posters,
  • Creation of labels for wine bottles,
  • Marketing material creation for brochures,
  • Logo design.
Not Well Suited:
  • To replace a graphic designer (In-depth designs, coordination of layouts, colour schemes, and sizing are not always done well by untrained persons),
  • To review a design for you and give comment on colour schemes and layout,
  • To create large, text-heavy posters.

Using Canva

Canva is an extremely usable platform that even a first time user can use to create professional graphic designs and imagery. The layout is structured such that everything comes intuitively, for instance drag-and-drop from desktop to browser is seamless and Canva changes tabs based on what you are inputting. The platform has impressed me immensely and I have found it to be the easiest to use and best basic graphic design editor available.