Canva

Canva is a very simple, free to use, online infographic creation platform. It has a drag and drop interface and a range of templates that you can adapt. You can upload your own images and choose from a large number of pre-configured layouts.

This resource and the following information was contributed to BetterEvaluation by Alice Macfarlan (BetterEvaluation and ANZSOG).

Authors and their affiliation

Canva.com 

Year of release

2012

Type of launch

Tool

Key features

  • A range of templates for designing things such as: flyers, social media images, infographics (including templates for timelines, informational/advocacy (charity), business reporting), banners, brochures, logos
  • Click-and-drag interface
  • Ability to upload own images or purchase stock images from within platform
  • Paid upgrade available which enables ability to upload brand fonts
  • Multiple file types available when downloading graphics

Who is this resource useful for?

  • Evaluators
  • Those involved in evaluation capacity strengthening
  • Communications teams

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

I typically use InDesign if I need to make something particularly design heavy, however if I just need to quickly resize or combine two images, or add a bit of text, Canva can be an easier and quicker option. 

Why would you recommend it to other people?

I've recommended this tool to people who aren't design experts as an easy option for creating graphics. The template library is a great starting point for design inspiration and the templates are easy to edit. 

As with all infographic tools, while they can offer a helpful way to create your graphics, they are only as powerful as the thought that has gone into the process and design, so I'd probably also recommend people take a look at Joitske Hulsebosch's BetterEvaluation guestblog on creating infographics to make your results go viral.

Source

Canva (2015). Canva [Website]. Retrieved from https://www.canva.com/create/infographics/

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