You Can Canva

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From virtual drawings to 3D models of buildings, my partner is very talented at designing stuff. I, on the other hand, don’t have a good design bone in my body.

I can’t draw. I can’t paint. Being left-handed with an unconventional grip, I can’t write properly on a whiteboard without smudging the lettering. I can’t even mow the lawn neatly, much less artistically.

But I can Canva.

Exploring Digital Zones.pngHere’s a design I made for students a few years ago as an example of how I might visualise my online identity… I spent only 5 minutes on the Canva website making this image without any pre-planning or basic notion of what I was going to do. I simply picked a category, scrolled through some free template options, and found something that inspired me. A little detail added to fill things out and I could download a high quality image with zero cost or sweat endured. It’s not the greatest thing I’ve ever made – I’m sure you could do much better by investing a little more time than I did – but it does demonstrate just how quick and easy it is to make some decent quality media online!

There are no limits to the purposes you might use Canva designs for. I’ve made them to communicate personal passions, develop podcast image thumbnails, unpack key concepts, convey important messages, and pose questions for units I teach.

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Sure, I could have simply typed dot points onto a PowerPoint slide, but I’m sure I don’t need to detail the reasons why making media like this will be much more appealing to cotemporary audiences.

Countless students I’ve worked with have fallen in love with the site and frequently make extra, non-assessed Canva content to enhance their online presence, portfolio, and professional-personal brand. I’ve found Canva to be the most appealing platform of this kind to students and tutors alike, but if you’re keen for further options to make infographics, you could check out Visually, Easelly, Venngage, Infogram, or Piktochart.

I don’t need to give you specific instructions about how to use these sites – they’re very intuitive, and it’s all a matter of just giving things a go. And if you do feel you need some further pointers, check out Canva’s own suggestions in this handy article. The advice to (among other things) think outside the box, notice your surroundings, carry around your camera, find your inspiration, experiment, and practice, practice, practice, really adds up to the same thing anyway: learn by making; learn by doing.

So if you don’t think you have a good design bone in your body, I highly recommend giving Canva a try. You’ll find that I was wrong to say that about myself at all, as Canva made clear in its response to my tweet below…


Featured image: Made with Canva… in about 20 seconds

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