Graphic design is not easy. It requires a knowledge of principles and elements of art. You have to know how people read images. You must be familiar with color harmonies. There’s a lot to know. Oh, and it’s time consuming too! Designing an effective and good-looking document can take quite some time. But there is really nothing like looking at a well-designed document and saying “Yup, I put that together.” It is a sense of accomplishment.
Well graphic design just got a whole lot easier and quicker. Enter Canva.com. It’s an online service that makes well-designed documents and graphics something for anybody. Canva is a drag and drop style document editor for social media graphics, invitations, posters, infographics and much more. There are a bunch of templates that you can start with that are out of this world.
There’s even a Design School with lessons on graphic design principles. You can learn about how to use color in your design, effective images, good and bad fonts, and much more. Some of the lessons are really great and could be used in the classroom, and some are a bit more basic.
The service itself is free, but if you want to use some of the premium images or layouts as a part of your design, thats where you will start to get charged. But you can design all day long with the free images, or by uploading your own. You can share and collaborate on a design with a friend, and then download it as an image or PDF when done.
I used Canva to create a few quick graphics for myself. It was easy, quick, and i was very pleased with the results. I would highly recommend Canva.com to anyone who wants to create great looking documents and graphics, but doesn’t have the means themselves. It is a fantastic tool for teachers and students. Try it out! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.