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Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts.[1][2][3] It is used by non-designers as well as professionals.[1][4] The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.[5]

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Type of site
Design software
Commercial Yes
Launched 2012


The company was founded 1 January 2012 in Australia by Melanie Perkins, who had previously founded Fusion Books, Australia's largest yearbook publisher.[6][7][8] Canva rapidly became popular, with more than 750,000 users in its first year.[9] Social-media and technology expert Guy Kawasaki joined the company as chief evangelist in April 2014.[10]

As of 2018, the company employs 200 people and has offices both in Australia and San Francisco. The firm has not yet made a profit. For the 2016-17 financial year, revenue increased from $AU 6.8m to $AU 23.5m, with losses of $3.3m. In January 2018 founder Melanie Perkins announced that during the most recent round of investor funding the company was valued at $US 1bn.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Perez, Sarah. "Canva Launches A Graphic Design Platform Anyone Can Use". Tech Crunch. 26 August 2013.
  2. ^ Lancet, Yaara; Zukerman, Erez. "Canva review: Free tool brings much-needed simplicity to design process". PC World. 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ Swallow, Erica. "Canva Makes Great Design More Accessible". Forbes. 18 November 2013.
  4. ^ Handley, Ann (2014). Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content. John Wiley & Sons. p. 275. 
  5. ^ Hoisington, Corinne (2014). Technology Now: Your Companion to SAM Computer Concepts. Cengage Learning. pp. 11–20. 
  6. ^ Stanton, Griffith, Kate, Hywel (2018). "The 30-year-old woman who designed a $1bn business". BBC News. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  7. ^ Naughton, Julia (15 September 2016). "Canva CEO Melanie Perkins On Creating A Multi-Million Dollar Company". Huffington Post. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Canva: Overview Crunchbase. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  9. ^ Campbell, Rebekah (15 September 2014). "The Problem With Going Into Business With a Friend". New York Times. 
  10. ^ Pankaj, Mishra. Canva Raises $3 Million To Make Design Accessible To Everyone Tech Crunch. 16 April 2014.
  11. ^ Stanton, Kate; Griffith, Hywel (2018-01-09). "The 30-year-old woman who designed a $1bn business". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  12. ^ Chau, David (2018-01-09). "Canva: Online design startup joins generally overvalued 'unicorn' club". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 

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