Why Canva was my Best Friend and Worst Nightmare

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Why Canva was my Best Friend and Worst Nightmare

Upon finishing my brand comparison paper this week I was given a chance to reflect on the tool I spent so much time with during this project. I will say our relationship was a mixed bag.

The Ups:

  1.  I created my paper on a Flyer, which I thought was just a fancy name for a presentation that was vertically aligned instead of horizontal. Boy, was I wrong! After days of typing, adding images, and laying out designs I found out that my entire paper was being created on a 5 by 7-inch document. I did find that Canva’s paid version had a quick fix to this. Resizing. I was so happy that I didn’t have to start over so major props to Canva for thinking about this.
  2. Adding images to Uploads was super easy with Canva’s drag and drop functionality. I was happy about this because I used a ton of images throughout my paper.
  3. The third thing that I really liked about Canva was the design freedom it gives users. I was able to utilize templates and create my own designs, with overlays, lines, transparent pictures, typography, and basically anything else I could think of. The ability to re-imagine templates, or create completely news ones sets Canva apart in my mind. I especially loved that I was able to make this mood board so easily.

The Downs:

  1. Canva was so so bad at saving my work. I don’t know if it was just me, but at least once a day I would give me an error message indicating that my changes hadn’t been saved. It would say you might want to copy and paste what you’ve written because your changes aren’t saving. And even better… after it would say this the page would freeze and I couldn’t copy anything. This annoying bug really slows me down so I hope Canva improves on it in the future.
  2. The last problem I found was that Canva had no way to indicate where the printing margins would be. Essentially if you are designing or writing to the edge of the page, this work would be cut off in printing. I think this would be an easy fix for Canva. All they would have to do is add adjustable document guidelines. Hopefully, they will add this feature in the future.

All in all, Canva was a pretty good designing website. Did anyone else run into any major Canva problems or like any of their other features?


3 Comments

Ryan Read

Ryan Read

October 14, 2018at 10:38 pm

Yeah, I had some of the same problems you had. I had problems with saving my paper, and ran into lots of issues when trying to upload images. I kept having error messages when uploading images, but was able to quickly fix the problem. I think Canva is great and makes designing a paper much easier than PowerPoint, but PowerPoint’s functionality is much better.

Kelly Ahern

Kelly Ahern

October 15, 2018at 11:06 am

I used Canva for my brand comparison paper too and I didn’t run into any of these particular issues, but like any presentation tool, Canva has it’s faults. My biggest issue I ran into was the page limit Canva has for presentations. It caps at 30 pages, promoting you to make another presentation and combine them. This would have been fine except I wanted to go back in and add some slides in the current presentation but I had no way of transferring the ending slides to the new presentation. Ultimately, I think the pros of Canva far exceed any cons but I can appreciate the worries you must have had with your saving issues.

Sophie Bluestein

Sophie Bluestein

October 15, 2018at 11:47 am

I was so intimidated by CANVA this sumer when i was asked to use it during my internship. The differnt tools seemed far too confusing. However, after about a week of practice I ended up loving this creative tool. I reached beyond what I thought i could do and created fun and exciting social media content for the company. It was very useful when It was time to create my Brand Comparison project. CANVA is a great tool and I have learned to love it.

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