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Top Tips for Canva

July 6, 2016 - Fifteen

Have you created a blog and need a cool, funky design to use as a cover? If so, head over to Canva. Canva allows you to make covers for all different things, from albums to blogs, Facebook to Twitter and much more. Using illustrations and icons to give it a cartoony feel, Canva is a very modern, popular and simple tool.

For those wanting to create a blog using Canva, here are my top tips for a great design!

1 – Don’t be afraid to resize things!

Sometimes, manipulating the size of a certain element of your design can add emphasis and highlight the key points that you want to get across. It can sometimes be like a visual onomatopoeia. This comes in useful when designing things like infographics, where you want to display a range of information in a way that is easy to understand and process for the viewer. Take a look at one of our infographics.

2 – Use colours wisely…

When your choosing your colour scheme, make sure you choose colours that relate to your topic. For instance, if your creating a design about a happy subject, don’t use negative colours. All colours have a connotation and a meaning, do some research before choosing your colours! Fast food chains including McDonalds, Burger King and restaurant Pizza Hut all use the colours red and yellow in their logos. With McDonalds, the golden arches can be see from far in the distance which entices customers in because their minds are thinking about their food. The size, however, is not the key point in being able to see the sign. It’s the colour. Having a bright yellow sign draws you in even quicker than how big the sign is.

3 – Use related fonts

Fonts can help you massively in getting your point across. Sans serif fonts are modern, whereas serif fonts (the older looking ones) are more traditional. The weight of the font can also have an impact on your design, so just make sure that the fonts you choose relate to your subject. If your using multiple typefaces, try to choose fonts that are in the same family. This allows your design to have a continuous theme throughout.

4 – The best route is usually the simplest one!

Simplicity is key. Simple. One of the most successful brands in the world is Apple. They have one of the most basic logos around, but it is instantly recognisable. Nike’s logo, for example, is designed so simply. It is a basic tick, but it is extremely effective and simple.

5 – Clichés? No thank-you.

Whatever you do in your work, don’t use clichés. If anything, do the opposite. Be unique and make your work different, think outside the box. If you use clichés, just think of how many people will have work similar to yours, you may not get the recognition you deserve.

6 – Grid layouts look more professional.

Keeping text boxes, images and any other content you are using in an orderly form can work wonders for your design. Having images rotated and all over the place can make it look like a jumble sale and like a bit of a joke. If you want your audience to take your work seriously, then a grid-style layout will be extremely useful for you.

7 – Try different things…

At first, no idea is a bad idea. If you think of something make a note of it or try it out! Don’t be afraid to try things in your work. If it doesn’t work, then try something else! If you don’t try something then you’ll never know what the outcome could have been. But if you try it, and it doesn’t work out the way you wanted, then at least you tried, and you can have a go at something else.

8 – Be yourself, let your identity and your ideas shine through into your design.

Don’t be a sheep and follow the crowd, be individual and be true to yourself.

When push comes to shove, your design is your design. No single person in the world can tell you what YOU want, so be unique.


This design uses points 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7.

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