I am a huge fan of Canva, the simple and easy-to-use web-based graphic design tool. Earlier this year, the service went mobile, first with an iOS app, and now with Android. I have given the Canva Android app a spin and can tell you that it is just as great to use as the Website.
If you have been held back by not being able to afford a graphic designer, Canva is the service that lets you create professional grade designs even if you have no idea how to use regular graphic design tools. It deploys a drag-and-drop interface to help you get work done.
Drag an image to where you want it, adjust transparency; type your text, select a colour; and in a few minutes, you have a design ready for social media, for use on your website, or for printing out. You can download and share too, all from the Canva website. You do not have to install anything on your PC.
Canva iPhone App
In July, Canva went mobile and launched its iPhone app. Android users, who were left out in the cold, put on sackcloth and sat in ashes. I was one of them. If there was one design app I desperately needed on my smartphone, it was the Canva app.
Canva Android App Is Here
Thankfully, the Android app for Canva is now here – and it rocks just as much as the Canva web interface does. Using the Canva Android app is a breeze. It is a testament to the thinking and design skills of the team behind it that they were able to translate the simple, easy-to-use interface of Canva on a big screen to the tiny screen of a smartphone.
It is an amazing feat, really. You have to experience it, because, you know, the taste of the pudding is in the eating. As at the time of typing this, the app had recorded over half a million downloads in Google Play already.
As with the web version, Canva provides some free images and templates for you to use, and also offers paid ones, if you need to step up your game. You can also upload your own pictures and images for use.
Canva does not replace a professional graphic designer, but it just might allow you get by without one. I am betting that graphic designers will love it too and use it a lot.
The Canva app for Android is a great end-of-year gift for me. You can download it from Google Play HERE.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.