Canva vs Figma

Last updated: September 16, 2022

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Canva
Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.
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Figma
The collaborative interface design tool. Each contributor owns their part of the creative process and stays in sync along the way - across any platform. Securely connect teams, fonts, and libraries across your entire company.
Canva vs Figma in our news:

2022. Canva announces Docs - word processing tool



Graphic design platform Canva has unveiled its new collaborative word processing tool Docs. Canva Docs aims to stylishly take on white-collar stalwarts such as Google Docs. Like its competitors, Canva Docs will allow multiple users to collaborate on the same document at once, so you'll be able to anxiously watch your editor mark up your article in real time. Canva Docs also has spell check and supports languages other than English, including ones that use non-Latin characters. However, the most significant features distinguishing Canva Docs link back to the company's emphasis on visual design. The word processor will offer a selection of format templates for users to choose from, and Canva's Docs to Decks feature will be able to automatically reformat a document into a presentation for you. You'll be able to edit it afterwards of course, but it should take care of a lot of the work for you. Canva Docs will also allow users to embed other Canva projects into their documents, such as presentations, videos, and even digital whiteboards.


2022. Adobe snaps up Figma for $20B



Adobe has announced that it would acquire Figma for $20 billion. Design and prototyping, for individuals and teams, executed in a very streamlined and modern, cloud-based environment, are Figma’s product strengths, and it’s amassed some 4 million users to date. Adobe meanwhile has been building and acquiring a number of businesses in the wider world of digital creation, and that has taken it not just into the larger and more general reaches of design but also marketing and other areas adjacent to design in the longer creation chain. Adobe’s DNA is in design, though, and it has built out iconic products in areas like imaging (such as Photoshop), fonts, illustration, video and 3D and more. The idea now will be to create a seamless connection between these and Figma, essentially building it out as the native platform to bring them all together. Adobe, of course, already had something like this, in the form of AdobeXD.


2022. Canva moves beyond graphic design to launch a visual worksuite



Canva is further establishing itself as more than just a user-friendly graphic design tool. The Australian company has unveiled a suite of new products to round out its products: Canva Docs, Canva Websites, Canva Whiteboards and Data Visualization. Canva will also expand its print offerings and bring its background removing technology to videos. Canva Presentations, launched in 2021, will get a remote control feature, which allows presenters to connect other devices (like a phone) for use as a virtual clicker.


2021. Canva is getting into video



Canva, the startup looking to make design accessible to everyone, has announced a video editing suite. The Canva video software offers a scene-focused interface, meaning that users can break down their video into easy-to-manage pieces. From there, they can trim scenes (coming soon), manage multiple audio tracks and use in-editor video previews to check their work. Canva emerged during the design rennaissance, around the same time that Sketch, Figma and InVision were crashing the Adobe party. Unlike the others, Canva focused on democratization of design, creating a UI that allowed anyone to make just about anything, from slide decks to t-shirts to social media assets.


2021. Figma introduces a whiteboard tool called FigJam



Online collaborative design service Figma has launched FigJam - a whiteboarding tool. Not only does FigJam give designers a place to come up with ideas together, but it also gives nondesigners a place to participate in the brainstorm. FigJam functionality includes sticky notes, emojis and drawing tools, as well as shapes, pre-built lines and connectors, stamps and cursor chats. As expected, FigJam works with Figma so components or other design objects breathed into life on FigJam can easily be moved into Figma. Figma is also introducing voice chat into all of its products. That means users who are designing alongside one another in Figma or brainstorming in FigJam don’t need to hop into a separate Zoom call or Google Meet, but can just toggle on chat in Figma to use audio.


2020. Design platform Figma raises $50 million



Figma, the design platform that lets folks work collaboratively and in the cloud, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series D financing. Figma launched in 2015 after nearly six years of development in stealth. The premise was to create a collaborative, cloud-based design tool that would be the Google Docs of design. Since, Figma has built out the platform to expand access and usability for individual designers, small firms and giant enterprise companies alike. The company also launched an educational platform called Community, which gives designers the ability to share their work and let other users ‘remix’ that design, or simply check out how it was built, layer by layer.


2019. Canva introduces online video editing



Canva, the design company with nearly $250 million in funding, has today announced a variety of new features, including a video editing tool. The video editing tool allows for easy editing with no previous experience required, and also offers video templates, access to a stock content library with videos, music, etc. and easy-to-use animation tools. The company has also announced Canva Apps, which allows developers and customers alike to build on top of Canva. Thus far, Dropbox, Google Drive, PhotoMosh and Instagram are already in the Canva Apps suite, with a total of 30 apps available at launch.


2019. Graphic Design Software Canva launched enterprise product


Canva, the Australian-based design tool maker, announced that it has raised an additional $10 million to bring its valuation to $3.2 billion. Besides, the company is launching Canva for Enterprise. Thus far, Canva has offered users a lightweight tool set for creating marketing and sales decks, social media materials, and other design products mostly unrelated to product design. The idea here is that, outside of product designers, the rest of the organization is often left behind with regards to keeping brand parity in the materials they use. Canva is available for free for individual users, but the company has addressed the growing need within professional organizations to keep brand parity through Canva Pro, a premium version of the product available for $12.95/month.


2019. Online design tool Figma gets new enterprise collaboration features



Figma, the design and prototyping tool that aims to offer a web-based alternative to similar tools from the likes of Adobe, is launching a few new features today that will make the service easier to use to collaborate across teams in large organizations. Figma Organization, as the company calls this new feature set, is the company’s first enterprise-grade service that features the kind of controls and security tools that large companies expect. For designers, one of the most important new features here is probably organization-wide design systems. Figma already had tools to create design systems, of course, but this enterprise version now makes it easier for teams to share libraries and fonts with each other to ensure that the same styles are applied to products and services across a company.


2015. Online design platform Canva launched business version



Online graphic design platform Canva has launched Canva for Work, that allows organizations of any size to use Canva’s core feature set along with special features aimed at businesses, such as the ability to save and share a brand kit with the company’s logo and color palette. While the platform itself had simplified graphic design for the mainstream, business users still faced a number of pain points in their organizations. For starters, their in-house graphic designers were often over-stretched, having to make minor text edits for marketing teams, executives, social media teams and others. With Canva for Work, however, designers can instead now set up a variety of pre-made templates across varying file formats – presentations, posters, ads, letterheads, social media posts, and more. Then, others in the organization can customize these items with their own text and graphics. These materials can also be shared in a folder on Canva for easy access.