Made with Canva

Have you ever looked at Pinterest and thought – usually about posts for recipes –  Damn, that is a fantastic image. 


Click for the pin/recipe!


Yeah, like that. (Mm, spinach, bacon, and pasta, all in one dish? Heaven.)

Of course, one is probably able to make such a graphic in Photoshop, and I’m sure GIMP (or even MS Paint) could do the trick.

However, check out Canva.

Canva is a (mostly) free, online graphic design program. There’s a multitude of options and templates; here’s a sampling:


I love the fact that they specifically work with social media platforms; I’ve always been impressed with blog graphics and images and the like, but I’ve never wanted to really spend the time and effort making them.

Enter Canva. It’s a simple, straightforward interface. There’s a wide variety of elements and images provided for free — other elements and images cost around $1, from what I saw. And you’re free to import your own images. There’s even filters, and transparency setting. As for fonts, I’m in love with all the text options — be still my typographical heart.

Canva also provides many helpful tutorials, which especially good if you’ve never done much graphic design or if you just need to brush up or get some inspiration.

My one quarrel is with the scroll-bar in the toolbox; it was a little small, and so I found it kind of hard to grasp and navigate; then again, I do struggle with almost every scroll-bar in existence. I’m much more a fan of paginated resources, but with practice I bet I’d get used to it.

Also, I saw this section. You can bet what I’ll be doing in my free time:


Once I, yanno, get some free time. (Soon, soon).

This week’s assignment was to simply make something with online visual media-making software.

I elected to make a simple poster.

I’ve been thinking about what I want to do with my blog after the semester ends and after I graduate (less than a month left!!). Because, as I’ve said before, I’d like to keep going. I’d like to have a writing outlet that’s not an obscure, semi-anonymous corner of the Internet.

And, this past week, I was struck by inspiration. It’s an idea that is, of course, still developing — but I am intrigued by it. It blends two topics I’m very passionate about.

Here’s the teaser-poster:

Credit for the rainbow overlay goes to John Henry Mostyn,CC 2.0

Stay tuned, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


2 thoughts on “Design

    1. Me too, even though I haven’t had much opportunity to! I’m excited to finally get my own place, with a kitchen I don’t have to worry about 40 or so other people sharing in a dorm environment, haha. And I’ve definitely experienced the same thing in regards to pictures — what helps me is remembering that most, if not all of them, have been practicing for a while and often have access to fancy programs like Photoshop.


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