The goal of a concept map is to simplify complex concepts using circles, boxes and all sorts of shapes and icons to represent ideas and lines to connect them together.
Try mixing things up by using icons, images or illustrations to represent ideas. The awesome part about designing in Canva is you get access to an amazing media library with millions of images, illustrations, icons and vectors you can use. Go to the icons folder found within the elements tab or use the search bar to find something specific. When you’ve chosen one, just drag and drop it where you need it to go. It’s that simple!
Designing in Canva means you won’t ever have to start from a blank page—not with hundreds of templates to use as your springboard. From there, it’s a matter of customizing as much or as little of the elements as you need. To resize a text box, icon or image, simply click and drag its edges. To change a color, select the element or text you want to recolor, click on the color button on the toolbar and choose from the ready-made palette or use the color wheel to pick any other hue.
Fonts are also super easy to work with. There are more than a hundred free fonts you can choose from to convey your style, purpose, personality or brand identity. Edit the pre-made text by changing the font type, size, color, alignment or emphasis.
Since concept maps are often used in brainstorming or problem-solving scenarios, you might want to get ideas or new angles from your team or colleagues. Canva allows you to share an editable version of your design so anyone you send the link to can view it or add their own edits and comments regardless of their physical location. Since Canva designs are all up on the cloud, they need only log in to their account from any computer’s web browser to access and edit the design.