Illustrate Your Big Ideas with a Topnotch Bubble Map from Canva

Make brainstorming and planning sessions more productive with an outstanding bubble map from Canva.
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Bubble map maker features

A bubble map is a great visual tool for learning as well as for brainstorming and working through complex problems. It works by illustrating a main concept or idea in a central bubble then using lines to connect to more bubbles with related concepts so you can map out the relationships, associations, and parallels between ideas. It’s especially helpful in planning out reports, essays, and even stories.

More than 20 professional types of graphs to choose from

Professionally designed templates to fast-track your workflow

Data visualization made easy – no complicated software to learn

Publish, share or download your high-resolution bubble map

Embed your bubble map in presentations, reports and more with no fuss

Easy drag-and-drop tools, made with the non-designer in mind

How to make a bubble map

  1. Launch Canva - Open Canva and search for "Bubble Map" to start your design project.
  2. Choose a bubble map template - Explore our pre-built templates and filter your search according to style, theme, or color. Click your desired template to start editing.
  3. Apply your data - Modify your bubble map template by editing each section with relevant data. Place the main thought at the center of the map and organize related concepts around it. You can also share a link to your design with your teammates, so they can quickly jump in and share their own ideas.
  4. Customize your bubble map - Adjust your design to your liking. Use bold fonts to highlight the main ideas or drag and drop icons to replace text for a more minimalist look. Feel free to explore our massive media library to find illustrations and other graphic elements to visualize your ideas better.
  5. Download and share - Download your bubble map in JPG, PNG, or PDF formats. Embed it in your reports and presentation decks, or send it to anyone via email. You can also copy your file and paste it into a Canva Docs project or publish it right away to your socials.
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Use a bubble map to organize and grow your ideas

Bubble maps need to be really clear and well-designed, especially if you’ll be sharing your work with other people or even presenting it to an audience or readers. If the thought of designing one fills you with dread, relax! With Canva, you don’t need design experience or much time to come up with a brilliant bubble map design. Thanks to ready-made templates and simple, drag and drop design tools, you’ll be able to create the perfect bubble map in minutes.

Use professional templates and Canva’s massive library of icons and images

If art or design is not your greatest strength, fear not, Canva was made to make designing amazingly simple. Start by choosing from our extensive bubble diagram library with predefined shapes, lines, and colors. All you need to do is edit the text, resize, recolor or add and delete as much or as little elements as you need. Plus, the large library of icons and images that are ready for use makes it easy to hit the ground running. Swap out some of the text with icons that can represent ideas. You can even drag and drop images into circular frames.

Highlight key concepts at a glance using color, fonts and bubbles that stand out

A bubble map is an intuitive visualization tool in the way it mimics our natural thought process. You’ll start out with a central concept in the middle of your page and branch out to more ideas, using lines along the way to visualize their inter-connections. While bubble size is often the most important attribute, bubbles may also be defined by their color, position and text description.

Thanks to its intuitive interface and drag and drop features, changing an element’s color, position and size will only take a few clicks. Resizing an element is as simple as selecting it then clicking and dragging on any of its edges. To change its color, simply select the object or text, then use the color selector tool found in the toolbar. You can choose from the pre-set design palette or pick any hue from the color wheel tool. Then, make key ideas stand out by using bold or larger fonts.

Design a bubble map with the help of colleagues or friends

Since bubble maps can be used to brainstorm ideas for reports or papers, you might want to have teammates or colleagues jump in with their own ideas. Getting everyone in the same room, however, can be pretty challenging, especially when you’ve got multinational teams on different timezones and locations. With Canva, collaboration is as easy as clicking the Share button, choosing whether to give viewing or editing access, then sharing the link to your design.

Everyone you choose to share the link with can then view or edit your design from any web browser on any computer. Canva is also available for on the go users through our iPhone, iPad or Android apps which are free to download from the App Store or Google Play.

Bubble map templates

Don’t waste time with complicated software. Canva’s bubble map templates are your shortcut to good-looking, easy-to-make bubble maps. Simply click on the graph to add your own data. Create your bubble map in minutes. Choose from the templates below to get started.
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“When it came to design reports, Canva had a wide variety of simple easy to use templates that allowed me to easily plug in my graphs and information, and helped me to focus on the actual content instead of spending hours and hours on design.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can edit your text a variety of ways to make sure it fits your design needs. Using the text tools, you can change the font type, size, color, emphasis, alignment, spacing, and transparency. You can also turn your text into a bulleted list. Changes are applied across all text within a text box. To apply any of the above changes, select the text box you wish to edit and click on the format options found on the toolbar.

While Canva automatically saves your design as you work, you can also manually save your work by holding Cmd/Ctrl+S on your keyboard or going to File > Save. When all your work has been saved, you’ll see the phrase “All Changes Saved” displayed at the top of your dashboard. This means it is safe to close your browser or window. To download your finished design, simply click on the Download and choose any of the available formats: JPEG, PNG or PDF. To ensure maximum quality for printing, always download your design as a PDF file.

Simply head on over to to start creating your amazing bubble map designs. You don’t need to download Canva, just create an account and log in.

If you want to design on the go, download our iOS and Android apps. They’re free to purchase from the App Store or Google Play.

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