Design a Professional Quality Ecomap in Minutes with Canva

Use an ecomap to visualize a person's social relationships and environmental background.
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Ecomap maker features

An ecomap is a graphical representation of the personal and social relationships between an individual or family and their environment. Often used by counselors and social workers, ecomaps can help identify stressors or causes of anxiety and depression. This chart goes beyond merely identifying biological relationships but also takes external connections (and the quality of said connections) such as friendships, clubs or institutions, into consideration.

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 ecomap

Embed your ecomap in presentations, reports and more with no fuss

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

How to make an ecomap

  1. Launch Canva - Open Canva and search for "Ecomap" to start your design project.
  2. Choose an ecomap template - Browse through our ecomap templates and choose your design. You can use our search filters to find specific styles and themes. Once you've chosen your template, click to start designing.
  3. Apply your data - Begin designing your ecomap by putting in your name in the graph. Plot your relationships with friends and family—add their names to other sections of the graph and connect them with lines. Add more sections to your graph as needed. Give your graph a title.
  4. Personalize your ecomap - Play around with your ecomap's color palette and fonts to distinguish names and relationships. Level up your design by browsing our free media library for images and illustrations. You can also upload your own.
  5. Download and share - When you're done, you can download your design in a PDF, JPG, or PNG format. Add it to your Canva Doc or Whiteboard. Showcase it to others by publishing it to your Canva website, or share it through email or social media, all directly from the dashboard.
Create an ecomap

Map out social and personal connections clearly

Create professional-looking ecomaps with Canva’s ecomap maker. As an online platform, it runs anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. You can create an ecomap from scratch or, if you want to be done quickly, choose and modify an existing template. Canva requires no design skills or experience so you can leave the designing to us and concentrate on helping others navigate their complex relationships.

Use professional templates to create an ecomap in minutes

Create professional-quality ecomap designs with minimal effort by using Canva’s ready-made templates. Once you’ve chosen a starting design, it’s a simple matter of customizing the template as much or as little as needed. Every element in Canva is editable. Add, delete or copy shapes, icons, and lines. You can also recolor or resize them with a few clicks of your mouse button. Within minutes, you’ll have a completely new ecomap design ready to go.

Make important relationships and connections stand out using lines and shapes

Like genograms, ecomaps use a variety of symbols, shapes, and lines to show interconnections and relationship dynamics. For example, thick, solid lines denote strong, positive connections while lines with hatch marks indicate stressful relationships.

To add a shape or line to your design, go to the Elements tab, and click on the Shapes folder or Lines folder and choose one that works best for your needs. You might want to resize or recolor your chosen element. To resize, simply click and drag on any of its edges. To recolor, click on the element and use the color selection tool to pick any hue from the color wheel or type in a specific hex code. It’s that easy!

Use your finished ecomap to start a discussion

Once you’re done creating the ecomap, you can show it to the patient or individual to start a discussion. You can choose to email them the file by clicking on Share and sending it to them. Or, you can bring a printed copy of the ecomap to your session by downloading your design as a print-ready PDF file and printing it in high resolution.

Show them the ecomap and from there you can much more easily start a discussion about their family situation, their neighborhood and community, the strength and importance of these links, and whether or not they engage in any other activities outside of school or work.

Ecomap templates

Don’t waste time with complicated software. Canva’s ecomap templates are your shortcut to good-looking, easy-to-make ecomaps. Simply click on the graph to add your own data. Create your ecomap 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.

Ecomaps are usually a collaborative effort between the subject and their family. To share your ecomap template, simply tick the box next to "Share/email as an editable design". This will give them access to edit your design in their personal Canva account. There is no limit as to how many people can edit your design.

You can edit and save your designs as many times as you like. Every time you create a new collage it will appear in the "My Designs" section of your Canva homepage. You can also access all of your designs on the go by downloading Canva for your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

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