Design a Brilliant Fishbone Diagram Online

With Canva, you can create a visually striking fishbone diagram with just a few clicks. We’ll give you the bones, you just add the rest!
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Fishbone diagram maker features

Use Canva to build a brilliant fishbone diagram for organizing your thoughts, brainstorming or solving complex problems.

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 fishbone diagram

Embed your concept 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 fishbone diagram

  1. Create a new Canva account to get started with your own fishbone diagram design.
  2. Choose from our library of professionally created templates.
  3. Upload your own photos or choose from over 1 million stock images.
  4. Fix your images, add stunning filters and edit text.
  5. Save and share.
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Brainstorm problems effectively with a fishbone diagram made with Canva

Whether you’re a student, a researcher or manager, understanding and addressing problems is part and parcel of your job. One of the most effective ways to understand and solve problems is with a fishbone diagram, which takes into account all the possible factors causing the issue. Also known as the Ishikawa diagram or cause and effect diagram, it’s a great tool for visualizing possible causes to problems and figuring out their solutions.

Creating fishbone diagrams can not only be fiddly, it can also be time-consuming, but with Canva, you can complete a fishbone diagram in just minutes. There’s no need to waste time building and designing a fishbone diagram from scratch. Simply choose from one of our professionally designed templates and populate it with text. It’s really that easy!

Tweak your fishbone diagram to suit your needs

  1. Change the images. Upload your own images or choose from our stock library of over 1 million photographs, graphics and illustrations.
  2. Change the fonts. Choose from over 130 fresh fonts.
  3. Change the background. Choose a background from our library or use an image.
  4. Change the colors. Change the color of your text boxes and text to add extra flair.

Work out problems with a well-defined diagram

Fishbone diagrams are usually created from right to left. Start by picking out a pre-made template to customize. Begin at the “head” at the far end by adding the main issue or problem then work your way down the spine to add the causes and possible solutions.

You can keep adding more branches as you go along. Just click on one of the lines or arrows then click on the “Copy” button on the toolbar or simply hold Cmd/Ctrl+C and Cmd/Ctrl+V to copy and paste as many lines as needed. You can even color code each of the main cause and its branches. Just click on an element or text, then use the color wheel tool on the toolbar to pick a new hue.

Use typography to make your fishbone diagrams clear and readable

Using the right fonts is crucial to ensuring your fishbone diagram is easily readable. Thankfully, Canva gives you access to over a hundred free fonts you can choose from, mix and match. Try using a bold or heavy type font like Raleway to jot down your main problem then use a lighter font type like Open Sans Light to identify the causes or details of the problem.

You can also change the color of text, backgrounds and design elements to reflect your company’s look and feel. If you are a Canva Pro subscriber you can also upload your own custom fonts and apply them to any of your designs for a cohesive and professional look.

Share and collaborate without scheduling meetings

It’s common for fishbone diagrams to be a collaborative process but in a busy workplace it can be hard to gather people into a room to brainstorm and solve a problem. With Canva you can simply share your design, give the necessary people editing access, and have them populate their own branches in the diagram. This way progress doesn’t slow down and you can keep things moving.

Need to design on the go? Download our apps for your iPhone, iPad or Android devices from the App Store and Google Play for free.

Fishbone diagram templates

Don’t waste time with complicated software. Canva’s fishbone diagram templates are your shortcut to good-looking, easy-to-make fishbone diagrams. Simply click on the graph to add your own data. Create your fishbone diagram in minutes. Choose from the templates below to get started.
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Frequently Asked Questions

To resize a shape or line in your fishbone diagram, first click on the shape or line you want to resize. A dotted outline with 4 circles on each corner will appear around the element. Click, hold and drag on any of the 4 circles to resize your shape or line. You might also need to zoom in on an element such really thin lines to make adjusting it easier. Once you’re happy with the new shape or line size, release the circle.

All of the layouts in our library are free to use as many times as you like. There are also a large range of free images to choose from, otherwise all premium photography, vectors and illustrations in our stock library is all priced at just $1. There are no other fees to use Canva.

You can edit and save your fishbone diagrams as many times as you like. Every time you create a new design, it will appear in the “My Designs” section of your Canva homepage. You can also access and edit all of your designs by adding Canva to your iPhone, iPad or Android devices. It’s free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

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