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. Step 1
    Launch Canva - Open Canva and search for "Fishbone Diagram" to start your design project.
  2. Step 2
    Choose a fishbone diagram template - Explore our fishbone diagram templates and choose the design that best applies to the problem you're analyzing. The filters also make it easier for you to find the perfect fishbone design. Click on your chosen template.
  3. Step 3
    Add your data - Fill each section of the fishbone diagram. Start at the head of the fish, where you'll put the main issue or problem. Then on each of the fish bones, add causes and supporting details. If you're brainstorming with your team, send them a link to your fishbone diagram template so you can work together.
  4. Step 4
    Customize your fishbone diagram template - Once the fishbone's filled, personalize the template. Change the color scheme if you want to use your brand colors. You can also choose a professional typeface from our massive font library. If you ran out of space, just add more text boxes or duplicate any of the existing fishbones. Lastly, insert free illustrations and stock photos to add context to your fishbone diagram.
  5. Step 5
    Download and share - Save your fishbone diagram as a PNG, JPG, or PDF and add it to your projects. You can put the diagram on your Canva Docs, reports, presentations, and more. You can also share the diagram with teammates via social media or email, with just one click.
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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.

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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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