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The Canva timeline: 10 years of empowering the world to design

Canva is turning 10! As we step into our next decade, we're reflecting on just how far we’ve come with a timeline of some special milestones and moments in our journey so far.


In 2023, we’re incredibly excited to be celebrating Canva’s 10th anniversary. What started as just a wild dream to change the future of design from a lounge room table has become the world’s most popular visual communication platform, now empowering over 135 million people in the world to design. Together, our community has created more than 15 billion designs over the last decade. Today, over 200 new designs are created every second.

From global enterprise companies scaling their brands to nonprofits championing important causes, teachers engaging classrooms to inspire the next generation, and small businesses growing into world-leading franchises, the impact our community is making with our platform continually blows us away. We truly believe we’re still only 1% of the way there – but as we step into the next decade of Canva, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate and reflect on just how far we’ve come.

We’re often asked how we got to where we are today, so we’ve put together a timeline with some of the key moments in our journey so far. Don’t forget to click through the carousels to see team photos, product launches and special moments from throughout the years! Here’s to the next decade, and the one after that!

2013

Canva early team just before launch
User testing in the early Canva days
Countdown to Canva launch
Canva's early team
TechCrunch Canva launch clip


2014

Canva team in 2014
Canva Manila campus launch
Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht launching Canva's Manila campus
Canva iPad app
Guy Kawasaki, Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht
Early Canva team in 2014


2015

  • Announced Canva for Work: Launched Canva for Work(opens in a new tab or window) (now known as Canva Pro) to bring even more design capabilities to professionals
  • 50 employees at Canva: Our team of Canvanauts started to grow rapidly.
  • 50 million designs created: From posters to social media posts, more than 50 million designs have been created with Canva by over 1.5 million people each month.
  • Announced $165M valuation: Raised our $15M Series A(opens in a new tab or window) from investors including Blackbird Ventures and Matrix Partners, valuing Canva at US$165 million.
New Canva office at 2 Lacy St Surry Hills
Canva Pro launch
Canva team in 2015


2016

  • 100 Canvanauts: Our team grew to 100 people across Sydney and Manila.
  • Canva launches in Spanish: Hola España! Canva launches in Spanish as our first language other than English.
  • Launched our iPhone app: Expanded our reach with the launch of our highly anticipated iPhone app.
  • 3.6 million users: Our global community grew exponentially.
Canva's PH team
Canva iPhone app
Canva white party in Palawan
Canva team in 2016
Canva office in 2016
Canva launches in Spanish


2017

  • Launched Canva Print: Made it possible to print and deliver designs to your door with the launch of Canva Print.
  • Held our first Season Opener: We kicked off the first of our quarterly Season Openers to celebrate our team.
  • Launched animations: Canva designs could now be brought to life with animations(opens in a new tab or window).
  • We became profitable: Marked our first year of profitability.
  • 500 million designs: From blog banners to thumbnails, Canva celebrates over 500 million designs being created.
  • Launched our Android app: Android users could also use Canva on their mobile devices.
  • Launched in 100 languages: Doubled down on our mission to empower everyone to design in every language.
Canva team in 2017
Launch of Canva animations
Canva team in 2017
Canva team in 2017
Canva team in 2017
Canva summer Season Opener 2017


2018

  • Announced $1B valuation: Raised $40M(opens in a new tab or window) from investors including Sequoia China and Blackbird Ventures, making Canva one of Australia's first unicorn companies.
  • Launched Canva Presentations: Took designing, sharing, and interacting with presentations to a whole new level with the launch of Canva Presentations.
  • Acquired Zeetings: Made our first acquisition(opens in a new tab or window) as we doubled down on building the world's best presentations product.
  • Canva China launched: Canva launched in Mainland China to empower China's 1 billion internet users to design.
  • #1 Best Place to Work: Canva awarded #1 Best Place to Work(opens in a new tab or window) in Australia by Great Places to Work.
  • One billion designs: Hit the milestone of one billion designs created in Canva.
Canva spring season opener 2018
Canva Spring Season Opener 2018
Melanie Perkins Canva and Rob Kawalsky Zeetings
Canva winter Season Opener 2018
Canva winter Season Opener 2018
Canva Chef
Canva team 2018


2019

Canva rooftop dove release
Canva team 2019
Canva for Education
Canva summer interns 2019
Canva team 2019
Canva Apps
Canva 110 Kippax St


2020

Canva Austin office
Canva team 2020
Canva Video
Canva hybrid work


2021

Canva acquired Kaleido
Canva new logo
Canva new logo
Canva One Print, One Tree


2022

Canva Create 2022
Canva Visual Suite
Duncan Clark and Robin Houston, Flourish
Canva Create 2022
Canva 100 million monthly users
Canva Space Surry Hills


2023


Canva Create 2023
Canva London office opening
Melanie Perkins Canva for Education event
Canva Create 2023
Canva GiveDirectly
Canva timeline 2023
Canva volunteering Force for Good Week 2023
Canva Melbourne office
Blue and purple banner saying Join the Canva Newsroom community

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