- Meet the Makers: Pride Edition
Meet the Makers: Pride Edition
Our Meet the Makers series explores the backstories of the people who make up Canva, how they got to where they are today, and the things they’ve learned along the way.
At Canva, we're driven to create an environment for our community that celebrates inclusion and diversity. We appreciate what makes each and every Canvanaut unique — including sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression, along with any other facets that make up their identity. We believe inclusion in the workplace brings a richness of perspective, experience, and thought — and when a diverse set of people feel empowered to bring their authentic selves to work, that’s when creative magic happens.
It’s a continuing work in progress, but whether it’s providing learning resources and education, holding events, or using inclusive language, content, and collateral, we’re always working to make every Canvanaut feel supported, and make Canva a safe, respectful, and welcoming environment where everyone is empowered to do the best work of their lives.
For this month’s Meet the Makers series, we’re celebrating Pride by shining a light on Canvanauts who share what it’s like to belong to the LGBTIQA+ community at Canva.
Dan Hart, Learning Designer (He/him)
Being part of the LGBTQIA+ community means having a family outside your own. At Canva, they definitely make an effort to bring us all together and make us feel part of the bigger picture!
I’ve had the chance to work with our Canva Live group, which runs educational events for the public, and offer some programs for other people outside of Canva to jump in on. My favorite one to work on recently was a session run for LGBTQIA+ nonprofits.
Harry Zhang, Back End Software Engineer (He/him)
Being part of the LGBTIQA+ community has shaped my perspective of how I engage with people. I want to be full of positivity and confidence, and help empower others.
Canva does a great job of providing visibility, and not just around Pride Month or Mardi Gras. It’s all around and always happening, which is nice — it’s always just in the back of everyone’s minds. They’ve made it feel as if it’s already normalized within the office space.
I also love the Canva stickers! I’m a big fan of stickers, and there’s a bunch you can get, like rainbow designs, and they/them and he/him, and I’ve just been plastering them all over everything at home.
Sabine Lim, Front End Software Engineer (She/her)
The best thing about the LGBTIQA+ community is that we’re all in it together — we feel like we’re not alone. Canva makes the effort to educate other Canvanauts about the community through regular workshops. We have unconscious bias training which addresses the different beliefs that we might subconsciously hold and that influence our opinions, whether we know it or not.
Annabel Blake, Design Researcher (They/them)
On the Education team, I spend most of my day talking to students and teachers from around the world and my job is to really make sure they have a voice, and that those voices and needs are heard. I’m most proud of my work on our ethical research process, which makes sure that all the research we’re doing around the world is kind and ethical, and particularly considers the minorities we’re going to be working with as well.
I really love a Canva feature called Character Builder. Usually, our design elements are quite fixed and they may not look like you, or how you want them to look, but Character Builder breaks apart all those elements so you can actually build a person in all different postures, change their skin color, and put different props on them. It’s just such a fun piece.
Jordi White, Motion Designer (They/them)
It’s so nice to just have your pronouns out there, and no questions are asked. And if people do ask questions, they’re polite, they’re nice, and it's a safe space. Having a safe space means people like us, and other people in the community who work at Canva can happily give those answers.
Eddy (Jess Edwards), Videographer (She/her)
It’s a beautiful community to be part of. Going to queer events is so unlike going to any other event because you feel it when you walk into the room — that sense of acceptance, love, and compassion.
On my very first day at Canva, I walked into the building and there were posters up that said whoever you are, however you want to identify, we love and accept and encourage you. I remember thinking wow — I’ve come somewhere really special.
Everyone at Canva is encouraged to be themselves and to be heard and seen, and that really speaks to the ecosystem that we — the team — has built.
Check out the full Meet the Makers interview above if you’d like to hear more about what it’s like to belong to the LGBTIQA+ community at Canva. Inclusion and diversity are a critical part of our mission to empower the world to design, and our value as a company to be a force for good. If you’re looking for your next role, we’re hiring and would love to hear from you!