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10 Highlights from Canva Create 2024: Redesigned for Work

Our third Canva Create was held in person in Los Angeles for the first time, where we lifted the lid on a whole new Canva, focused on redesigning work. Here are the top highlights.

2024 has been a game-changing year for Canva. With more than 185 million people now using our platform each month, we’re incredibly proud to empower hundreds of global teams(opens in a new tab or window) and enterprises(opens in a new tab or window) with our growing suite of visual communication products. We’re also thrilled to be helping shape the future of education(opens in a new tab or window) alongside more than 70 million students and teachers(opens in a new tab or window) around the world.

This week marked our biggest moment to date: the return of Canva Create(opens in a new tab or window). Live for the very first time from the YouTube Theatre in Los Angeles, we were joined in person by more than 3,500 members of our incredible community, and more than 2.5 million people online, as we came together to explore the future of visual communication in the workplace.

From new product features built for organizations, to an entirely new editor experience, a custom solution for global enterprises, and enhancements to a suite of incredible AI tools, we unveiled a whole new Canva experience. Let’s dive into some of the top moments.

1. We introduced a whole new Canva experience

While our first decade was focused on empowering every person to design, this decade, we’re doubling down on empowering every organization to design too. To reimagine Canva for work, we’ve updated the Canva experience as a whole. Rolling out gradually to our entire community from now through August, we unveiled a new homepage and editing experience designed to streamline your workflow, organize your designs, and empower your team to do your best work together.

Image of the New Canva Editor launched at Canva Create

Discover a fresh, focused Canva:

  • Streamline your design flow: Launch into designing from the homepage with intuitive shortcuts and your chosen templates. Let your creativity flow with a streamlined editing experience that puts your favorite features right where you need them. Experience more focus with an editor that gives you more space to work, play and create.
  • Customized workspaces: Set up your own space just the way you like it, or easily share important information across your organization via the dedicated ‘Starred for Team’ section of the sidebar.
  • Built for better collaboration: With a more organized commenting experience and suggested editing, discover more options to collaborate with your team.
Image of the new commenting feature available within Canva, for easy team collaboration

2. We introduced Courses: Your new go-to learning workflow

Whether you’re onboarding new hires, sharing company updates, or upskilling team members or students, Courses now makes rolling out learning and development trainings at scale simple. Built directly inside Canva, you can now turn Canva designs into learning materials. This includes everything from presentations and whiteboards, to documents and videos to help upskill your workforce with ease.

Formatted into sequences suitable for every learner to engage with at their own pace and to track progress easily, get ready to inspire a whole new level of learning.

3. We unveiled Work Kits: Resources to help you level up

We’ve spent years working with subject matter experts in a variety of professions to bring their expertise into Canva – and with Work Kits, unlocking best practices just got easier, no matter your profession.

Image of a range of templates found in the new Canva Work Kits: Resources for all teams

With tailored hubs for Marketing, Creative, Sales, and HR, teams can now access an expertly curated collection of resources, templates, playbooks, and apps to do their best work.

Find out more about Work Kits(opens in a new tab or window).

4. We launched Canva Enterprise

Organizations increasingly need to create high-impact visual content quickly and effectively. As visual communication becomes the status quo for almost every profession, we’re excited to unveil Canva Enterprise(opens in a new tab or window), our newest subscription offering designed to empower large organizations.

Canva Enterprise is an all-in-one workplace solution to supercharge work and collaboration. It’s a perfect fit for organizations with advanced security, reporting, administration, brand management, and integration requirements.

Image of a man at a computer using Canva Enterprise, Canva's new leading Enterprise subscription offering

What’s included:

  • Revolutionary visual work tools: Easily create impactful external and internal visual content to captivate customers, prospects, and employees – from docs and presentations to websites, data visualizations, and whiteboards.
  • Centralized brand assets and features: Manage multiple brands and centralize brand assets with Brand Kits, Brand Templates, and Brand Controls.
  • Leading workplace apps: Access an extensive ecosystem of leading workplace apps(opens in a new tab or window), allowing teams to seamlessly design and streamline their workflows, or build your own custom integrations to embed Canva into your workflows
  • Enterprise-level security: Canva Enterprise boasts enterprise-level security features, including multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), and system for cross-domain identity management (SCIM), advanced admin controls, and stringent data practices and regulatory compliance, including ISO 27001 and SOC 2 Type I certification.
  • Support at every step: From onboarding to setting up your brand systems with the help of our in-house designers, and even engineering support to seamlessly integrate Canva into your existing tech stack.

Read more about Canva Enterprise(opens in a new tab or window).

5. Our revolutionary AI tools got even better

The past year has well and truly been all about artificial intelligence – in fact, our Magic Studio(opens in a new tab or window) tools have been used more than five billion times since launch. Now, we’ve taken some of our most popular AI tools to the next level.

A collage of all of the updated Magic Studio Canva AI tools including: Magic Grab, Magic Design, Magic Switch, Magic Animate, Enhanced Voice, Magic Write, Styles, Magic Morph, Image Blend, Magic Media, Brand voice and Highlights

The latest upgrades:

  • Magic Media: Our leading image and video generating tool(opens in a new tab or window) can now also generate the perfect graphic. Whether you need icons, stickers, or illustrations, simply describe what you want and watch your words transform into beautiful graphics in Magic Media(opens in a new tab or window).
  • Magic Write: The same high-quality copy, now with personalization. Magic Write(opens in a new tab or window) can now generate text using your unique tone of voice to get your message across with words that sound just like you, or your brand. Just upload a sample, and with a click, Magic Write will generate text that matches.
  • Magic Design: Experience an upgraded Magic Design(opens in a new tab or window), powered by leading generative AI technology. Now, you can expect to generate higher-quality templates every time, and do less editing or retouching to get it right.
  • Styles: Need a one-click way to turn your design into one that's on-brand? Styles lets you match another design's colors, fonts, and decorative elements with a single click. Copy the style from a design you like, a design from your brand, a Canva template, or even an image.
  • Layouts: For times when you're short on ideas, Layouts comes to the rescue with design inspiration. Layouts will show you all the different ways you can arrange your slides, and apply it in a single click.
  • Resize & Magic Switch: Transforming a design just got more powerful. Now, with Resize & Magic Switch(opens in a new tab or window), you can speed up your workflow by transforming any Canva design into a custom, personalized doc in just a few clicks. Think a brainstorm into a brief, or a presentation into a proposal.
  • Photo editor: Canva’s AI-powered photo editor now gives you even more control over your images. Use Magic Grab to effortlessly select any element within your photo to move, remove, or replace it – just like you’re editing a Canva template. Once you’ve got the perfect shot, use Mockups(opens in a new tab or window) to analyze your image and transform it into a mockup template.
  • Video editor: Canva’s video editor now has more AI-powered features to help you create and edit videos no one will want to skip. Capture the best parts of your videos and generate short engaging clips using the power of the Highlights tool’s AI technology, or remove background noise with Enhance voice(opens in a new tab or window).

6. We launched game-changing tools to speed up creation

Empowering visual work is at the heart of what we do – and we’re always striving to equip our community with game-changing tools that save hours of time while supercharging the creative process.

Bulk Create: A new way to speed up content creation and marketing workflows

At Canva Create, we introduced revolutionary new tools to do just this:

  • Bulk create: A marketer's new best friend, Bulk create speeds up the marketing workflow to deliver on-brand assets at scale. Simply upload a CSV or Excel file, and Bulk create will quickly update images, text, and graphics across various designs. Say goodbye to editing individual assets manually!
  • Ad Tech integrations: From designing your ad creative to optimizing for better performance, you can now go through your ad creation process seamlessly within Canva. Access ready-made templates and get tailored suggestions straight from our partner apps before publishing directly to Google, Meta, or Amazon.
  • Data autofill: Wow your clients with data-driven materials created with Data autofill. In a single click, you can now integrate your business data from sources such as Salesforce and MLS directly into pitch decks, brochures, and other high-impact sales assets.
  • Recordings: Recordings allow for personalized customer interaction, whether narrating a presentation or video, recording your entire screen, or adding voiceovers to your designs for a perfectly delivered pitch ready to be shared with your team or clients.
An image of a sales pitch deck presentation and the new Recording Studio in Canva to record commentary for your slides

7. We launched new Affinity features, and announced free access for nonprofits and schools

Earlier this year, we joined forces with Affinity(opens in a new tab or window) to solidify Canva as the all-in-one visual communication suite for every kind of designer, including professional photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, and typographers. At Canva Create, we demoed Affinity, showing its power as one of the fastest and most powerful creative suites available. With Affinity, you can work on huge, complex documents with no drop in performance.

We were also thrilled to launch Affinity version 2.5, with new advanced features to supercharge professional editing even further.

The latest features:

  • Variable font support: Finely control the appearance of fonts, opening up new typographic design options.
  • A new Stroke Width Tool: An on-document way of editing the pressure profile of any curve, so that editing is faster and feels more intuitive.
  • A QR Code tool: Making it easy to add QR codes to documents.
  • Support for new ARM64 chips: The fastest creative suite is now optimized for the latest Windows PCs, making Affinity the first creative software with end-to-end native ARM support.

We were also incredibly proud to announce that eligible teachers, schools, and nonprofits will soon be able to access Affinity for free. Read more(opens in a new tab or window) about our plans and how to register for the waitlist.

8. We announced we’re co-funding a solar energy project

Part of our commitment to Step Two(opens in a new tab or window) of our Two-Step Plan includes contributing to a more sustainable world, so we’re thrilled to have announced we’re teaming up with our largest Canva Print(opens in a new tab or window) suppliers, including RPI Print(opens in a new tab or window),Taylor(opens in a new tab or window),Blooming Color(opens in a new tab or window),Brook & Whittle(opens in a new tab or window), and Digital on Demand(opens in a new tab or window), to co-fund a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) in partnership with Watershed. Together, we’ll be building a network of community solar energy projects in Illinois to reduce our Canva Print(opens in a new tab or window) scope 3 emissions across our supply chain, and provide community access to clean power at the same time.

Tackling Scope 3 emissions is very complex, so we’re working directly with our supply chain partners to have the greatest impact. We’re excited to reduce our Print electricity-related emissions as part of our wider journey towards Net Zero emissions – and we can’t wait to tackle this in unison with Watershed and our partners. Read the full update.(opens in a new tab or window)

Photo from the Canva Create Keynote where Founders announced our solar farm in partnership with Watershed and Canva Print partners

9. World-class guest speakers took to the Canva stage

Inviting our global community to attend Canva Create in person for the first time meant we wanted it to host an event with something for everyone – this included the opportunity to hear from like-minded innovators.

Three guest speakers at Canva Create 2024: Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Mindy Kaling, Emmy-nominated writer, actor and producer, and Adam Grant, Organizational psychologist, best-selling author and podcast host.

We were thrilled to share the stage with some world-class guest speakers, including:

  • Disney CEO and Canva Board Member Bob Iger unpacked the secrets to brand success through the lessons in the 100 years of Disney. From insights on leadership to the art of building a global brand, it was an unprecedented session shared to a packed house.
  • Emmy-nominated writer, actor, and producer Mindy Kaling held a session focused on building and growing your personal brand in discussion with Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Co-Editor-in-Chief at The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Acclaimed organizational psychologist and bestselling author Adam Grant held a session on his pioneering research on the future of how people lead, work, and live.

10. Leading brands shared their Canva stories

We were also delighted to be joined by top companies and their leaders who shared their Canva journey and the future path. We loved hearing about how they use Canva at work, so we were thrilled to have innovative start-up leaders and business decision-makers from creative agencies or leading brands such as Fast Company and Workday host sessions and share their stories.

Some of the most popular sessions included insights on harnessing AI’s evolving role in the workplace, secrets to creating winning ad creative, and best practices for visual storytelling.

Missed the event? Catch up on the recast of the keynote here(opens in a new tab or window).

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