Nicky has been using Canva since 2014 and she has been creating templates as a Canva Creator since 2021.
Read on to learn more about her design process, her strengths as a Creator and what her favourite types of templates are to create for Canva.
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How did you get started using Canva, and what inspired you to start creating with it?
I happened to be on Google Plus (one of the best social media platforms!) and discovered a blog post by Donna Moritz. In the blog Donna was talking about a new design tool called Canva, which was in open beta. I signed up for an account and the rest is history.
Can you walk us through your design process? How do you approach a new project using Canva?
Being ‘blessed’ with an artistic temperament I can only create content when I’m inspired. An idea will pop into my head and I’ll have dive into Canva to bring that idea to life. So I don’t have a plan, as such; designs just happen!
How do you keep up with the latest design trends and incorporate them into your work with Canva?
To be honest trends come and go. So recently there has been an explosion of templates with holographic backgrounds. I find most design trends incredibly interesting and I do ensure I create a few templates to keep up with what is new and interesting. But I much prefer to design ‘evergreen’ templates which appeal to a wider audience for a longer period of time, such as notebook covers, motivational mobile videos, digital marketing assets for small businesses and, of course, cards and invitations.
What do you consider to be your strengths as a Canva Creator, and how do you leverage those strengths in your work?
Being a business owner myself I know exactly what start-ups and small businesses will find useful to market their brands online. So I can tap into my own experiences to help me design templates that are easy to use, even for Canva novices.
What are your favourite types of templates to design for Canva?
I must admit I find designing ‘Canva Printables’ like invitations, greeting cards, wedding stationery most enjoyable and I’m a real sucker for delicate watercolour floral elements.