UX guidelines

The key principles and guidelines for creating a delightful app.

Canva is known for its delightful user experience, and as much as possible, we want to help developers provide the same kind of experience to their users. This page contains some key principles for creating apps that empower, inspire, and delight.

Refer to the subpages for additional guidelines, such as guidelines for specific extension points.

Keep it simple

Design an experience that non-designers can understand. Avoid jargon or controls that only professionals can understand.

Less is more

Reduce the scope of your app and focus on its essential functions. Strive to provide the most value with the least complexity.

Words are design

What users read is just as important as what they see and interact with. Ensure that any messaging and labels in your app are clear, concise, and meaningful. For specific tips and tricks, refer to Writing copy for your app.