Canva or Can’tva? Why DIY Design Might Cost You Customers

The rise of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) design platforms has certainly democratized the art of branding. Platforms like Canva have empowered businesses of all sizes to craft their own visuals. However, with this ease comes a potential pitfall: the risk of underestimating the power of professional design.

1. The Emotional Connection

A recent poll I conducted on LinkedIn highlighted an interesting sentiment. Many business owners are hesitant about investing in professional design services, questioning their worth. However, purchasing decisions are often emotionally driven. Consumers want to be part of something they connect with or resonate with. They're drawn to a color, a font, a witty tagline, or a unique shape. This connection can be hard to achieve without a designer's touch.

2. The Risk of Generic Designs

While platforms like Canva offer a multitude of templates, the risk is that your brand might end up looking similar to hundreds of others. Your business is unique, and its visual representation should reflect that.

3. The Subtleties of Branding

Professional designers understand the nuances of branding. They know how to convey trust, authority, and personality through visuals. They recognize the importance of consistency across mediums. DIY tools provide the canvas, but do they offer the expertise?

4. Time is Money

Yes, you can spend hours tweaking a template on Canva. But is that the best use of your time? Entrusting a professional can free you up to focus on what you do best - running your business.


There's no denying the convenience of DIY design tools. They're great for quick tasks or for businesses just starting out. But as your business grows and evolves, so should your brand's visual identity. Before you decide between Canva or 'Can'tva', consider the long-term impact of your choice. Sometimes, an initial investment in professional design can pay off tenfold in brand recognition and customer trust.

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