Canva is an online graphic design platform used to create designs for Web and print, and was started in Western Australia in 2007.
The company today announced it had raised $3.6 million in additional funding, with Shasta Ventures and Founders Fund joining existing investors Matrix Partners, Blackbird Ventures and Square Peg Capital in this funding round.
"The team has made remarkable progress in delivering on that vision since Canva’s launch in 2013 and we are excited to have the opportunity to make a further investment in their current round,” Square Peg Capital Co-Founder Paul Bassat said.
“Canva provides users with a unique combination of wonderful simplicity and powerful design capability and huge numbers of individuals and businesses have already had the opportunity to experience Canva’s unique offering."
The company today also unveiled its ‘Canva Button’, a new plug-in for third party websites which allows their users to create their own graphics.
“Every site that allows users to upload content, whether it’s a Web app, e-commerce provider or ad network, wants their users to have beautiful graphics,” said Canva CEO Melanie Perkins.
“However it’s almost impossible to create something that looks good without knowing how to use professional design tools.”
“Instead of just offering an ‘Upload’ button and expecting users to figure out the rest, the Canva Button enables a website’s users to easily create graphics without leaving their page. We want this to be accessible to everyone so the button is free and can be implemented with just a few lines of code.”
Canva has announced a series of partnerships with companies including GoDaddy, Tailwind, Agora Pulse, Post Planner, and TabSite. At each of these companies’ websites, users will be able to create Canva graphics without leaving their page. The Canva Button will be rolled out on partner websites over the coming weeks.
The news follows an announcement back in April that Canva had poached former Chief Evangelist of Apple Guy Kawasaki has joined Aussie design startup Canva, resurrecting his famous title from Apple in the process.
"I was an early adopter of Canva and used it to create graphics for my social media posts and email newsletters," said Kawasaki. "After making contact with Canva's founders, I was enchanted by the company's vision."
The company now employs 26 people and will be looking for an additional five more to work on marketing and engineering.
Companies interested in integrating the button can apply at https://about.canva.com/button, or check out the video below for more info on how it works.