Australian design startup giant Canva is taking on the print industry

The founders of Canva. (L) Cameron Adams, (C) Cliff Obrecht and (R) Melanie Perkins. Photo: Canva.

Australian design software startup Canva is branching out into the physical world, launching a new print and delivery service.

Canva, which produces software that allows template-based design of visual material like presentations, invitations, menus and social media posts, has started Canva Print in the United States, promising one-click print and shipping within 4 days.

The facility will be rolled out to Australia, Japan, Europe and Brazil “by the end of the year”, with the company expecting “strong” demand among its 10 million users.

“Anyone who’s ever tried to design their own business cards or print a poster will know what a pain it can be,” said Canva co-founder and chief Melanie Perkins.

“Whether it’s trying to get your home printer to work, having to drive to the nearest Kinko’s, or making do with a limited online tool, we don’t think that’s the way print should be done.”

The print service, according to Canva, will in the future be expanded from paper to include media such as clothing.

The Australian startup also announced that it plans to have its software available in 100 different languages by the end of the year, up from the current 26. More than 2.5 million print designs are currently downloaded each month.

Canva has more than 200 staff in Sydney, San Francisco and Manila, backed by $US42 million in capital raised since its founding in 2012. It investors have included Hollywood actors Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson, Felicis Ventures, Matrix Partners, 500 Startup co-founder Dave McClure, Blackbird Ventures and Google Maps co-founder Lars Rasmussen.

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