Discord

Discord is a free to access chat app similar to Slack or Skype that allows users to chat in real time using text, voice or video. Initially created for video gamers to interact with each other while playing games, Discord has grown in popularity with over 100 million users currently. The app hosts servers/chatrooms on different topics, however games, music, anime and memes tend to be the most popular.

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In additional Discord is especially useful if you’re trying to play PC games. The app makes chatting pretty easy and offers search functions that can help you find other people and add them to a friends list for quick communication. Lots of people use it not just for talking to each other while playing games but as an organizational and social tool as well.

Thanks to this breadth of functionality, users have also embraced Discord as a semi-public, forum-style community platform. Groups of players with common interests, such as fans of a particular game or studio, can create or join “servers,” both public and private, where lots of people can meet and hang out, chatting via text, video, or voice.

While most of the servers are related to gaming, you can also find public Discord servers that focus on a variety of topics, including things like anime, cryptocurrency, self-improvement, and just making friends and hanging out. There’s also nothing requiring servers to be created for gaming, so if you want a place in Discord to discuss a topic, you can always make one. Handy places to find and search for public servers include Discord.meDisboard.org, and Discordservers.com.

How does Discord work?

On Discord, users participate in servers, which are similar to chatrooms you might remember from the AOL days. Many servers are private and invite-only. Brands, influencers and esports communities have their own servers, many of which are publicly accessible. You can also start your own server by clicking the plus icon on the left side of the app, and begin inviting friends by their Discord usernames.

Servers have areas for users to talk to each other called channels; one server can have multiple channels. Channels are generally conducted over text, but you can also join a voice channel at any time, which will put you into an audio call with whoever else is in that voice channel. Those on a call can mute or deafen themselves if they don’t want to talk or hear others speaking. (Bonus tip: Don’t forget to hang up the voice channel when you’re done.)

What separates Discord from other platforms?

Though there are a lot of free communication programs online, Discord stands out thanks to its wide array of chat options. It combines all the best features of more commonly used programs, such as Skype and Slack, with an easy-to-use interface. A voice chat program wouldn’t be much use if it slowed down your games while you’re using it, so the team making Discord is dedicated to making it as efficient as possible.

That versatility has led large groups of users to embrace Discord as a place to meet and chat with people who have similar interests, not just friends. It’s part communications app, part social media portal. While the chat room side of the app, in which users can join public or private “servers,” is probably its most popular, it also provides a social forum that’s great for organizing people to play games as well. Essentially, you don’t need video games to make Discord useful — it’s extremely handy for joining with groups of friends on a private server or meeting like-minded folks on public ones.

When you create a Discord server, you can configure it in a multitude of ways by setting up different roles for members, such as creating roles for other administrators and moderators or creating a special role for your most active members. Setting up different member roles has a number of benefits for your server, including making it easier to manage your server, rewarding members for being active, and providing different access permissions.

Discord is also accessible through a number of means, which makes it easy to use even if you’re not sitting in front of a gaming PC. The app has a downloadable PC program you can run on your computer — which is the handy, lightweight version best for running in the background while you play games — as well as a web-based version, a mobile version, and a beta version on consoles. That means you can interact with people in your Discord chat servers from basically anywhere, extending the social capabilities of the app.

1.Make friends

Like most other chat apps, Discord also supports the ability for you to create a list of “friends” who use the app that you can contact directly outside of any servers.

The easiest way to add friends to your list is by finding their names on servers you’ve already joined. You can right-click on a Username to find an Add friend button at the bottom of the screen, which will send a friend request to that user. You can also click a Username and pull up that person’s User profile, where another button is located for you to add the person as a friend.

It’s also possible to search for users and add them as friends. If you know their username and they’ve set their privacy settings to allow for search, you can find them using the search field at the top-left of the screen. You can then add those public people as friends just by clicking on the photos of any user on the list.

You can also send friend requests directly from your friend list without doing a search. From your friend list in the Discord client program, you can click the blue Add friend button near the top-left side of the screen. That’ll bring up a field that lets you add the person’s complete user name and their four-digit DiscordTag. The username you’re looking for should come out like this: HelpyHelpnotbot#8877. You’ll need to get that info from your friend to add them on Discord, though.

Once you’ve got some friends, clicking their names on your friends list allows you to quickly open up a direct message feed with them or request video and voice calls. You can also set up a group video or voice chat with multiple friends, even without a server.

2.Connect accounts and build a profile

Discord lets you connect other social media accounts to the app (including but not limited to Steam, Twitch, Twitter, Spotify, and Xbox) to make it easier to track down people you know and flesh out your user profile. Since the app combines private communications with public chat rooms, connecting accounts goes beyond the usual use of finding people you’re already friends with to connect to on Discord. It also makes it easier for people to know who you are in the real world, should you so choose.

Connecting accounts is easy and works the same as with other chat or social media apps — mostly by just allowing you to connect by prompting you for your password for other accounts. The additional functionality of being able to find people you meet on Discord on other media portals has the added function of making Discord into more of a social network itself. If you’re using it to access public servers to find like-minded players in various games, it can be a handy way to meet people.

If you’re more privacy conscious, you can choose whether or not to have your connected social media accounts appear on your Discord profile by toggling the option within your settings. Additionally, if you decide to connect your Xbox account to Discord, you can have it display what game you’re playing in a status-like message in each server’s user list and within your profile.

3.Be heard

Voice chat on Discord is pretty easy. Entering a voice channel on a server automatically turns on your microphone, provided you have a working one attached to your computer. You can also access voice chat by creating voice calls or group calls to friends by clicking the Phone icon on your Friends List.

Once you’re in voice chat, Discord offers some handy quick controls at the bottom of the voice chat window or channel window. Clicking the Microphone icon mutes your own mic instantly, while clicking the Headphones icon activates “deafen.” That kills all incoming sound from Discord, as well as mutes your microphone. You can also adjust your audio settings for voice chat and video in the Settings menu, which is accessed by clicking the Gear icon. Getting out of a voice call or voice channel on a server requires you to hit the Hang up icon, which is a phone with an arrow pointing down.

4.Control who you see and hear

Just because you share a server with someone doesn’t mean you have to listen to them. Discord includes all the social media-style features that let you determine how you interact with people. Right-clicking a person’s name on the server list prompts a drop-down with a number of options, such as sending a private message, adding the person to your friend list, initiating a voice call, and muting or blocking them. You can even adjust another user’s volume on your end if they’re too loud. Muting a user means you don’t hear their voice in a voice chat, but they can still hear you. Blocking someone prevents you from seeing their text messages; however, you will still hear them if you’re both in the same voice chat.

When you’re an admin on a server — either because you created it or because the admin of a server you’re on gave you that power — you have even more control over undesirable people hanging around. Right-clicking names includes the ability to deafen users so they can’t hear anything from other users or banning them from a server outright.

5.Discord Nitro

While you can use Discord for free, the app also offers a paid subscription called Discord Nitro. People who pay for Discord Nitro, which costs $10 per month or $100 per year, get access to a handful of additional features, including the ability to use animated emotes (as well as use one server’s emotes on another), upload bigger files, stream in 4K using Go Live, and boost servers (which helps your favorite servers unlock more functionality and features for its users).

Every Nitro user is granted two boosts by default (though you can always purchase more), which they can use on any server they are in. Boosts are helpful to servers because, as previously mentioned, they unlock functionality for everyone in the server, therefore allowing server owners to offer an even better experience. Features that can be unlocked include more emote slots for the server, better audio quality for voice chat, the ability to customize your server with animated server icons and other graphics, a custom vanity URL to share with people, and much more. If you’re interested in learning more about server boosts, Discord has written a  support article explaining all the details, such as how many boosts you need to unlock the three different levels and what functionality you can unlock at each level.

6.Go Live

Discord also has a feature called Go Live, which can be enabled by server owners to allow users to stream live gameplay to other users on the server. To “Go Live,” users simply need to click the Go Live button (the display with the arrow in it), found in the bottom left of the screen when connected to a voice chat. Once you click the Go Live button, you will be able to select the game and start streaming it. You can also use Go Live to share your screen or a specific app, which is great if, for example, you want to watch YouTube videos with other people.

Once you or someone is streaming through Go Live, you will see an indicator next to their name in the voice chat showing that they are live, at which point you can click Join stream to start watching. Discord allows people to stream in 720p at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 60 fps, and 4K at 60 fps — your quality option depends on the type of Discord account you have (a regular free account, Nitro Classic, or Nitro, respectively).

7.Going mobile

It can be frustrating to use the same program on different devices and use entirely different layouts. Luckily, Discord pulls everything together by using similar layouts and functions whether you use it on your desktop or laptop; even the mobile apps on your phone and tablet will be intuitive to use. The good news here is that you don’t need to default to your computer when you want an update on your favorite group chat or gaming server. The mobile app can even video call, start discussions, initiate voice calls, and find thousands of servers across the platform. Mobile Discord and Desktop Discord have the same vital tasks and are equally easy to navigate on any of your devices. When you’re away from your personal device, you can log in to your account via a browser and have immediate access to all of your conversations remotely.

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Let Explore Slack As Perfect Way Of Project Management

What is Slack?

Slack is a messaging app for business that connects people to the information they need. By bringing people together to work as one unified team, Slack transforms the way organizations communicate.

Working in Slack

Slack helps you work in a more connected, flexible, and inclusive way.

Connected

Slack makes access to your colleagues easy — message anyone inside or outside your organization and collaborate just like you would in person. People can work in dedicated spaces called channels that bring together the right people and information.

Flexible

Slack supports asynchronous work. When work is organized in channels, no matter your location, time zone, or function, you can access the information you need on your own time. Ask questions, get caught up, and share updates without having to coordinate schedules.

Inclusive

In Slack, everyone in an organization has access to the same shared and searchable information. When teams work together in channels, information can be shared with everyone at once, helping keep teams stay aligned and make decisions more quickly.

Features of Slack

Work more easily with everyone

Stay on the same page and make decisions faster by bringing all of your work communication into one place.

Channels

Stay organized and focused with central spaces for conversations, files, tools and people.

Slack Connect

Collaborate with teams at other companies the same way you do with teams at your own.

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Accessibility

Messaging

Teams & Workspaces

Slack allows businesses, communities, and other organizations to create a private, dedicated workspace complete with a custom URL.

After a simple signup process, you’ll be able to invite your team to join and start getting work done.

For small to medium-sized companies, you’ll likely need just one workspace organized by public and private channels to meet all your needs, but Slack also has features to help enterprises manage multiple workspaces if that makes more sense (more on that below).

Company-Wide and Private Messaging

Slack messaging is grouped into channels and direct messages to organize conversations and replace communications that might otherwise be scattered across emails, text messages, or in person meetings.

Public channels are open to all members of a workspace and can cover everything from different marketing and sales operations to random discussions and streams of memes (if you’re company likes to have as much fun as we do).

You can also create Private channels in Slack to help break down large teams into their relevant working groups or restrict sensitive conversations or work materials to relevant team members.

And Slack allows private messages, sent directly to other team members, so you can have one-off communications or keep things organized between you and specific members of your team.

Integrations

Integration with third-party services is one of Slack’s most powerful features.

These let you use some of your favorite apps right within Slack – so you don’t have to keep switching tabs, remember where that shared link went to, or open up another application just to quickly double check something.

Some of Slack’s major integrations include:

  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • Heroku
  • Github
  • Zendesk
  • Zapier

Read on for a list of some of our favorite integrations.

How much does Slack Cost?

Slack offers plans from Free to $12.50 per user for most businesses (with enterprise pricing available on request).

Here’s what each plan includes (higher tiers include features of lower tiers):

Free

  • 10k Message Search
  • 10 Integrations
  • Two Factor Authentication
  • One on One Voice and Video Calls
  • 5GB of Total Storage
  • Standard Support

Standard – $6.67 per User/per Month

  • Unlimited Search History
  • Unlimited Integrations
  • External Access Features
  • Custom Retention Policies
  • Up to 15 participant Voice and Video Calls with Interactive Screen Sharing
  • Enhanced Search Features
  • 10GB of Storage per Team Member
  • Priority Support

Plus – $12.50 per User/per Month

  • Additional Authentication Features
  • Compliance Exports
  • Additional Administration Features
  • 20 GB per Team Member
  • 24/7 support with four-hour response time
  • 99.99% guaranteed uptime SLA

Enterprise

  • Multiple connected workspaces
  • Additional storage and security
  • Dedicated support specialist

Learn more about Slack’s Free through Plus plans here and Enterprise pricing here.

 

Frequently asked questions

What is Slack Connect?

Slack Connect is a more secure and productive way for organizations to communicate together. It lets you move all the conversations with your external partners, clients, vendors and others into Slack, replacing email and fostering collaboration. Slack’s enterprise-grade security features and compliance standards, like Enterprise Key Management, extend to Slack Connect. Learn more about Slack Connect here.

Why should my company use Slack?

Excellent question. Slack is a new way for your entire company to communicate. It replaces email with something faster, better organized and more secure. Instead of one-off email chains, all your communication is organized into channels that are easy to create, join and search. When there’s a channel for everything going on at your company, everyone knows exactly where to go to get work done.

For more reading on the topic, we recommend checking out our Resources Library.

How can we use Slack effectively?

The key to Slack success is channels. By creating a channel for all your projects, your teams, your offices, your departments—everything you’re doing at work—you create a space for every conversation to happen. And because channels are easy to join and create, Slack can adapt to meet changing needs. If someone new joins a project, you can simply add them to the channel and they scroll up to read through old conversations. When it’s time to start something new, create a new channel and invite the right people.

To learn more, read up on how to collaborate effectively in channels.

Is Slack secure?

Yes. You can securely discuss confidential information in Slack. Slack offers multiple ways to ensure that your information, conversations and files stay safe. Slack delivers enterprise-grade security at every layer, adhering to multiple compliance certifications, including SOC 2, SOC 3, ISO/IEC 27001 and more. Slack is GDPR-compliant and can be configured for HIPAA and FINRA compliance. It is FedRAMP Moderate authorized.

In addition, Slack offers security features, like Enterprise Key Management, that allow admins fine-grained control over data encryption. You can also integrate your own security tools with Slack to get instant notification if a threat is detected. Learn more about Slack’s comprehensive security program here.

Manage your way to perfect project management

From kickoffs to KPIs, manage all the moving pieces of your projects in Slack, the collaboration hub for work.

AUTOMATION

All your tools for project tracking under one roof

Slack shouldn’t replace the tools you already use for project management — but it does make them better. Powerful integrations with other services bring tasks, notifications and more into and out of Slack.

  • Discuss and manage tasks

    Centralize tasks from different software, discuss resolutions, and create new tasks all from within Slack.

  • Keep projects on track

    Send task updates and deadline reminders into Slack, keeping everyone on top of project progress.

  • Easily share and collaborate on project files

    Find and share files from file management services like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive, without leaving Slack.

 

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PLANNING

Collaborate your way to a successful project planning process

Slack helps keep information clear and visible, so even the tiniest deliverables aren’t missed. Share documents or files in project channels so even new hires have the info they need to move work forward.

Suggested channels for planning:
  • roadmap-q3

    A channel to discuss, iterate, and deliver on next quarter’s plans

  • project-management-internal

    A private channel where you can share knowledge and challenges with other Project Managers

  • events-confs-frontiers-2020

    Plan specific events and related deliverables in their own channels

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OVERSIGHT

Increase throughput with improved visibility and shared knowledge

Slack opens up shared knowledge to the people who need it.

Suggested channels for oversight:
  • proj-website-standup

    Post weekly team standups in this channel to save time and loop in remote workers

  • announcements-global

    A company-wide channel where everyone can see the latest news

  • website-notifications-master

    A channel where you can find out the moment something breaks, changes, or goes live

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COLLABORATION

Bring teams together to move work forward

Easily find coworkers in Slack to assign deliverables, check in on progress, or celebrate successes. Channels for projects, teams, or roles keep everyone on the same page, wherever they are.

Suggested channels for collaboration:
  • proj-website-relaunch

    Bring multiple teams together in a channel dedicated to a specific project

  • sales-engineering-coffees

    A channel that brings two departments together for relationship-building

  • help-proj-mgmt

    A dedicated channel for people to request resources for current and upcoming projects

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Figma

Figma is a web-based graphics editing and user interface design app. You can use it to do all kinds of graphic design work from wireframing websites, designing mobile app interfaces, prototyping designs, crafting social media posts, and everything in between.

Figma is different from other graphics editing tools. Mainly because it works directly on your browser. This means you get to access your projects and start designing from any computer or platform without having to buy multiple licenses or install software.

Another reason why designers love this app is that Figma offers a generous free plan where you can create and store 3 active projects at a time. It’s more than enough for you to learn, experiment, and work on small projects.

Figma Prototype?

Figma prototype allows you to create interactive flows that explore how a user may interact with your designs. Prototypes are an excellent way to preview interactions and user flows and share and iterate on ideas.

What is a prototype in general?

A prototype is a simulation or sample version of a final product, which UX teams use for testing before launch. With a prototype, the goal is to test and validate ideas before sharing them with stakeholders and eventually pass the final designs to engineering teams for development.

Prototypes are essential for solving and identifying user pain points with participants during usability testing. Testing prototypes with end-users enables UX teams to visualize and optimize the user experience during the design process.

How do we use Figma Prototype in Design?

Figma is a powerful web-based design tool that helps you create anything, websites, applications, logos, and much more. You’ll take your first steps into User Interface Design and User Experience Design by learning how to use Figma.

You can use it to do all kinds of graphic design work, from wireframing websites, designing mobile app interfaces, prototyping designs, crafting social media posts, and everything in between.

Learning graphic design in Figma will save you time and stress. When you work with this software, it makes the design process quick, fun, and very efficient. You can collaborate online with other people very quickly.

The Power of Figma as a Design Tool?

Using Figma, a design lead can check in to see what the team is designing in real-time by simply opening a shared file. If a designer somehow misinterprets how the design is going, this feature allows the lead to intervene, correct course, and save countless hours that would have otherwise been wasted.

Figma Works on Any Platform

Figma will work on any operating system that runs a web browser. Macs, Windows PCs, Linux machines, and even Chromebooks can be used with Figma. Figma is the only design tool that does this, and in shops that use hardware running different operating systems, everyone can still share, open, and edit Figma files.

Designers use Macs, and developers use Windows PCs in many organizations. Figma helps bring these groups together. Figma’s universal nature also prevents PNG-pong’s annoyance (where updated images are bounced back and forth between design team disciplines). In Figma, there is no need for a mediating mechanism to make design work available to everyone.

Collaboration in Figma Is Simple and Familiar

Because Figma is browser-based, all teams can collaborate as they would in Google Docs. When people use Figma, they show up in the corner, and you can click on them to see what they are doing. Each person has an icon to click on.

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The live file in the shared environment will not be affected until changes are deliberately committed to the original version. It’s also possible to restore any automatically saved versions to create a duplicate or overwrite the original.

Prototyping in Figma Is Straightforward and Intuitive

While Sketch recently added artboard to artboard prototyping, Figma has gone further by providing transitions between frames. Figma’s simple prototyping feature eliminates the need for another tool that does slideshow style prototyping, such as InVision or Marvel. When all that is needed is a simple presentation with transitions, there’s no need to export to review tools.

Figma prototypes can be distributed just like Figma design files; anyone with link permission can view and comment on a prototype, and again, that feedback is captured in the tool’s comment panel and recorded in Slack. Developers can see the design workflow, leave direct @messages for designers, and get measurements and CSS attributes from inside the prototype.

Figma’s Team Libraries Are Ideal for Design Systems

Design systems have become a necessity for many companies, and there is a need for components (symbols in Sketch and Illustrator) that are reusable, scalable, and “tokenized” for use in the pattern libraries available to UX designers and front-end developers.

The often used phrase “single source of truth” does fit here—once a Figma team library is created, anyone with access to a project can use instances of the components in their designs and be certain they are working with the latest versions.

Figma’s approach to component libraries is simple and easy to manage. Designers can create files that are full of components or use on-page components to organize a pattern library. Each frame in a Figma page becomes the organizational section in the team library (there is no need to create hierarchies\like\this).

One way to organize libraries is to have a project dedicated solely to components. Files within that project can be organized as needed, and the pages within those files can be arranged accordingly.

Figma Is Built to Enhance Design Teamwork

Using Figma for any length of time will demonstrate the benefits of this live collaboration tool. It keeps teams on task and encourages full disclosure, essential when building a design system for a variety of disciplines. Figma is easy for anyone to use on any platform, and lets teams share their work and libraries quickly.

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The Important Of Graphic Design To Business ?

Graphic design optimizes your marketing efforts across all channels and is key to building a professional brand. Being consistent in your marketing collateral allows your brand to be easily recognizable and allows your customers and clients quickly get familiar with what your company has to offer.in this  article we are going to cover top 5 important of graphic design to business

1. PACKAGING DESIGN

Since most consumers shop with their eyes, a product sitting on a store display or shelf can only be considered as good as the label or packaging that encases it. The appeal of that label or package is made possible solely through the expertise of a team of graphic designers. Any product that your company plans on launching should be uniquely designed with your target audience’s aesthetic, taste, wants, and needs in mind so you could quickly grab their attention. It’s important to leave a lasting impression through your packaging, and it should be developed by experts that understand branding and visual hierarchy. In order for your business to compete on-shelf, it needs to memorably convince consumers that they are missing out if they leave the store without your product.

2. SOCIAL MEDIA

By using graphic design, you are able to establish a consistent brand footprint across all social media platforms. Create an account on platforms where you feel your customers use most often. Try Pinterest FacebookLinkedinInstagramGoogle Plus, and Twitter, just to name a few. Using custom-branded graphics in your posts will tie your digital branding to your physical marketing collateral, leading to a cohesive brand identity. Branding your own graphics lets your audience become more interested in your business and curious to see what else will be posted in the future and therefore be more inclined to follow you on social media. Being in the age of ‘custom everything’ exemplifies the fact that people love interacting with the most unique and uncommon. Without proper branding, your page may fall prey to reposts by competing organizations that can cause potential threats to the authenticity and integrity of your brands’ voice. Take the initiative and invest in developing your own custom images and branded posts to spread your company’s presence across the internet. 

3.SALES COLLATERAL

A clean use of typography, appropriate imagery, and content formatting are only the foundation of the many factors your graphic designer will consider while developing your new brochure or catalog. Printing massive amounts of text and sourcing stock photos ‘as-is’ may dilute your brand and messaging. This can easily turn off prospects. Combining innovative folding techniques, binding options, paper textures, finishes, and weights can really make your sales collateral stand out. 

4.CUSTOM LOGO

A custom logo establishes credibility, creates brand recognition, and firmly positions your company within the marketplace. While there are many factors to building an impactful logo and visual identity, a major influence on your logo’s success is its color palette. Your brand’s choice of color scheme is one of the most crucial in determining how the public may interpret your business. If you’ve heard of color theory, you may know that certain color combinations create distinct perceptions and elicit emotions. Examining the market trends in your industry and understanding what colors your customers respond to, may make all the difference

5. WEBSITE

A strategically focused website must attract, engage, and convert visitors. Developing a successful site is impossible without considering the user’s experience and the hierarchy of messaging. It’s important for your site to be intuitive and funnel prospects through in a predictable way. Clear messaging and conveniently placed calls to action are paramount. Think of the experience that you wish your visitors to have and try to make calculated design decisions that will move them from point A to B.

In order for your brand to dynamically engage prospects and existing customers, your site needs not only to be visually exciting, but the ease of use is important. Just as is image optimization, page load times, and overall speed. Make sure that your website load time does not exceed 3 seconds. Take note that if your site loads in 2.9 seconds, it’s faster than approximately 50% of the entire web. If your site loads in 1.7 seconds, it’s faster than almost 75% of the web!3 The most effective way to accomplish this is to partner with an experienced web and/or graphic design firm that can strategically develop a website that works best for your business.

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Launched in 2013, Canva is an online design and publishing tool with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere.

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In a visual world, Canva Pro makes it easy for teams to achieve their collective goals and create professional designs together, with premium features like Brand Kit, Background Remover, and more.

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