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Billion-dollar graphic design baby: Canva becomes Australia’s unicorn

Canva, a Sydney-based graphic design start-up, has become Australia’s latest tech “unicorn”, after closing a funding round valuing its operations at $US1 billion ($1.3 billion).

The company on Tuesday announced it had raised $US40 million from investors including the Chinese arm of vaunted Silicon Valley investment firm Sequoia Capital and existing shareholders Blackbird Ventures and Felicis Ventures.

Sydney-based Melanie Perkins has turned her graphic design start-up into a billion dollar business.

Co-founder Melanie Perkins said the company was profitable and didn’t need the money but was offered terms too good to refuse.

The startup, whose apps help advertisers and companies create banners, logos and presentations, plans to double its workforce of 250 staff over the next year, she added.

“It’d be crazy not to take it,” she said.

“We can grow our team as rapidly as we can and know that we’ve got the financial backing to make those decisions very easily.”

Canva’s latest round of funding makes it a ‘unicorn’, a private company valued at $US1 billion or more. That’s a rare startup success for Australia’s technology scene: only eight of its listed technology companies are worth more than $US1 billion compared with 18 companies in metals and mining alone, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

In December, Melbourne based construction software firm Aconex agreed to be acquired by software giant Oracle for $1.6 billion.

In a column for Fairfax Media in 2015, Perkins said the idea for the company came to her while teaching at university in 2006. She also made the 2017 Young Rich List, with an estimated net worth of $128 million.

Canva’s shareholder register is literally star-studded. It has previously attracted funding from Hollywood stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson and Lars Rasmussen of Google Maps and Wave fame, who Perkins said played a key role in the growth of the company.

“The second day I went to San Francisco, I pitched him the idea for Canva​, literally on paper pitch decks,” Perkins said.

We can grow our team as rapidly as we can and know that we’ve got the financial backing to make those decisions very easily

Canva co-founder Melanie Perkins

“Fortunately rather than thinking I was crazy, he helped us comb over resumes of all the people that were trying to get into our tech team, and he rejected every last one of them,”

According to Canva’s website, the service has more than 10 million users, who upload photos or select stock images and use preset filters and fonts to customise designs. It also links with printing providers who can create actual physical banners and displays.

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes. Photo: Josh Robenstone

According to financial records lodged with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, Canva more than tripled revenue to $23.5 million and narrowed after-tax losses to $3.3 million in the 12 months ended June 2017.

“What this round really enables us to do is to have the jet power just to do absolutely anything that we need to do to make Canva awesome,” she said.

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/innovation/billiondollar-baby-canva-becomes-australias-latest-tech-unicorn-20180108-h0fd7d.html
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30 presentations from the 2017 Product Design Symposium

Over 30 presentations from the 2017 Product Design Symposium held at the Technical University of Denmark in November are now on-line for viewing and downloading through the symposium’s web site at https://lnkd.in/gtyzkZb.

The four days of the meeting covered:

  1. Product Architecture (https://lnkd.in/gNApb-S) 
  2. Robust Design (https://lnkd.in/g42nYn4),
  3. Product/Service Systems (https://lnkd.in/gD4S2NY)
  4. Conceptualising Sustainable Futures (https://lnkd.in/gHpTaH2 

Including a presentation by former President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft).

By Chris Mac Mahon

Dynamicland

Dynamicland is a communal computer,designed for agency, not apps,
where people can think like whole humans.
It’s the next step in our mission to incubate a humane dynamic medium
whose full power is accessible to all people.”

https://dynamicland.org

The World’s First Co-learning space is Amazing and Brazil ian

From Coletividad, a brazilian hub for design, innovation, technology and learning, read more about the Co-Learning space at MEDIUM

A culture of inclusion through Design

 

As designer, I deeply believe that design is a powerful tool for breaking paradigms, improve education and awareness about ourselves and the world around.

Inclusive Design is that tool multiplied exponencially, read the following great articles about it Inclusive Design and Improving Businesses:

  1. Forbes USA
  2. The Guardian UK
  3. Folha Brazil 

 

As a design expert I have an article about Inclusive Design at:

My LinkedIn

Medium

Creating Accessible Course Content

Professors and educators creating accessible course content.

Credit to following URL:​
​​
http://www.colorado.edu/accessibility/2017/08/22/accessible-course-content-checklist

Accessible Course Content Checklist

As you prepare for the new semester, keep accessibility in mind! Creating
course materials that are accessible in a variety of formats is helpful to
all students in your classes, including those with disabilities.

Use this checklist as a reference while preparing your courses, and feel free to
reach out to help@colorado.edu.

*Need-to-Do’s:*

– Use the accessible syllabus template
<//www.colorado.edu/accessibility/resources/universally-designed-syllabus-materials>
to ensure that all students, including those who use assistive technology,
will be able to access the information in your syllabus.
– If you have a D2L course, make sure your HTML course content contains
appropriate headings. To learn more, see our accessible content
structure page
<https://oit.colorado.edu/services/teaching-learning-tools/desire2learn-d2l/help/instructor-support/content/accessiblecontent>

If you receive an accommodation request from a student in your course
for a captioning accommodation, notify the captioning service using the
online captioning request form
<https://oit.colorado.edu/services/consulting-professional-services/captioning/request-captioning/webform/request-captioning>
.

*Go Above and Beyond For Your Students:*

– Consult the Universal Design Checklist for Educators
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t_g2cf73XpgRjujlF9zqiVom-uAUXH25RO9P_-3GA7I/edit?usp=sharing>
for guidance on designing and authoring accessible digital content such as
PowerPoints, PDFs, and Word Documents.
– Review the best practices for supporting Universal Design teaching
practices
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sJvkZF_iP_oagScn7_trR3h6jts6CIIZrXSmLoEZdIk/edit>
.
– Review the accessibility of your D2L course content using the
Accessibility
Checker
<https://oit.colorado.edu/services/teaching-learning-tools/desire2learn-d2l/help/instructor-support/content/accessibilitychecker>
.
– Review the guidelines for creating accessible course content in D2L
<https://oit.colorado.edu/services/teaching-learning-tools/desire2learn-d2l/help/instructor-support/content/accessibility>
.
– Consider captioning any video content you use in your courses. Email
captioning@colorado.edu for a consultation or to schedule captioning
training, or review our YouTube captioning tutorials
<https://oit.colorado.edu/services/consulting-professional-services/captioning/resources-captioning>
to caption on your own.

For additional resources related to accessibility
<//www.colorado.edu/accessibility/resources> and universal design for
teaching and learning, please go to the Accessible Technology page
<//www.colorado.edu/accessibility/home>. There, you can also learn more
about CU Boulder’s Accessibility Policy
<//www.colorado.edu/accessibility/policy-and-standards>