Uizard vs Canva: The similarities and key differences

Uizard vs Canva: The similarities and key differences

More than once, we've heard our community members describe Uizard as "the Canva for apps and websites."

In this article, we'll delve deeper into what this really means by highlighting the similarities between Uizard and Canva. We're also going to shed light on the key difference that set these tools apart from each other.

The similarities between Uizard and Canva

As mentioned, Uizard is often compared to Canva. This isn't surprising at all because the two tools have, in fact, more than a few things in common.

They make design simple for all

Both Uizard and Canva lobby for the democratization of design. Canva claims that they empower the world to design anything, and Uizard highlights its goal to empower anyone to create digital products.

These visions are also strongly evident in both platforms, where the simplicity and ease of usage are undeniable. For instance, this is reflected in both tools' easy-to-use drag-and-drop builder, where you simply add components and elements to create visuals in a matter of minutes.

Dragging-and-dropping in Uizard
Dragging-and-dropping in Uizard‌‌

Both tools also host several templates, making it possible to visualize ideas even faster. Additionally, the presence of templates eliminates any fears of the blank screen because there's always the option not to start from scratch.

Templates in Uizard
Templates in Uizard
Templates on Canva
Templates in Canva

Uizard and Canva, although helpful for experienced designers, are best suited for those who don't have a strong background in design — entrepreneurs, founders, marketers, and managers, among others. Contrary to their competitors, both tools offer an alternative to design tools with steep learning curves.

Sample profiles of Uizard champions‌‌

They're both easily attainable

What's a vision of inclusivity and design democratization without attainability?

Uizard and Canva are attainable software because they are fully web-based; they don't force users to use a specific operating system. This consequently removes any additional barrier to adoption, as well.

Moreover, both tools employ the freemium model for pricing.  This means that both tools enable a lot of work done, and as such, empower a lot of individuals to visualize their ideas, without having to spend a dime.

They promote collaboration

Uizard and Canva  acknowledge that collaboration paves way for efficient work and brings about increased consistency and quality control of designs.

Since Uizard's launch, one of its main features has been real-time collaboration. Uizard creators can design in real-time, write comments, share feedback, and iterate quickly and easily.

Canva, on the other hand, has long had collaboration as feature, albeit not live for the most part. For a significant while, Canva only enabled one creator at a time to work on a project.

Finally, in mid-2020, Canva started rolling out real-time collaboration options similar to Google Docs, Figma, and well, Uizard. Since then, collaborators can work on the same Canva design simultaneously while seeing what exactly each collaborator is working on.

Real-time collaboration in Uizard
Real-time collaboration in Uizard
Real-time collaboration in Canva
Real-time collaboration in Canva‌‌

They value brand consistency

Uizard and Canva eliminate the need for team members to reinvent the wheel by redesigning and reimplementing the same component over and over again.

Uizard uses themes that you can either create from scratch or generate from any image, URL, or Sketch file. Components within created themes are then always available for everyone to simply drag-and-drop.

Creation of themes from any source in Uizard
Creation of themes from any source in Uizard (full video here)


On the other hand, a brand kit is available on Canva. Like Uizard's themes, the brand kit is a storage area for brand assets, such as colors, logos, and fonts for easy access when designing.

The existence of a feature that helps maintain a consistent look across designs is available on Uizard's free plan and on Canva's Pro and Enterprise tiers.

The key difference between Uizard and Canva

Uizard and Canva have very similar core DNA, but there's just one difference we'd like to highlight.

In Canva, you create social media graphics, presentations, posters, and documents; In Uizard, you create mobile & web apps and websites

Probably the biggest, most characteristic difference between Uizard and Canva is what each of them is made for. Sure, you can hack your way around it and build a website using Canva and a presentation using Uizard, but at the end of the day, the two tools are optimized for the creation of different materials.

Canva is a complete graphic design tool. In Canva, you can design almost anything — logos, social media content, documents, prints — but not apps and websites.

To complement this gap in Canva, Uizard is a gold mine for anyone needing to design mobile & web apps and websites, without the time for complexities. In Uizard, you'll get not only several full project templates such as e-commerce apps, landing pages, and cloud dashboards, but also component templates that you can put together to create your own original design. Among others, the component templates you can find on Uizard include headers, forms, cards, and many more.

Using component templates in Uizard
Using component templates in Uizard

Characteristic of any prototyping tool, Uizard also offers its users the ability to link components and screens together to create an interactive web design or mobile app.

Linking screens together in Uizard
Linking screens together in Uizard

If you look at this way, you'll realize that Uizard and Canva are not at all competitors, but are actually partners in democratizing design and empowering more and more people to visualize their ideas creatively. A great tool stack includes both tools, using them accordingly for what they're really made for.

Our community members are pretty much right: Uizard is indeed  "the Canva for apps and websites."

Conclusion

At this point, you probably have a good grasp of how similar these tools are in terms of vision and features, and yet how different they are in terms of core offering. As Uizard members have put it, simply said, "Uizard is the Canva for apps and websites."

Although newer in the market, Uizard's goal is to have as many resources and to empower as many people to design apps and websites, as Canva has been successfully doing in the graphic design industry.

At the end of the day, Uizard and Canva belong to different tool categories but ultimately work for the same bigger purpose: to democratize design.


If you'd like an easy-to-use design tool for apps and websites, try Uizard for free. Happy designing! 🎨