“All alone, we go faster. Together we go further “, an African proverb that illustrates the merger of Fusion Yearbooks and Canva.
I am pleased and honored to announce that the acquisition of Fusion Yearbooks by Canva is effective. The last 5 years have been absolutely incredible for the team of Fusion France. We arrived on the French market like flowers, with a product that did not exist and that nobody really needed. But you have tried, you have trusted us and we have achieved excellent results that everyone, teachers, students or parents can be proud of. If we can move forward today, it is thanks to you, and we are grateful for that.
A natural approach
Founded in 2008 and 2013 respectively by the same people, Cliff Obrecht and Melanie Perkins, Fusion Yearbooks and Canva are all part of the same idea: democratizing design.
At the time, Fusion attacked the problem by a tip, a tiny bit: the yearbooks. The idea was then to propose to the schools a tool of creation of books of end of year. Combining graphic design, teamwork and printing, the yearbook was an essential project for Anglo-Saxon schools, but also very complex, even impossible to carry out for the uninitiated. Fusion Yearbooks then solved a real problem, proposing a solution simplifying the life of the promoters. Part of a handful of schools in the first year, Fusion eventually became the Australian and New Zealand leader of the yearbook, working each year with nearly 500 schools, before expanding its activities to Europe in 2012.
More recently, Canva has tackled the problem from a different angle, beginning with offering a complete free product aimed at winning as many users as possible around the world (179 countries to be precise). So Canva did not start from a single type of document, but rather from a large list of popular options that has never stopped growing. And the idea was a hit: four years later, more than 10 million active users create posters, flyers, PowerPoint presentations, social networking images and more of 50 000 templates as original as they are customizable.
For Fusion Yearbooks, the next step was to extend its activities internationally and to extend its offer to all types of documents created in schools (signage, communication materials, teaching resources, etc.). At the same time, Canva was preparing to reorganize its offer to meet increasingly specific needs, depending on the country, the trade, the tastes and the objectives of each one. It is therefore not surprising that the Fusion and Canva roads meet today, with Canva with significant resources and the merger of an experienced team that has proved its worth in the world of education.
What will change in practice
The creation of yearbooks remains current, but is complemented by hundreds of other types of documents . From your new Canva account ( free registration here ), you’ll be able to create just about anything that goes through your head, using the page editor you’re already familiar with. You will be able to access many additional templates, tutorials and other inspiration to enable you and your team to progress on a daily basis, and all for free (although there is a paid version with more features sharp for professionals).
You can now centralize your images, logos and typos in an online, collaborative workspace. You will be able to create and organize your teaching resources (lesson plans, activities, calendars, to-do lists, homework, etc.). On a personal level, you can create your invitations, greeting cards, posters, websites, blogs and so on. The idea is to allow you to organize yourself as you wish, and to share all this, if you wish, with your friends, colleagues, students and / or parents.
Naturally, there will certainly be a time of adaptation at the start. Like anything new, it takes time to understand how it works. And for this, our team is always at your disposal to guide you in the best conditions. To be completely transparent, some of the features you were used to are not immediately available (for example, the railway, profile pages, etc.). These require re-working and will be made available progressively so that they can be used by millions of people simultaneously. As such, they would not withstand such trafficking. That said, you will have access to new features that I am sure will be useful to you both in the professional and personal settings.
I want to assure you that Fusion Yearbooks and Canva have the same vision. Our goal is to make life easier on a daily basis by simplifying unnecessary tasks while helping you to progress in terms of design and content, whether pedagogically, professionally or personally. Our mission remains unchanged. What will change is that we will have more resources to help you.
We are very excited to tell you more and share with you the developments we will be working on in the coming months. The possibilities are endless and we are only at the beginning.
The calendar of change
Those who have a yearbook being created on Fusion will still be able to access their project via the usual login page. On the other hand, the website and the Fusion Yearbooks Blog will soon be re-directed to Canva. The Fusion Yearbooks application will be maintained until December 31st , leaving you the time to finish quietly.
For those who have just started their 2017-2018 project, it is wiser to open your account on Canva now and download all your content. Indeed, it will not be possible to “merge” your two accounts , the two applications being structured differently. We will guide you in making the transition from one application to the other fluid and you can pursue your project while taking advantage of the new things that are available to you.
Finally, for those who have not yet attacked their project, our team will guide you through the transition to Canva. This will involve a thorough demonstration of the new tools available to you (a demonstration led by your usual contact at Fusion Yearbooks).
That’s it. I am aware that any change triggers fear, uncertainty and abandonment. In any case, we will do our utmost to make things easy for you.
To conclude, I would have only one suggestion: try Canva. More than 10 million people use it on a daily basis, with a majority of students and a growing number of teachers. It’s good that somewhere is useful! To recall it is a free tool. So create your account, test everything you like, and most importantly, ask us all the questions that will come to your mind. We are open to any criticism or suggestion, it is the only way to move forward.
Thank you again for your support and see you soon on Canva!