The Best Apps for Making Simple Designs

The Best Apps for Making Simple Designs

Kayla Graham

The web—and beyond—is crawling with content. So, you have to stand out to get people to notice your brand and read about what you have to offer. And there’s no way around it: images rule at grabbing attention and pulling people in. Striking visuals are essential. It’s a must to include them in all your branding, from social media to print materials.

But what if designing even simple images is out of your skillset? Don’t panic. Creating simple designs doesn’t have to be intimidating or a time-suck—even if you don’t have any design skills.

Here are three of the best apps for creating quick and simple graphic designs.


  1. Canva

Canva is a full-service design app that makes creating simple designs easy. So it’s perfect for non-designers. The web-based app has a template for everything from Facebook posts and LinkedIn banners to resumes and logos. They have custom image sizes for each social platform. And you can use custom dimensions for blog posts, newsletters, and other communications.

Canva is one of the best design tools to use when you’re on a budget. Thousands of templates and tools are at your fingertips for free (and even more for a monthly fee). Plus, there are tons of cool fonts. And Canva’s drag-and-drop interface makes it accessible for beginners.


  1. Adobe Spark

Finally, non-designers have access to a creative suite that is both simple and powerful. With its video and web design applications, plus collages and social templates, Adobe Spark offers a lot. And unlike other Adobe products like Photoshop and Illustrator, there’s no learning curve.

All you have to do is log in, and then you get to pick from an array of Spark’s professional templates. You can create social graphics, posters, webpages, and short videos in minutes. And everything is pre-sized.

After you’ve chosen what you want to design, you can customize it by adding your own photos or ones from Adobe’s royalty-free library.

The starter plan with basic templates is free. The full line up is $9.99 a month (with the first two months free) or as part of the Creative Cloud Subscription ($19.99/month).


  1. PicsArt

PicsArt is an all-in-one mobile photo and video editor. You can use this app for image editing, collage, and drawing. And you can access striking photo effects, drawing tools, photo filters, a free image library, and more.

It’s also a social network: PicsArt has the bonus of giving you a platform to share your work with their growing community. It allows users to take and edit pictures, draw with layers, and share your pics online. PicsArt is big on collaboration—you can use it to share an online photo collage with a group of up to 50 friends, for example.

Attention-grabbing images bring life to everything from social media and blogs to printed materials. But you don’t always need to be (or hire) a professional to create them. Design apps can help you quickly, and painlessly, produce high-quality designs for all your branding needs.