What Did Melanie Perkins Do Before Canva?

Melanie Perkins is an Australian entrepreneur and the co-founder of Canva, an online graphic design platform. Before the success of Canva, Melanie had a rich background in entrepreneurship and technology.

Melanie grew up with a passion for design and technology. She was an early adopter of computer games, often creating her own levels and worlds. She was also a fan of drawing and animation, using her creativity to create her own artworks.

In 2003, while studying at the University of Western Australia, Melanie developed a web-based 3D modeling product called Fusion Books. It was a revolutionary product that allowed users to create personalized 3D photobooks from their own photos and designs. The product was successful and allowed Melanie to pursue her passion for technology even further.

In 2008, Melanie joined forces with Cameron Adams to develop another innovative web product called ‘Kontain’. Kontain was a platform for sharing multimedia content over social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Flickr. It was designed to be user friendly with features like drag-and-drop capabilities for easy editing.

In 2011, Melanie teamed up with Cameron again to launch Canva – an online graphic design platform that has revolutionized the way people create visuals for print or digital use. With Canva’s simple interface and powerful tools like drag-and-drop editing capabilities, users can quickly create professional grade visuals without needing any prior design experience or knowledge.


Before founding Canva in 2011, Melanie Perkins had already established herself as an innovative entrepreneur in the technology industry with her successes Fusion Books in 2003 and Kontain in 2008. Her passion for design and technology combined with her entrepreneurial spirit has enabled her to build successful products that have changed how people create visuals.