Brainstorm ideas for a project – either by yourself or with a team in real time – with any of these free brainstorm templates from Canva.
Canva is a design platform with thousands of free templates, images and other visual planning tools. However, Canva design content is also used to organize, manage, share and collaborate. It’s a complete project design management tool as well. Either for personal planning or business teams.
While Canva is mostly used for business purposes (infographics, flyers, etc.) as it is an affordable marketing tool for any size business, the design platform is a hidden gem for personal use as well as in educational settings.
Canva is a great resource to create classroom lesson plans, worksheets, real time collaborations with school staff and many other things (especially now that due to the pandemic lesson plans and classroom activities require social distance or are virtual), plus Canva Pro is free for teachers! For students its a fantastic free resource for academic and school projects. For personal use however, it is organization bliss for any home or lifestyle project.
Related: Canva Pro Free for Teachers
Canva has a free (basic) and a Pro plan. Additionally, there’s also what I call a ‘pay as you use’ fee structure. However, a lot of the Canva templates and design elements are free to use.
10 free Canva brainstorm templates and idea boards:
All the templates can be easily customized with different colors and animated features. In addition, you can add multiple pages under the same template. Each showing evolving ideas or a summary of the best plan. To see all the templates search for (‘Brainstorm Templates” in Canva)
A Mood board is an inspiration board like Pinterest. Except all the elements are in one page. Most people use it to plan around a wedding theme for example. However, the Moodboard Brainstorm template is limitless and you can create several pages with different inspiration ideas. This template reminds me of the book “The Secret“, where you create a board with all the things you want in your life.
Easy to use Digital Brainstorm template with one side used to gather all your ideas and in the next column pick the favorite ones.
Retro Brainstorm template is a fantastic debriefing template. Brainstorm ideas and have people vote for the favorite one. Make it fun with stars and other interactive features.
This template has 3 different page.tyles. The Brainwriting Brainstorm template simulates writing project ideas on a notepad.
For tracking the workflow of a project, this brainstorming template is excellent. The Kaban Board is a fun template where to write tasks on sticky notes and then drag and drop ideas to the corresponding column. As the status of the plan updates, easily transfer tasks to the next column.
This brainstorm template is great for brainstorming a project that requires you reflect on the progress and process of ideas. Hence the name.
The affinity diagram brainstorm template breaks down your ideas into categories. Great for organizing your thoughts.
A different way to brainstorm ideas is creating a road map to milestones you want to achieve in your project. The visual roadmap brainstorm template adds cute sparkling stars at the end to mark the achievement of your plan.
ICE stands for impact, ease, confidence. A simple collaborative template. the ICE prioritization brainstorm template comes in handy for projects that require assessment.
Brainstorm all thoughts and ideas with sticky notes. The mind map brainstorm template is a great template to create a visual diagram to show relationships between ideas or information. Be creative using colors, words or images.
Steps to collaborate with brainstorm templates
- Choose a template
- Customize your chosen template
- Share with your team (click on the share button (above right) and enter the person’s email
- Work together in real time with your team.
To use the Canva free plan simply sign up with your email and start creating. You can also sign up with the option to try Canva Pro free for 30 days. (You’ll need a credit card to try it out, but you won’t be charged unless you continue with the subscription).
Additionally, for complex or big businesses, there’s a Canva for Enterprise plan, which is also free to try for 30 days. Canva ‘pay as you use‘ is basically using the Canva free plan, but you pay for a premium feature (like a stock image for example). Prices for premium or pro design element start at $1.
Canva Pro is billed monthly ($12.95/month) or annually (comes out to $9.95/month). If you signed up for the free trial, Canva will send you a reminder a few days before so you can choose your payment method or cancel.
Whichever plan you choose, your creations stays in your design folder. They’re accessible anywhere through the Canva cloud platform, which is free. Moreover, Canva designs can be done on a PC as well as with the Canva app.
I can imagine using any of the templates to brainstorm ideas for a birthday party – complete with plans for party theme decor, pictures of the menu with stickys used for the recipes and another one for ingredients. Then add a page for your shopping list using stickys for grocery list, and another sticky for party favors, and so on.
In the educational setting however, these brainstorming templates are particularly useful for collaborating and planning how classroom lessons and activities will be taught. As schools need to keep everyone healthy during the pandemic, back to school is different no matter which back to school teaching model the school is choosing. Homeschooling, virtual classrooms or hybrid back to school learning models is a struggle for teachers and families.
Whether its using a board to plan seating arrangements or virtual lesson plans, brainstorming ideas can be fun and colorful with the Canva brainstorm templates.
Canva’s free brainstorming tools is designer’s and organizers utopia. Edit any of the brainstorm templates and start visualizing your plans, get your creative side flowing and turn your ideas into reality.
Happy savings, TaLis