A Print-Ready Business Model Canvas
“Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimal means.”
- Dr. Koichi Kawana
The problem with lots of business model canvas variations is that they don't utilize all of the available white space. If you are using the business model canvas as a participatory tool to collaborate with other people, then you need as much white space as you can get. You also need minimum distractions.
The X Canvas maximizes white space. There are some few essential features like:
These numbers are the default steps for filling it out
2. Plus and Addition Cues
An easy reminder that everything you earn flows back into the organization
3. Front stage and Back Stage
Some people see and don't see/experience certain parts of the business model. I placed these cues as a reminder to participants.
Don't worry, the reference sheets tell you everything.
The Reference Sheets
Step-by-step facilitator instructions on how to quickly fill it out with other people.
Remember, this is a digital product. Here's how to use it:
1. Buy it
2. Download it
3. Take the files to any print shop that can print the FULL 36" x 48" dimensions. (or bigger if you want)
4. Take that poster to your next meeting and get busy!
I find that the most economical way to use this is to print via online print shops. I already did this using Vistaprint, and it turned out perfect. They accept the PDF format, but I've included PNG and TIFF just in case. Turnaround time was fast and it was easy to "bleed" the document before sending it to the press.
Choose a lightweight paper at the print shop. This makes it easier to hang or tape the canvas to a wall
You only need to purchase this once. You can then print multiples and store them somewhere for future prototyping sessions.
Don't like the cues? Mask it with tape or a small bit of sticky note.
Blank spaces gives you flexibility so that you can label it yourself depending on the context: Nonprofit, Lean, or the normal Business Model Canvas configuration.
3 x templates (PDF/PNG/TIFF)
- 1 x facilitator instructions (PDF)
- Maximum white space
- Essential cues to remind participants/facilitators what to do
- Clean design
- Buy once, print multiples forever and ever.
Licenses and stuff
The X Canvas is based on the original Business Model Canvas from the makers of Business Model Generation and Strategyzer. This template is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, go here.