Digital Designer and World Builder

Using Trello as an Idea Board

A Digital Post-It note realised.

Recently Trello got accquired by Atlassian software. Good for them.

One tip I would share using trello is how you can use Trello as an idea board. Even if it is just for yourself.

I used to write in Evernote and prior to that in my notebooks. But I find that as things grow a single page document is not enough.

Even with endless pages I find that I cannot make comparisons or link them visually ideas and concepts.

see all ideas in one place.

Trello seems to use the Post-It metaphor in a digital space. Which is good if you do things like affinity mapping or want a broad overview of all the ideas in one place. Try doing that on a physical wall and you run out space.

How I use it?

I usually start off using Trello to collect links articles into various cards or writing into the comments section of each card. I create new boards for a new topic such as Working Ideas or Wishlists.

Use Checklist to quickly write ideas in the card as bullet points of things you want to see in each card.

I will then close Trello after collecting some notes, and re-look at it another day and seeing all the cards in the dashboard and continue to edit or change things around.

A Trello Card in Detail.
A Trello Card in Detail.

One thing not Replicated

The only thing lacking is the ability to scribble on mutiple noter bookmark a card or link cards together by tags.

But overall its a good system to bring your Post-It Notes thinking into a digital realm.

Do Check out the Trello Inspiration board for some cool ideas to kickstart your personal idea brainstorm.


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Teh William, Weiqing

1Nakata: A Digital Designer / Animator / Developer. Wizard Apprentice Storyteller. World building my Imagination, creating worlds one picture at a time.

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