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How This Creative Uses Cardsmith to Organize Ideas

I’ve used sketchbooks to keep track of my thoughts and plans since college, which somehow was over a decade ago.  In black hardbound sketchbooks I have planned many events, creative projects, kept track of life’s whatnots, and shaped random thoughts into ambitious ideas.  (Also occasionally, you know — sketching, it’s …

Timeboxing Is About More Than Getting Things Done

Rome wasn’t built in a day. But what if it had been? The Romans would probably have had to forgo all those aqueducts, fountains, churches, piazzas, palaces, decorative statues, catacombs and other architectural marvels. Forget the Colosseum, Pantheon, and Sistine Chapel. The city would look and feel completely different. Perhaps …

Our Team (People) Board

Cardsmith can be used to organize anything, even Cardsmith itself!  We use a board called Team People and Process to lay out all of our team members, their responsibilities, short bios, and photos.

This helps our team easily keep track of who does what, which is great for delegating tasks …

Public Collaboration in Cardsmith

Introducing Public Collaboration

We’ve released a new premium feature! Premium account users can now make a public board collaborative. Great for meetups, conferences, or collecting your co-workers’ thoughts on Netflix vs. Hulu, Public Collaboration allows anyone with the link to a board to add, edit, and yes, even delete cards.…

Create a Compelling Comparison Chart

WYSWHYMD

Yes, I did just make up a new acronym: what you see will help you make decisions. This is a blog post about how I researched and documented my findings on WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) website editors.

Researching what online tools you should use is …

The Only Brainstorming Tool Facilitators Really Need

What distinguishes a creative, productive, and fun brainstorming session from a waste of time and energy?

There are plenty of articles online that tackle the issue by offering endless advice—“ask the right questions,” “set constructive boundaries”—or enumerating a long list of apps. Okay, guilty as charged; even we’ve written one …

Does this Board Spark Joy?

Who could have predicted that one of Japan’s most sought-after decluttering experts would be so popular here, now, in the United States? Yet there’s no denying the sensation that is Marie Kondo and her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

In hindsight, Ms. Kondo’s approach to work and …

Getting Rid of Blank Board Intimidation

I recently read Design The Beginning, an article by Julie Zhou, product design director of Facebook. She writes about how we as product creators are so enthusiastic about what our product offers, that we neglect a very important part of it. When we daydream about a user using our product, …

The Consultant’s Dilemma

If you work as an independent consultant, you understand the challenge of playing two roles at once: consultant and salesperson. It’s a uniquely frustrating cycle.

First, you submerge yourself in nonstop selling and networking activity. You keep at it because you know major projects take time to land and, when …