WWW… Wednesday! Whimsical
by Taylor Slattery | February 17, 2021
Whether through necessity or just convenience, more companies are transitioning from the traditional office setting to remote work. While many companies adopted remote work as a means of surviving the pandemic, through the adoption of new tools many have come to realize the true value of remote work. Collaborative tools have granted us greater flexibility in both location and time, resulting in more opportunity for collaboration at home and abroad. We can bypass obstacles that would normally limit the scope of our collaborations. We can now be sure we’re working with the best candidates for the job, not just what’s available in our cities.
Remote work isn’t without its challenges though. Digital tools have yet to fully bridge the divide between online and in-person collaboration and surprisingly simple things can cause some major hangups. Problems that could be easily solved via a 10-minute conversation and a scribble on a whiteboard become huge obstacles in the digital realm.
Whimsical is a collaborative workspace aimed at arming teams with the tools they need to quickly communicate ideas in a clear, visual way. It takes commonly used tools and processes from the meeting room and combines them with a host of new features only possible in a digital space. The result is a super-charged ideation and collaboration app.
It’s easy to get started with Whimsical because it uses processes teams are already familiar with. Different types of ideas require different visual representations, and Whimsical offers 4 different tools that cover most use-cases. Teams can switch between flowcharts, wireframes, sticky notes, or mind maps to visually communicate their ideas, but it’s the organization made possible by Whimsical that truly takes them to the next level. Whiteboards get erased, sticky notes get lost, but having your timeline in a single, organized space for everyone to see clearly helps to keep teams on the same page and ensure any changes or updates don’t go unnoticed.
Whimsical is useful at any stage of a project. Whether used at the start to hash out rough ideas and get the ball rolling, or later on when it’s time to regroup or make revisions, Whimsical serves as a means of quickly developing and communicating ideas. While many wireframing tools on the market focus on delivering polished, presentation-ready assets, Whimsical is for those looking to get real work done and don’t have time to worry about how it looks. If you’re looking to create charts and assets for presenting to clients, you might want to try a different tool. However, for internal work, when you just have to figure out solutions and keep organized, it doesn’t get easier or faster than Whimsical. To learn more or try it out for yourself, be sure to check Whimsical’s site here.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.