Over 20 years ago Steve Jobs uttered the words, “You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology.” Some point to this moment as the birth of Design Thinking or Human-Centered Design.
Visualize and Communicate Ideas with MURAL
Sometimes, the best way to express what you have in your head is to sketch it out. We’ve added some more tools for you to make working this way in MURAL even easier.
Draw Ideas and Concepts
Since a mural is, after all, an online whiteboard, you can now draw freely in your murals for a full whiteboard experience.
Enter Draw Mode to make quick sketches, connect ideas or annotate content in the mural. You have three different pen widths to work in different levels of detail, and a highlighter to make important ideas stand out.
Just click on the pencil icon in the mural sidebar, or press D, to enter Draw Mode and get to sketching!
Communicate Visually with Noun Project Icons
Don’t feel like sketching? No problem. The Noun Project boasts an impressive library of over a million icons, and now you can use them all in your murals to illustrate your ideas.
Besides the 200 default icons, any related icons from The Noun Project database appear in the Icons tab when you type a keyword into the search field. You can use icons to reflect emotions in journey maps or retrospectives, give faces to Personas, or as UI placeholders for basic wireframes.
It’s never been easier to tell a story or explain an idea visually with so many icons at your fingertips.You’ll also be able to change the color of any icon you add to the mural. Keep your color coding consistent, reflect emotions or urgency, or just make them look pretty.
Use Custom Colors
Speaking of changing colors, if the default library of colors isn’t cutting it for you, you can add custom colors to your palette.
Create sticky notes in your favorite shade of teal, or create titles and icons with your client’s brand colors. You can choose the color using the color picker, or enter the hex code if you need to be more specific.
You can also play around with a color’s transparency, which is a great touch when you’re creating artefacts like Venn diagrams and Bull’s Eye diagrams.
Each custom color you add will be added to your palette only. But, if you see a color that isn’t in your palette that you just have to have, you can also add it to your palette. Simply click on the element, select the color editor, and click ‘Add Color’. Custom colors apply to all elements with a color palette, including icons, drawings, sticky notes, text background and text color, shapes, and areas, so don’t hold back!
Communicating visually is a quick and effective way to get your ideas across, and thus indispensable when teams get together to brainstorm ideas and design solutions.
Head of Product at MURAL. A lifelong learner, passionate about strategy, productivity and simplicity.
May, 31 2018