Monday, February 25, 2013

Visual Thinking App

Old friends will recall that I am a big proponent of visual thinking.  My preferred technique to fully exploit that power of visual thinking is mind mapping.  Another, less technical technique that I use is the good old sticky note.  I create a board.  Then I put a different colored sticky note on the board for each issue in the case.  Then below the stick for each issue I outline the relevant facts for the issue.  The physical act of placing the stickies, the the visual cues of of the different colors, and the ability to move the stickies around the board all allow for improved organization and recall.

Along these lines I have just come across a new visual thinking app.  Stickyboard 2 is a giant whiteboard with a never ending stack of sticky notes.  Available for the iPad, Stickyboard features the following:
  • Stickyboard 2 sports an elegant and intuitive interface. Double-tap to add a note. Select and drag notes around with your finger.
  • You have a large, zoomable board to capture all your ideas. Zoom by pinching, and pan with 2 fingers.
  • It's easy to rearrange ideas, capture their relationships, and discover important patterns.
  • Use four standard colors (yellow, blue, pink, and green), plus 2 special ones (lavender and sunrise).
  • Draw free-form with the marker tool. Write, outline, and sketch around your notes.
  • Email boards as PDF files or just text to easily share with colleagues or archive changes.
  • Stickyboard 2 is infinitely flexible. Use your favorite real-world sticky-note and whiteboarding techniques.
This is a great little app.  Take a look at what it can do:


And check this out, right now IT IS FREE IN THE APP STORE.

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