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Technology Tools

Remote working tools

When you work in a creative environment (and are social distancing or self-isolating), keeping close and collaborative can feel hard. Here’s a list of tools that can help that I’ve found useful.

Video calls

Whereby – A solid backup if Google Hangouts isn’t working. In this free version, we can have up to 4 people so good for small group chats. 
Slack – you can make video calls in platform

Writing 

Google docs – Obvs. 

Designing / Making

Miro – like a collaborative whiteboard, complete with post-it notes
Figma – design platform for digital projects and products 
Marvelapp – great for prototyping or showing flat designs
Canva – thousands of design templates, really good for social posts
Postermywall – quick poster and flyer design with loads of templates

Workshops with clients 

Mentimeter – amazing UX, lots of functionality
Slido – polls and engagement tool
Fun Retro – good for lists and reflection

Tasks and project management  

Trello
Stormboard

If you know of more that have worked for you, please share!

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Inspiration

Weekly transmission

The most commonly used opening line of every newsletter, email and other comms I’ve received this week as a response to coronavirus is “we’re living in unprecendented times”. One anomaly was from the To Write Love on Her Arms team which led with “Hope will not be cancelled”. That’s my mantra of the moment right now.

I’m starting a newsletter. In the absence of sharing recommendations and inspiration in person with friends and family, I’ll do it virtually. Starting now ..

  1. Listen to this podcast, ‘The Case of the Missing Hit’ about when an earworm (song you can’t get out of your head) turns into an obsession.
  2. Sign up to your local mutual aid group. In addition to being there for your neighbourhood, it’s a brilliant reminder of the humanity in people.
  3. Watch this dog fly into a pile of leaves. Oh Stella, such a funny pup.

PS – The above is not my newsletter. It’s a preview of what’s to come. Drop me a line if you want to subscribe.