Over the past year, we’ve been using Miro more and more in our work at Insitu. As an international team of creatives, producers, and scientists, we value visual design, organisation, and research. We need tools that allow for anytime collaboration, are compatible with multimedia file types, and ease the flow of communication across different time zones and countries. That’s not to say that we need a four-dimensional tool, but something that we can use throughout our development process, retaining history while updating with new content.
Miro is an online canvas, a digital version of an office workboard or whiteboard, giving you access to unlimited space, pens, and sticky notes. With more than 50 billion physical sticky notes sold each year, it’s no surprise that start-up Miro kicked off 2022 as a business unicorn with their simple, colourful, and intuitive platform—with digital sticky notes playing a starring role.
At Insitu, we use Miro collaboratively as a team, and also independently in our roles as creatives, producers, learning designers, and developers. And we love it!
“ It’s fantastic for creating a mind map. With everything in one place, it reduces cognitive load, and allows you to focus without interruption.” – Eszter Meszaros, Learning Designer
“ We use Miro to make sense of a big discussion and easily record our analysis. We can create together and decide immediately what to do.” – Jenny Berrisford, Learning Designer
Miro stays true to the digital stationary aesthetic, while offering features to organise and tidy things up far easier than real stationary.
Miroversity Class of ‘22
Miro held their first virtual learning conference this year, called the 2022 Miroversity Conference. It was a well-moderated, interactive 3-day event that also announced the launch of Miro Academy skill badges. Our team earned the badges that have been introduced so far, Miro Essentials and Mapping & Diagramming.
The courses were self-paced, neatly organised, and didn’t overwhelm with information, keeping their instructions accessible. We picked up on this because these are factors that Insitu values in its own learning design. We always put ourselves in the learner’s seat, thinking about how they will experience what we create. That’s what in situ means, after all! Being lifelong learners and attending training to supplement our experience also keeps our student perspective fresh.
Every Miro starts off as a blank board. In the words of West Side Story composer Stephen Sondheim, “A blank page or canvas. So many possibilities.”
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Pinar Ozmizrak is a Learning Designer at Insitu.