User Experience designers generally deliver user stories, scenario maps, wireframes, and visual designs. In order for all of this to come out the way they are supposed to, designers need to have a crystal-clear picture of the entire project.
To achieve this, designers use whiteboards in order to better organize their tasks, to-do lists, and projects. However, a traditional whiteboard is limited when it comes to the space it offers. Moreover, what do you do when you have to share it with a co-worker to debate ideas?
Miro’s virtual whiteboard solves this issue and offers the whole team the big picture. It is a collaborative whiteboarding platform in which users are presented with an infinite blank canvas which they can populate with smart widgets to make collaboration and sharing ideas easier.
Here’s what UX designers concluded after using Miro for a while:
- The fact that Miro offers an infinite whiteboard is very useful. Users can easily populate it with templates, widgets, and more to make it their own
- There are no restrictions other than your own creativity
- Miro makes it easy to export boards as PDF, JPG, or directly to Google Drive. Moreover, users can create teams to easily share their work with their colleagues
- The commenting feature turns out to be more useful than imagined. It allows all members to leave meaningful comments with their name attached all over the board
- The templates that are already present in Miro make it easier for users to get started and organize their ideas
Miro Usability: what designers have to say
Another thing that matters a lot when it comes to online tools in general is usability. Miro wins a lot of points here as getting started with it couldn’t be easier. All users have to do is create an account and get immediate access to the pre-made templates.
The icons and navigation are very clear and the intuitive interface is one of the reasons why UX designers stuck with it. Due to the simple navigation and intuitive interface, users save a lot of time and have the opportunity to better focus on what matters most: their tasks and ideas.
The sidebar within the software does not take up a lot of space but still allows you to get access to all the tools fast. Zoom out for a top view, zoom in for a more detailed view. Frames and real-time collaborations are also two features that UX designers will be happy to use.
To give you an example, you can easily create flows with screens and notes in seconds and then simply drag and drop what you designed in Sketch, add notes and click share to start a collaboration with your team.
Miro’s Virtual Whiteboard Offers Numerous Features
Miro has a major benefit that we couldn’t help but notice from the beginning: it offers numerous templates while also allowing you to create your own custom templates. There are a lot of themes, palettes, and frames that allow you to beautifully group and organize content.
It helps UX designers see the bigger picture and spot issues faster and easier, making the problem-solving technique easier.
Besides this core feature, users will get the chance to explore the following:
Screen sharing presentations
Say you’ve just completed a design and need to present it to your manager, colleagues, or other teams. Miro allows you to present your work and let everyone see and weigh in on what has been worked so far the completed tasks, and progress made. Even more, it allows users to present their work from any device.
As you probably already know, wireframing is the heart of any design and it undergoes a lot of changes before approval. The entire process can be shorter and more effective with Miro, which allows you to pick from 60+ wireframe templates that aim to help you complete your tasks faster and in a more efficient way.
Mapping out ideas is probably one of the best methods to brainstorm and elevate your thinking. Users can manage projects visually and create a visual map of the entire project. Moreover, collaborators can join in and bring their contributions in real-time.
A well-designed mindmap will allow you to anticipate obstacles, solve issues in due time, and successfully respect the deadlines.
Miro easily connects with Zoom and allows you to hold video conferences to present your work in a beautiful, effective way. Up to 25 participants can get in calls and tools such as countdown timers, voting plugins, Slack, and more.
Agile and dynamic workflows
Kanban principles have been used to style Miro’s workflows and reflect completed work, in-progress tasks, and yet to be done. There are over 120+ pre-built workflow templates that easily integrate with Jira, Confluence, and Asana.
Our Verdict: Is Miro good for designers?
We believe that UX designers will love Miro as the pre-built wireframe templates will help them better organize their work and ideas. Moreover, they will get to choose from a plethora of templates, frames, and User interface mockups that will inspire them.
We live in the age of virtual collaboration in which Miro fits perfectly. It truly helps you stay connected to your co-workers and not lose track of ideas.