Whether it is tracking and organizing the creative process or managing a project, I love the flexibility and the visual aspect of post-it notes. Sometimes, however, when I am on a creative roll, my project management looks like this:
There is a system, a flow and structure. But it can also be visually overwhelming. And then there was the time that I had my project outlined on a piece of 8 1/2 x 14 paper, and 1/3 of my post-it notes fell off! My system had failed.
Enter my favorite app, Corkulous Pro. This corkboard app helps me organize the creative process and manage projects. Creatives can make primary boards, and sub-boards by topic as well as use colorful virtual sticky notes, flags, and tasks with check boxes. You can even add photos or contacts from your phone as a virtual rolodex. Here are some examples from my boards:
I can easily see which tasks are completed and if I decide to change a project around, I can just pinch and swipe to place my task in another portion of the board, just as I would pick up and move a post-it note. And with this technology, I can save boards by season or year and easily reflect on the past and project toward the future.
Most of the features embedded in the app are located in the filing cabinet drawer at the bottom of the screen where you can choose sticky notes, change colors, and more. Corkulous Pro is available for the iPad, iTouch and iPhone, although to get the most from all this app has to offer, in my opinion it is best used on the iPad where you have space to explore and annotate. Although this app costs $4.99, it is worth its weight in gold for visual learners like me. A Lite version, called Corkulous is also available with a single board to try.
Other integrative features include sharing on Dropbox, saving boards as a jpg file or as a PDF.
I can think of several other ways to use this app, such as storyboarding and recording my vision/mission statement, but for now I am happy using all of its great features for project management. Do you think you might try using this app? If so, how do you envision making it work with your creative process?