Before getting into details about visual collaboration tools, let me ask you a simple question: Would you prefer to work in a shabby office or one in which everything is organized? The answer is obvious, an organized workspace. You probably have an ideal workspace idea, preferably with resources such as::
- Sticky Notes
- Multi-colored markers
- And an adjustable webcam to showcase to your team the work you are doing
Physical tools are good as long as it's an in-house team. For remote teams, in order to work at scale, visual collaboration tools can be of great value. These tools offer a number of features that imitate those used and processes followed when collaborating in-person with your teammates.
Some features of an ideal Visual Collaboration tool:
- Shared workspace for all the content and ideas (similar to a whiteboard)
- Templates for project planning, strategy, design, etc.
- Video chat while sharing screen (similar to putting up a webcam on your whiteboard)
- Meeting rooms
- Labeled cursors
Additionally, these tools offer greater flexibility in terms of storage - you can’t buy as many physical whiteboards as you like for every design you create, duh!!🙄
While choosing any visual collaboration software, understand whether it integrates seamlessly with the existing workflow of your organization, or offers customization to do so. This will go a long way in ensuring smooth coordination between your entire team and ensuring excellent results.
For a wholesome remote working environment, just visual collaboration is not enough, though. Hence, we have also put together lists of other collaboration tools across various categories, do check them out, too:
- Team chat apps
- Code Collaboration Tools
- Mail Communication tools
- Idea Management tools
- Design collaboration tools
- Document Collaboration Tools
- Interactive whiteboard tools
- Video conferencing apps
Here’s our list of the best visual collaboration applications for remote work: