πŸ—³οΈ Poll: Why do you start from a blank mural instead of a template?

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edited June 2021 in Templates

At MURAL we have over 200 templates in our library. We know people love them,πŸ’– and we know people want to see more of them. We also know sometimes when people start a new mural, they open a blank canvas. πŸ”²

Are you one of these people? We are trying to understand what drives both the desire for more templates and the reality of starting from scratch. πŸ‘©β€πŸ«

So, why do you start from a blank mural instead of choosing a template? πŸ‘€ Vote in the poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

πŸ—³οΈ Poll: Why do you start from a blank mural instead of a template?

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  • Really great question Emilia! Sometimes I like to have a very simple template to then jazz up and leave my own stamp on it. Other times if I am in a rush I use a template, and if sometimes I have some spare time and a very specific need I like to see if I can build one!!

  • JulieWhitehouse
    JulieWhitehouse Mural Alum mod

    For me, I think it depends on my needs. Many times I start blank because I don't always know where I want to end up. But it super helpful to search around for existing template and pick pieces and ideas from them to help me out. I think I tend to start from a blank template if it is just for me. But when I am conducting a meeting with a group a people, a template with pre-existing information and organization is probably the best way to go! I love that there are options for sure. πŸ˜€

  • Interesting! For those of you who said you prefer the flexibility of a blank mural, are you using the content library or copy from other murals?

  • kara
    kara Mural Alum ✭✭✭

    I generally use templates, especially if it is for work that will be going into my team's room, or otherwise shared out, for a few reasons -

    Speed

    so.....I'm not always the most patient person, so it's much faster for me to start from a template and revise, then to start designing a session from scratch. I don't need to spend time creating outlines or instructions either, since those are included. I don't want to 'recreate the wheel' when I can usually just click a button.

    Visuals

    Templates are great looking. There is obviously a lot of thoughtfulness when they are designed. Color palettes, cool images... (see my patient comment above haha)

    Expertise

    As my team is growing and we are all trying to figure out the best ways of getting to know and work with each other, I was looking for some kind of team agreements template. I came across the Culture Design Canvas - it's exactly perfect. I'm not an expert on psychological safety for teams, but I have confidence that this template was created by someone who is, and this is a framework that will help achieve that goal for my team.

    🀩😍

    -kara-

  • kara
    kara Mural Alum ✭✭✭

    Also....I'm looking for a Focus Group template if anyone has one, or a template that could be easily revised

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  • Thank you for sharing @kara! Great idea. How do you usually perform a focus group activity? You can share your ideas in the Template Ideas category!

  • Christina
    Christina ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2021

    @kara Thank you so much for pointing out the Culture Design Canvas - it really is awesome! I have 2 classes left with my university groups and will definitely try this before they go. I think I will put them in groups and ask them to describe the kind of place they want to work by reflecting on each of these points. I had not seen that one so very glad you mentioned it! They used the Team Canvas before at the start of the semester, as the class grade is based on group presentations, and it will be interesting to see what they decide to bring over from that one, which is similar but not the same, to this one as they go from talking about their wishes as current students to those as they imagine their future professional selves.