Quick tip: How to make any mural or template look great!
You've prepared a mural for your next meeting or workshop, but it still looks a bit unorganized and boring to share with your team.
Don't panic! We got your back. You can fix this with a couple of simple steps, and you don't need to be a designer to apply these hacks on your own digital and physical workshop artefacts.
1 Pick a color palette
Pick a palette of colors to use these throughout your mural. Using a maximum of 3 colors in the layout of your canvas make your design look harmonic. Be consistent about where and how you use colors as they can support visual organization of content.
To make it easy to access your colors, add 3 sticky notes to your canvas and give each one a different colour.
Bonus! You might also want to use color coding to highlight different types of input your participants add during the session.
See the Design a flyer template for examples of ready made color palettes.
2 Titles and text
Think of the canvas and the possibility of creating a pattern - create a standard for headers, subheaders and paragraphs. Start by adding a title text element from the left toolbar and make it bold. Next, add a textbox for instructions. Make sure at headers are readable when zoomed out to make navigation easier. Copy and paste this text template for each section!
See the Workshop building blocks template for example formatting for text.
3 Frame your content
Be easily seen! Add solid backgrounds behind, or borders around your content to frame it nicely. Besides making it easier for participants to see where to add their answers, it also helps highlight your content!
Get inspired by the Workshop toolkit template.
4 Be visual
Use icons and shapes to communicate visually. This makes for more fun but also a heightened chance of remembering! You can use icons to illustrate different topics, and shapes to create canvases for collaboration.
Check out the visuals of the Sailboat retrospective template.
5 Measure the space
Nobody is feeling their most creative when they are forced into spaces that are too small! Too much space might make content hard to find, and too little space will make the answers overflow the space of the activity.
Make sure you create enough space for your activies. Size the workspaces based on how many items people will add to make sure there's the right amount of space for the activity. Use this simple calculation:
number of participants * number of sticky notes each will add
= the amount of space needed for the activity
Bonus! Leave placeholder sticky notes in the mural that the participants can add their answers too.
Get inspired by the Brainstorming template by Facebook.
Pro tip! Copy elements you like from existing templates to steal styles you like! Why don’t you add them to your content library!
What are your best tips to make any template look great? Share in the comments.