Overall Satisfaction with Miro
I’m currently a grad student in the Master of Architecture program at the University of Washington. Last year with the COVID pandemic, our in-person collaborative design studios went entirely remote- something has historically not happened. For the first few months, we struggled to adapt to the online design studio, but after an instructor obtained an academic license for our class, things changed immediately. No more frustrating scribbling over zoom on a shared screen pdf, only to change the page and have your drawings remain. No more hopping between windows and tabs and having windows not display properly. With Miro, I found my workflow instantly improve, and the web app was so intuitive it took almost no learning curve. As I gained more skills on what it could do, I started pushing to use Miro beyond just design sessions. It became a project planning tool for upcoming assignments and group projects, and eventually a presentation tool. I love having all my thoughts on one board, organized by frames and areas where I can make a quick substitution on a presentation image without re-exporting and uploading a PDF. And the resolution and latency are amazing for sharing and multi-user collaboration.
- Versatile content formats (upload anything!)
- Flexibility to work how you want
- Easy of sharing and access for users outside your immediate network
- Very stable
- Additional features for presenting.
- Ability to divide a large board into zones, rather than make multiple zones.
- Sometimes large files like PDFs don’t display after upload until clicked on. They could use a way to preview while they load, rather than click on a blurry image and wait for it to sharpen.
- Better visual communication.
- Faster iteration over existing designs and ideal.
- Less time searching through folders for saved files hidden from view.
Overall I’m just blown away by how easy it is to use Miro. It seems like they’ve thought of everything, from frames that have their own hyperlinks for specific sharing to instant saves that never need to be backed up, or easy export for archiving previous work. I can’t say how much I love this tool, and how it continues to become used in more and more scenarios.
Using Miro is so easy, and what’s even better is inviting guests or visitors to a board is just as easy. It’s intuitive and I rarely need to explain what to do, as usually someone’s first interaction with using a board I’ve set up if they’ve never used Miro is, “Cool!” and they immediately start exploring the space and looking at what is up.
As an architecture grad student, most of our studio work is collaborative, while at the same time, still a learning environment where we are actively making mistakes and getting instructor feedback as we revise designs. The addition of Miro has provided an invaluable way to document the changes over time, without spending additional time doing so. Every session, we start afresh frame with the key points of the previous design and push the work forward from there. After months of this, as a studio project nears completion, it’s rewarding to zoom out of a board and see how far you’ve come in such a short time, as well as quickly identify critical points that shouldn’t be lost along the way.
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Miro is amazing for almost everything I’ve applied it to, largely because due to the flexibility of how you can lay out cards and frames, you can essentially build a board or tool using the tools in Miro. I used to use a combination of Google slides, Trello, and Google Docs that have all been replaced by a workflow I set up in Miro. It might not be ideal for people who are intimidated by a blank canvas or aren’t sure how to use a whiteboard to their advantage. It’s ideal for people who are tired of trying to force an existing tool to fit a workflow they have that isn’t quite the right match. It excels at multiple users brainstorming and uploading ideas at the same time, which show up live and in real-time.