Working remotely in design is tough. It’s hard to get non-verbal expression, take turns when talking, and see what the other person is seeing.
Our team goes through this all the time, with a few team members in San Francisco and the rest of us in Buenos Aires.
One of the issues we went through when doing remote brainstorming sessions, was that we were spending too much time describing where we wanted folks to look at.
We think we nailed that problem.
We are introducing a set of Facilitation tools that should help out folks leading sessions to get everybody on the same visual thread.
You can now broadcast your cursor and share you are seeing, so your teammates can see where you are and what you’re talking about.
At MURAL we believe that clear communication translates into groundbreaking ideas. We know that the best design teams prefer to work in the same room because they feel more engaged. We want to deliver this same experience to remote teams.
"Where are you?" is a common question that gets asked between remote collaborators. There’s always a time when you want to show your ideas to the rest of your teammates. In MURAL you can do this by clicking on the “Follow me” button to tell others to follow you.
If they click on your avatar, they’ll start following you. This means they will actually see what you’re seeing as you move around the mural, and they will be able to see what you are referring to while you tell the story.
By the way, you can start following anyone at anytime. Just click on the avatar of the one you want to follow.
As you've probably have noticed by watching the animations above, broadcasting your cursor makes design sessions really engaging. You can point at content you are referring to while talking.
If you don’t want to show your cursor, you can toggle it off too.
Using MURAL with voice and video chat is an amazing experience.