Top 10: Whiteboards, Blackboards, and Brainstorming Tools

Top 10:  Whiteboards, Blackboards, and Brainstorming Tools


whiteboardsMath on a window by Quinn Dumbrowski.

There is something about a blank page. The uncarved block is perfect in its limitless potential. In one sense, any mark, or any cut, diminishes it.

In another, less hokey and vastly more practical sense, the world is full of blank pages and uncarved blocks. So if you don’t like where it’s going, you know, just throw it away and get a new one. Or, if that makes you feel wasteful, just start out marking on something you can erase.

Sound like a boring topic for a round-up? I thought so, too, until I started researching. Just see if you can make it all the way to the end without getting an itch to start marking something up.


Blackboard Idea Globe


Robotic Blackboard


How-To: Mini Chalkboards


Transform a clothing rack into a portable whiteboard


What’s the most ridiculous object you can cover with chalkboard paint?


Whiteboard a whole wall with IdeaPaint


Turn a chalk board into a dry erase board


Parts storage behind drop-down whiteboard


Desktop as whiteboard


Giant, cheap whiteboards from showerboard

2 thoughts on “Top 10: Whiteboards, Blackboards, and Brainstorming Tools

  1. Jonathan-Peterson says:

    Marc Canter ended up using a picket fence in his backyard as a collaborative brainstorming space for digital id and similar things. Sitting in the backyard having cookouts and happy hour beers with colleagues with chalk, permanent markers and paint near at hand is pretty genius:

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