Trello for Android – Now with 100% More Material!

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It’s finally here – our material Trello app for Android! We’ve been designing and coding our butts off for months on this release.1 It’s better, easier to use, and it looks sweet!

Wait a Minute – What the Heck is Material Design?

I’ve gotten a bit ahead of myself. Material design is a visual language introduced by Google this year. At its core, it’s a set of guidelines for creating well-designed apps that not only look good, but work well and delight the user.

This new release is Trello’s first foray into material design. The goal is to make the app look and feel better than ever.

More Than a Fresh Coat of Paint

There are no half measures for our team. In re-imagining the app through a material lens, we ran through the entire experience and made sure no stone was left unturned. Seriously, it was a ton of work.

Even more than that, we saw this project as an opportunity to rework some of the rougher parts of the app. We simplified navigation. We created a new board sidebar, which will be a lot easier to use than our old system. We made visual attachments easier to view. And so much more!

Show Me the Money!

Enough talk: what sort of changes did we make? A few pictures are worth thousands of words, which is great because I’m getting tired of typing anyways.

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As you can see, we’re not trying to give a shock to your system; it’s still the same Trello you have come to know and love. We just streamlined the interactions via material design and hard work.

Not Just for Candy Lovers

No one gets left behind! Even though only the most recent version of Android, Lollipop, showcases material design, we were able to bring material awesomeness to everyone.2

Just like that, you no longer have to upgrade your phone. Trello saves you from needing to buy a new gadget. What other app has saved you so much cash?

Things to Come

Check out the new version of the app – we’ll be rolling it out over the next couple days. Find out what you like, what you don’t, then help us improve it. Let us know what you think – the good and the bad. We’re always working to make the app better.


1The internal codename was “mako” – bonus points if you can figure out the reason for that.

2Well, truthfully, only most of it. Some things aren’t possible pre-Lollipop unless you’re a wizard and we don’t have any on staff at the moment.

Custom Bikes, A Cup O’ Joe, And Trello: How One Growing Business Stays Organized

Heritage General Store is a coffee and bicycle repair shop that uses Trello to keep their coffee brewing and their spokes spinning.

Bikes and coffee. This may seem like an unlikely combination, but not so for Michael Salvatore, owner of Heritage Coffee and Bicycle Shop.

“We saw an opportunity to pair these two unlikely ideas largely because of Chicago weather,” Michael explains. In the summer, people ride their bikes. Not so in the winter; Chicagoans may be tough, but they need their coffee to get through the annual Polar Vortex(es). “We wanted a functional space that could bring these two ideas together in a way that bike riders would feel comfortable walking into a coffeeshop and vice versa.”

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It’s working. Heritage Coffee and Bicycle Shop is bustling with vibrant and eclectic energy in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Customers may seem confused when they walk into the shop to order a latte and see bicycles being sold and repaired in the back, but they quickly acclimate and become regulars due to the delicious coffee and relaxed vibe.

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“Heritage began to grow rapidly and we realized we needed something to keep track of things and keep people accountable. Since we started using it, it’s become essential to running our business. I’m in Trello every day, assigning tasks and seeing what I can do.”

 

 

 

Heritage uses Trello for many essential processes, from managing bicycle repair orders to planning movie nights with employees. “Every time I have an idea, I like to jump into Trello and write it down. It’s great to have one spot where everyone can see what’s going on and voice their opinions,” said Alan Gagne, General Manager of Heritage. “I use the mobile app all the time, like if a customer calls in and wants to place a wholesale order. I can pull out my phone and get their info down to put in our Wholesale board.”

 

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Some essential workflows for Heritage include:

Tracking bike repair orders

service2When an order comes in, a service technician creates a card with essential information for the order: the customer’s name, phone number, bike model, etc. Then they go through the workflow shown below. Cards are moved through “Needs Paint,” “Ready to Build,” “Wheel Repairs,” and “Ready for Pickup” lists. Technicians attach pictures of receipts before they archive cards and make notes for future repairs.

Managing a pop up shop space

popupshop4Heritage hosts a pop up shop space right next door. They have a dedicated Trello board for managing businesses that are interested in using the space, businesses they have contacted, and businesses that are scheduled to use the space. Adding due dates to cards helps everyone see the progression of when merchants are scheduled to use the space.

Sales pipeline

heritage_wholesale2Heritage has wholesale accounts with bike shops across the US that buy their custom made bikes. One board is dedicated to tracking potential leads, one manages outreach to these leads, and another records outcomes in the sales process. In other words, the goal of these boards is to get more Heritage bikes sold in more bike shops and hotels across the US.

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“Trello has been a game changer for our business,” says Mike. “Keeping people accountable in a tool they can access anywhere helps us run our business. We love Trello.”

Are you a business that utilizes sales pipelines? We made a sample board you can copy that mimics Heritage’s board for acquiring wholesale clients. Don’t feel limited by these samples- adopt them to your own shop and let us know how it goes!

Sample sales pipeline board – Copy me!

Note: All boards depicted here are samples based on the actual boards. They do not depict actual customers, clients of Heritage, or phone numbers. 

Give The Gift Of Free Trello Gold!

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In case you haven’t noticed, Trello is the perfect tool for all your holiday needs. It can be used as your holiday shopping buddy, or as a way to keep your holiday card recipients organized. You can use Trello to plan an office party, or to send corporate gifts. You can even use it to get the whole family involved in that much needed house cleaning (ahem).

In the spirit of giving, we wanted to provide you with an opportunity to send two of your friends a free month of Trello Gold. We’ll also throw you a free month of gold, as well. Because we have a few people to cross off of our lists, too.

Click here to give the gift of Trello Gold!

FAQ

So, what’s the deal? You guys think you’re Santa? You’re giving out free Trello Gold?
Yes.

Cool. How do I get it?
You click here. Then put down the email addresses of two people you think are special, and we’ll give them gold. For being such a charitable giver of Gold, you get a free month of Trello Gold as well.

How many months of Gold do I get?
You can get a maximum of two months: one for giving and one for getting.

Is it free?
Yes. Giving the Gift of Gold to your friends is completely free.

Can I give Gold to someone who isn’t on Trello?
By all means, spread the word. Give ‘em some gold, tag ‘em on a board, and get stuff done, TOGETHER!

What if I already had Trello Gold on my account prior to this?
An extra free month is added onto the tail end.

What if more than one person gives me Gold?
You can only get the Gift of Gold from one person. Technically you could forward that link to someone else, so they too can enjoy some gilded magic.

What if I send Gold to someone that already got it?
The decree states that one can only be gifted Trello Gold once.

Umm, what is Trello Gold?
Oh yeah! Ha. In short, Trello Gold swags out your Trello boards. Here’s some more useful info about Trello Gold.

Cards, Community, and Cleaning: The Trello Holiday Haul

For the holiday season, we’d like to offer you something infinitely more useful than a partridge in a pear tree. This time of year can be the most fun, but it can also be the most stressful, especially if you’re in charge of logistics for office get togethers or coordinating gifts.

Below are some ideas for how Trello can make you superhuman this holiday season. For example, when you forgot to leave cookies and milk out for Santa last year, Trello could have helped. When you dropped the ball on end of year expenses, Trello could have kept you afloat. So help yourself to this smorgas-board (pardon the pun) of ideas and let us know if you have more!

Sending Holiday Cards

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It’s tradition in some offices and/or families to send season’s greetings with cards this time of of year. While you’ve got a spreadsheet with addresses, you lack a way to organize the workflow and divide up with your partner or coworkers. Trello can simplify that. Start by making a Trello card for every person who needs to be sent a holiday card. The copy/paste to make cards feature will make this a snap if you’re copying the info over from a spreadsheet. You can then assign cards to be written by different people, who can move through the workflow of “Assigned,” “Writing,” and “Sent.”

Holiday cards sample board – Feel free to copy this sample board and customize it for your own use.


Organize Volunteer Activities

Holiday Toy Drive

If you plan to volunteer for a worthy cause, Trello can help you accomplish the most by organizing your tasks. For example, if you’re holding a charity toy drive, you can make a board where officemates put down what they plan to contribute. Set due dates so they get reminders to bring in their donations. Start by creating a board and adding all of your coworkers, then make a column labeled “Important Info.” The next column can be “I’m Donating…” where coworkers can create a card for items they are going to bring and add themselves to it. When the donation has been brought in you can move the card to the “I’ve Donated!” list.

Volunteer work sample board – Feel free to copy this sample board and customize it for your own use.


Streamline Gift Giving

Corporate Holiday Gifts

Many companies choose to send holiday gifts to valued clients. Use a Trello board to organize things like ideas for gifts, what has been ordered, and the date that items will be received. Consider using labels to represent a few different types of gifts, and assign the label to the appropriate card. If clients send a thank you note, you can also snap a photo and attach it to the card, thereby creating a repository of information for next year when you wonder which clients received gifts and how much you spent.

Corporate gifts sample board  – Feel free to copy this sample board and customize it for your own use.


Strategize Cleaning

Holiday Cleaning

This idea comes to us from Twitter, where Brian Kelly shared a picture of his holiday home cleaning board. Before the relatives arrive, Trello can help you identify what cleaning needs to get done, and then subsequently divide and conquer. In this case, make a list for each room in your home, then create cards for specific cleaning tasks. You can then assign cards to each family member and add a due date so they know exactly what needs to be done and when.

House cleaning sample board – Feel free to copy this sample board and customize it for your own use.

How else are you using Trello to stay sane this holiday season? We want to know!

Plan Your Ho-Ho-Holiday Office Party With Trello

Or it’s beginning to look a lot like you’ll be the one planning the office holiday party.

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You’re in the holiday spirit, and since you know all the words to Jingle Bell Rock and incessantly hum it around the office, your co-workers graciously charged you with planning the Office Holiday Party.

In this scenario, your chipper Buddy the Office Elf persona can easily go from “Ho! Ho! Ho!” to “Ho! Ho! NO” fairly quickly when every water cooler chat becomes a deluge of questions about the holiday party: what should they bring to the potluck, who is bringing a guest, and most importantly where should you hide the karaoke machine after Sheryl from HR exceeds three drinks?

Well, your office is already using Trello for project management, so here are some hints on how Trello can be more helpful than a handful of elves in planning the perfect holiday party.

First of all, think about how to structure your party planning board. With Trello, you can create a workflow and change it instantly by moving around list names as you add more categories, like “Favorite Holiday Songs!”  (or on second thought, decide to get rid of them later).

Start the board by creating an “Important Info” column. You can create a card for each relevant piece of information: date, time, location, dress code. This way every time you get bombarded with questions you can just point your ever-curious (but always pleasant) coworkers to one central repository of information. In addition, you can always add more cards to this list as you add pressing details like “What time is Santa coming?”

Next, you probably need to figure out who is making it to this holiday shindig, if they are bringing a sig-o, and how to convince them to make their famous candy cane brownies for the potluck. Create a column called “Invited” and make cards for each person in the office (or rather, whoever your boss tells you to invite). Then make columns titled “Yes,” “No,” and “Maybe.”

RSVP’ing using Trello is super simple: all people need to do is move their names from the “Invited” list to the appropriate RSVP column. They can even note if they are bringing a guest right on the card’s title. You may also choose to have labels that signify dietary restrictions which guests can put on cards. This way, everyone can enjoy the office potluck.

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The next column may be “What I’m Bringing to the Potluck” or “I’m Participating in Secret Santa” where co-workers can opt into holiday festivities by creating a card with their name on it. They may also choose to include the recipe of their famous latkes with sage butter (yum!) or attach a nice picture as a card cover to make everyone hungry when viewing the board. Since everyone can see the running total of attendees, guests don’t have to incessantly ask you how big their tuna casserole should be.

In the Secret Santa list, you could also choose to add a card that describes how much people should spend on a gift, and whether it should be wrapped. Remember, the goal of this Trello board is to make you look as slick as Santa while keeping you stress free.

Before sending out your holiday party board to the rest of the office, make sure to check your settings and set the board to “Organization Visible.” You can encourage coworkers to subscribe to the board so they get updates on changes, or just check in every once in a while. Just make sure you don’t get a ton of emails from coworkers saying they can’t access the board because it’s still private.

Let your imagination run wild! Here are some other ideas of how to impress co-workers while staying insanely organized:

  1. Add a festive board background to your holiday planning board!
  2. Make a list called “Song Requests” so you only have to hear “All I Want For Christmas Is You” once.
  3. Decorate your cards with all the trimmings using custom stickers.
  4. Have coworkers participate in a holiday toy drive by adding a “Toy Drive” calling and creating cards for participants and gifts.

We’ve created a sample board you can easily copy to get the party planning started. Check out our sample board!