Choosing a whiteboard: surface quality is critical

Article Summary: When it comes to whiteboard surface, the User Experience will become less enjoyable the longer you use products with surfaces other than glass and ceramic steel. This may or may not be an issue for you but its good to consider when next considering your requirements for visual management.

We hear a lot about User Experience in today’s tech world, but how many of us think about the user experience when it comes to workplace furniture?

I’m sure you think about chairs and wouldn’t dream of putting uncomfortable or non-ergonomic chairs in your workspace. So why scrimp on products that drive change, creativity and impact the user experience?

Ok, so what am I talking about?

I’m talking about whiteboards – or, as we call them, work walls – which are now being used extensively as tools for change with processes like Agile Project Methodology and Design Thinking.

The humble whiteboard has been reinvented to a work wall and it’s likely that most of the creativity and breakthroughs are coming from people standing or sitting in front of a work wall that allows your employees or clients visualise and explore ideas with colleagues.

Missed Opportunity?

However, we believe there is a missed opportunity to create higher levels of engagement, return and user experience by understanding… should the solution be fixed or mobile, what is the right surface, and how much do I need for the business to get real lasting benefits?

Tackling all of these dimensions in one article is too much, so I am starting with the easiest and the one that has the most impact on user experience – the surface.

Whiteboard Surface Types

whiteboard surfaceIn regard to whiteboard surface quality, it all comes down to the:

  1. Polish on the surface
  2. Flatness of the surface

There is a great degree of cost difference in whiteboard surfaces. And within each surface there are quality differences that also have an impact on user experience. The main thing to understand is that some products get better with use and cleaning, and others get worse.

Glass Surface

Can be coloured, magnetic but requires very strong magnets, is easy to clean even if someone uses a permanent marker. Easy to write on but needs the highest quality marker pens. Not great for Post it Notes. Won’t dent or scratch. Refer Clarus Go! Mobile glassboards

Ceramic Steel (glass particles bakes on steel sheet)

Available in white, cream and black, highly magnetic easy to clean and easy to write on, able to remove permanent markers and great for Post it Note. Won’t dent or scratch. Refer Y? System work walls

Powder Coated Steel

Available in white, highly magnetic, not so easy to clean if marker left on board for long periods and will ghost (marker residue build up), easy to write and draw, great for Post it Note. Can be scratched and could dent.

Laminate Steel (polymer layer applied to steel sheet)

Available in white, becomes difficult to clean over time and ghost, easy to write, magnetic and good for Post it Note. Can be scratched and dented. Refer Vista whiteboard

Laminate (polymer layer applied to a non-metal surface)

Available in white, becomes difficult to clean over time and ghost, easy to write and good for Post it Note. Can be scratched and dented.

Whiteboard Paint

whiteboard surface

Available in white, becomes difficult to clean over time and ghost,  writing is more onerous, and not good for Post it Note. Can be scratched and dented.

For further discussion or queries about our whiteboard and work wall range please contact Vince Asdagi on 0414 831 894.