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Permanent Whiteboard Markers

Posted in all posts, design, user testing by coleman yee on January 8, 2011

We were having a brainstorm at a client’s meeting room when when someone made the classic mistake of writing on the whiteboard with a permanent marker.

That wouldn’t have happened if the permanent marker wasn’t put at the whiteboard, together with all the other (non-permanent) whiteboard markers. And that wouldn’t have happened if the permanent marker didn’t look like this:

In case you didn’t notice, the one above is the permanent marker; the one below is the (erasable) whiteboard marker.

Things like this make you wonder – what were they thinking?

(In case you’re wondering what I did to the permanent marker after taking the photo – I put it away outside the meeting room.)

On a related note… another thing that puzzles me, is how when someone writes on a whiteboard and finds that the marker is out of ink, they often just place the marker back where they got it from (and try their luck with another marker).

As for me, I dispose it ASAP.

No one else needs to waste time on that marker ever again.

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  1. Andy Croll said, on September 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    You know if you scribble over the permanent writing with the non-permanent marker the solvents dissolve the permanent ink as well… and you can rub the mistake away.

    Hat tip to Carl “whiteboard saver” Coryell-Martin for that one.

  2. absolutelycheryl said, on June 27, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Whoa! Their designs are so similiar!


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