Last year, we saw the rise of a startup company that began with the simple idea that everyone needs a way to remember, organize, and prioritize what they want to get done. They took that idea, and built an app called Wunderlist that was both beautiful and functional. However, the company, 6Wunderkinder, knew that they could take that idea a step further, and began to work on a bigger product: Wunderkit.
Wunderkit has been carefully designed by the team at 6Wunderkinder, and over the past year as they’ve released updates to Wunderlist, they’ve also been working away at designing Wunderkit. It’s finally in private beta, and we’ve been able to get in and try out out. Keep reading to see our first impressions of Wunderkit.
Wunderkit is a task management system that helps you have control over all of your projects. From start to finish, you’ll be able to direct every aspect of whatever you happen to be working on. Wunderkit is able to work in a variety of situations, but it is by design meant to be used by groups of people – this is where it truly excels. The social aspects of Wunderkit, which we’ll discuss later, are fantastic, and a fundamental part of the whole system.
Right off the bat, you can see the amazing level of detail 6Wunderkinder put into Wunderkit. This is not just a functional web app, but a beautiful one as well. The home screen of Wunderkit provides a general view of your most recent actions, events, and your most urgent tasks. On the left side of the screen is a sidebar which gives you access to workspaces, which is where you’ll be spending most of your time.
The workspace forms the core of Wunderkit. Every workspace you create is meant to represent a different aspect or category: for example, you could have a workspace for chores that need to be done around the house, a separate one for the vacation you’ve been planning, and another for your fitness goals.
Each workspace is divided into three categories: the dashboard, tasks, and notes. The dashboard is very similar to the home screen in that it shows a overview of everything that’s happening within that workspace.
The tasks section draws on many elements of Wunderlist, and is filled with ways to organize each task. For example, you can group together similar tasks by creating a list, or folder, and adding tasks to that particular list. You can tag each individual task with whatever keywords you choose, so that whenever you search for a certain item all the tasks related to that item will come up.
There are several ways to assign a due date to a task: Wunderkit recognizes dates written within the task itself. For example, if I write “Mow the lawn by next week” in the task entry box, it’ll detect that the due date is a week from today. If you’d rather not type the due date, however, you can easily select the date from the calendar.
Assigning tasks to people is just as easy as setting due dates. If you click the on the small person icon to the right of the entry box, a small popup appears that lets you search for any users and assign the task to them.
Once you’ve assigned a task to someone (or been assigned a task yourself), you can comment on the task, which is great for asking questions or giving additional information.
The notes section of each workspace allows you to jot down any of your plans or thoughts for your project. Just like tasks, you can comment and tag each note. Deleting a note is as simple as hitting the recycle bin in the bottom right and confirming.
Social Task Management
6Wunderkinder decided to try something rather new when they created Wunderkit. When you create a workspace, you have the option to make it public. If you do, then whatever you put on your profile is visible for all users. Imagine how cool this could be; you could see the steps your favorite band is making to make their new album!
The main problem with this is that it’s not entirely clear how widely Wunderkit will be adopted to use. However, adding a social aspect to Wunderkit allows it to have much greater potential, and seeing how popular Wunderlist is, I don’t doubt that Wunderkit will also become widely known and used.
Wunderkit isn’t perfect, and it won’t work for everyone. There isn’t any kind of chat system for instant and fast communication, there isn’t a consolidated calendar or list so you can see everyone’s tasks in one place, and there is no mobile support. Nonetheless, it’s very polished and well designed, and 6Wunderkinder is known for releasing consistent and substantial updates to their products to keep them fresh and on top of the game. Scheduled to be released to the public within the next few weeks, Wunderkit is a tool that you should definitely check out.
A wonderfully designed social task management system.9