How Japanese startup, Flutterscape, used Creately to integrate with partners faster

FlutterScape is a Japanese Social Marketplace which brings together sellers and buyers together in a casual and collaborative way. FlutterScape has a wide collection of Japanese items “fluttered” directly from all around Japan by english-proficient sellers that are passionate about Japan. You can basically browse a wide variety of items that include manga to bento boxes, cute iPhone cases, geisha dolls, and so much more. FlutterScape is a small team with 3 internet enthusiasts who are passionate about improving the customer experience of both sellers and buyers.

It is a known fact that visual communication is one of the best ways of conveying abstract ideas across to the team. Takehiro Kakiyama, Co-founder and CEO of FlutterScape, had to visualize the business model, website eco-system and other logic to his team and clients. Having used PowerPoint initially, he wasn’t too happy – “It was really difficult for me to come up with a nice looking chart and flow diagram; it was time consuming and unfriendly in terms of sharing and collaboration. So (I) google(d) some keywords and learned about Creately“.

With Creately’s online collaboration capability inviting team members and clients to collaborate on diagrams to review, comment and update diagrams is so easy. When the FlutterScape team considered outsourcing their logistic layer, they negotiated the international shipping fee with possible logistic partners. The rate depended on the amount of operation they had to do for shipping packages.

Shipment required many use cases, so they used Creately to map out a shipment process flowchart based on the business model. They shared this flowchart model with the manager of the logistic company; on which he added/removed/suggested use cases based on their capability and experience. Then the FlutterScape team validated all the use cases – in case they failed to dispatch the package ‘cos its over-sized; or in case they shipped out the wrong article and the customer returns it to the logistic partner. In order to determine a smooth and effective process flow between FlutterScape and their logistic partner, they had to draw a shipment process flow beforehand.

Creately’s online diagramming platform helped the team collaborate back and forth online and determine the international shipping rate based on the process flow.

Below is a simplified version of the Shipment Process Flow.

“Creately has contributed to my efficiency whereby I saved a lot of time, leaving time to work on something else while Ari, my co-founder, and I were super hectic taking care of multiple tasks at the pre-launch stage. Thank you, Creately team!” concluded Takehiro Kakiyama. “Creately is a very user-friendly and smart service that really hits the spot. Creately is like “love”, so deep that the more you dig in, the more you can find out! “

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Season’s Greetings from Creately

It’s pretty awful how the airports seem to be snowed under these days. Lines upon lines of weary travellers waiting days to get back to their mum and dad, son and daughter or grandchildren is a sad sight. So if you’re missing family or your family is missing you, say so with an editable Creately’s “Season’s Greetings” e-card.

After all, there really is nothing like family.

Now, simply click on any of the cards below to customize your editable Season’s Greetings e-card, and then 1-click email or publish them via Twitter or Facebook.

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3 reasons why you should quit writing (well, sort of)

Whatever opinion you may have of Napoleon Bonaparte, the emperor did once say “Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu’un long discours,” or “A good sketch is better than a long speech”. We’re inclined to agree. I mean what do you prefer “reading”, this or this?

To drive this point home a bit further, we’ve pinpointed 3 reasons why you would do better by drawing the curtain (or turning the page) on writing for good. 1. Get lost with diagrams? Never!

Ask yourself – “Do I really have the time of day to understand yards of data or would I prefer a simple flowchart diagram instead?”

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2. Diagramming is faster

How confusing is this? It makes better sense to make an organizational chart within minutes.

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3. Clarity means diagamming

We’ve all done brainstorming on pages and pages of docs and emails. Confusion reigns in those instances. This is precisely why intelligent people brainstorm using mindmaps because information is far easier to assimilate.

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So there’s our case for diagramming. In an era when people have less patience, less time and a love for clarity, diagramming does supersede writing in every way. If you feel we’ve given you a strong urge to doodle, then you can do so with us.

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A (diagramming) take on WikiLeaks

What a rollercoaster ride it must be for Julian Assange, eh? Half the world loves him, the other half hates him. His mum thinks he is “fighting baddies”, so we could very well have a modern day Robin Hood on our hands. With too much info floating around about what happened when, we put it all down on a neat little infographic, just to make it a tad bit clearer. Go take a peek, if you like it, share it.

 

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Creately Blog - Over 5,000 people die from AIDS daily & you’re responsible

Wake up and smell the caffeine!

More importantly, it’s time to wake up and read this article. Why? Because while 7,400 people get infected by HIV daily, there are 5,500 people who die from AIDS everyday. And the worst part? Every single one of us is responsible.

For decades now, the best minds the world could ever produce have been working towards a cure for AIDS, but while progress has been made, a life-giving cure is far from being discovered. While science and technology are hard at work doing their part to eradicate this dreaded disease, you and I are in dire need of a cure, too.

You see, we’re all afflicted by prejudice, fear and bigotry. Most of us revel in it, some of us spread it. What this means is that we deny 33 million people with a reason to live and to die with dignity.

The 1st of December is World AIDS Day. We firmly believe that awareness is the cure.

Think about it.

Refer the flowchart below to make a change for the better…

…it’s only a simple change in attitude. (Trust us, it won’t cost you a dime).

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We’ve also included a diagram of the different AIDS Awareness Days across the world.

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Harry Potter’s (flowchart) options. Joining Glee is one of them

Harry Potter said it best in his latest movie – Oi! There’s a war going on here! – and, that pretty much summed up the entire film.

While we sat en masse in theatres, enthralled by the CGI and MSG (umm, Pringles) overload Deathly Hallows achieved the third best opening worldwide (in the franchise). One wonders whether Part Two will whet our appetites to wave a hollywood wand and wish a faster recovery for the world’s economy.

So while Harry takes a well deserved break and enjoys the millions earned, largely thanks to you going and watching his film, we’re contemplating his options for the next film. We thought we’d put a cynical twist in the form of a flowchart to see what his options are. Trust us, it’s sure to make a Death Eater grin.image

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The Power of Venn Diagrams

Ever thought of organizing complex relationships visually? One of our previous posts talked about Mind Maps for Effective Business Thinking. It discussed how helpful Mind Maps are for visual arrangement of ideas. If you haven’t read it yet, just read now.

This time, we thought we’d discuss something similar using the concept of Venn diagrams. With the help of Venn Diagrams you can arrange all your abstract ideas easily. They’re useful to make comparisons between groups of things. Venn diagrams are commonly used for solving Math problems which demand logical thinking and deductive reasoning, thus Venn acts as an important tool in K-12 Education. Venn doesn’t just restrict its use to classroom learning, but also used extensively in other disciplines. Its a great tool for organizing, evaluating and representing complex relationships visually; and an accepted practice too.

Venn is a type of graphic organizer which consists of overlapping circles. Some even refer to it as the Overlapping Circles Chart. Now, how easy is it to draw circles? Drawing circles is not real easy, it gets even harder when you have to keep re-drawing them large enough to accommodate text that fill in the circles and intersecting areas. But, we’ve got an amazing solution – an online Venn Diagram Maker.

Creately is a great tool for creating illustrative Venn diagrams in minutes. Creately is preloaded with ready to use Venn Diagram Templates, you can now simply pick your favourite template and start filling in the text to demonstrate logical relationships visually. Now, wait a minute… Are you not happy with the available ready-made templates? No problem, just make your overlapping circles chart in minutes by using the basic shapes from the Creately’s library. Don’t miss out Creately’s 1-click preset professional colour themes to give your Venn diagrams beautiful and presentable colours! We’ve compiled a collection of quick and simple Venn diagrams to illustrate logical relationships from various disciplines. Take a spin and let us know if this was useful!

1) Perspectives of a Project Failure

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2) Understanding Slavery

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3) Choosing a Blogging Platform

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4) My School Life

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5) Watch your Health

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6) Tools for Diagramming

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7) Math Euler Diagram

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8 ) Student Interaction

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9) Twitter Tools

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10) Observing Student Behaviour

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The Power of Venn Diagrams

Ever thought of organizing complex relationships visually? One of our previous posts talked about Mind Maps for Effective Business Thinking. It discussed how helpful Mind Maps are for visual arrangement of ideas. If you haven’t read it yet, just read now.

This time, we thought we’d discuss something similar using the concept of Venn diagrams. With the help of Venn Diagrams you can arrange all your abstract ideas easily. They’re useful to make comparisons between groups of things. Venn diagrams are commonly used for solving Math problems which demand logical thinking and deductive reasoning, thus Venn acts as an important tool in K-12 Education. Venn doesn’t just restrict its use to classroom learning, but also used extensively in other disciplines. Its a great tool for organizing, evaluating and representing complex relationships visually; and an accepted practice too.

Venn is a type of graphic organizer which consists of overlapping circles. Some even refer to it as the Overlapping Circles Chart. Now, how easy is it to draw circles? Drawing circles is not real easy, it gets even harder when you have to keep re-drawing them large enough to accommodate text that fill in the circles and intersecting areas. But, we’ve got an amazing solution – an online Venn Diagram Maker.

Creately is a great tool for creating illustrative Venn diagrams in minutes. Creately is preloaded with ready to use Venn Diagram Templates, you can now simply pick your favourite template and start filling in the text to demonstrate logical relationships visually. Now, wait a minute… Are you not happy with the available ready-made templates? No problem, just make your overlapping circles chart in minutes by using the basic shapes from the Creately’s library. Don’t miss out Creately’s 1-click preset professional colour themes to give your Venn diagrams beautiful and presentable colours! We’ve compiled a collection of quick and simple Venn diagrams to illustrate logical relationships from various disciplines. Take a spin and let us know if this was useful!

1) Perspectives of a Project Failure

2) Understanding Slavery

3) Choosing a Blogging Platform

4) My School Life

5) Watch your Health

6) Tools for Diagramming

7) Math Euler Diagram

8 ) Student Interaction

9) Twitter Tools

10) Observing Student Behaviour

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75 New Templates for Mindmaps, Flowcharts, UML diagrams and more

While the Dev team’s been busy on the next major release in a week’s time (which will include brand new collaboration features), I’ve compiled a massive set of easy-start templates that you can dig into right now.

We know you love Creately’s easy-start templates, so the whole team got together a fortnight ago for Creately Diagram Day and came up with tons of new diagrams. Everyone worked all day to create great looking and useful templates especially for the new UI Mockup, UML and Database design shapes we recently launched.

These new templates are now available right within Creately’s Create New Diagram dialog window and will help you get going with your diagrams faster. Who’re we kidding, its just so much easier to not have to start from a blank canvas.

Here’s a small sample of some of the new Mindmaps, Flowcharts, UML, UI Mockups and Database design templates we’ve added – of course embedded here with the Creately Diagram Viewer. Let us know if you find these useful and want more templates to use in Creately.

Mindmap of a Promotional Marketing Campaign

Mockup of the Creately Blog

Flowchart with Swimlanes

UML Class Diagram

DVD library Database Model

Come on, give it a go.
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Mind Maps for Effective Business Thinking

Every project kicks off with a basic idea; and ideas evolve into viable projects only after intense brainstorming. There’s a gap between the initial idea and project execution, and this gap is filled typically by brainstorming. Brainstorming can take various forms, some of you might have the practice of writing down ideas; while others might use Mind Mapsto visually arrange their ideas.

Mind mapping is a fun exercise which helps you capture and visualize ideas to gain insights of the business project. Mind Maps are proven to be the most effective productivity tool used widely today, and this has a significant impact on the performance of businesses! Mind Mapping is quite an easy task, some people choose to just draw them by hand on paper, while some people prefer to use whiteboards! But, ever wondered about the risks of losing the scrap of paper or erasing the whiteboard accidentally? Hours of hard work and ideas being lost? This is why its best to use a Mind Mapping software to get the job done!

Creately is a great app for Mind Mapping. We have two smart KObject shapes for Mind Maps – Topic and Idea. Mind Maps start with an idea in mind, and from this central idea many related topics branch out creating interconnections. Here are a collection of five best Mind Maps! With Creately’s 1-Click connectors we’ve created all of them effortlessly.

1) Performance of Projects

imageA quick mind map to illustrate the various reasons affecting the successful completion of projects.

2) Promotional Campaign

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When planning a promotional campaign a number of stages will be followed. This Mind Map presents six stages which will get your campaign off to the right start.

3) Website Design

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Mind Maps are of great visual aids to help web devleopers and designers to brainstorm on website layout. This is a simple Mind Map with the layout for a Software Consultancy company.

4) Pricing Model

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Pricing is an important strategic issue because it is related to product positioning. Thus, it’s essential to have the right pricing model for your business! This is an excellent Mind Map example depicting the various aspects of a Pricing Model.

5) Risk Management

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The goal of project risk management can be viewed as minimizing potential risks while maximizing potential opportunities. This is a Mind Map with the different processes involved in Risk Management, and the various techniques adopted for minimizing risks.

Can brainstorming and business thinking get any easier? Watch this space for Venn Diagrams next week, and if you missed on the Ten Best Flowchart Ideas last week,  go check them out now!

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