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Whiteboarding is a skill that I’ve neglected over the years. I’ve always preferred to clearly articulate complex problems verbally, with digital documentation, and just plain code. While I’ve neglected it I’ve been able to get through interviews and use a whiteboard to present my ideas and code but not confidently. Clearly I need an update.

I’ve started getting serious about learning how to whiteboard better so my first step is to find my favorite markers. Here’s a list of markers that I’ve incorporated into my practice.

Quartet Dry-Erase Glass Board Markers

The Quartet is a great marker. I like a really smooth writing experience that looks bold and clear. This marker definitely delivers on that. The only downside on my XBoard Magnetic Dry Erase Whiteboard is the residue the dry erase ink leaves behind during clean-up. This is tolerable but not ideal.

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PILOT V Board Master Refillable Dry-Erase Markers

A more environmentally friendly and smooth writing experience that doesn’t leave a residue that requires a lot of clean up. There is some residue but overall it’s more manageable than the others. The key feature of this marker is that it is refillable using the whiteboard marker refills. The refills are still plastic but at least there is less plastic to dispose of in the end.

I initially tried the PILOT V medium chisel tip dry erase whiteboard markers. The first couple of times I used the chisel tip I wasn’t sold.

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I later purchased the PILOT V bullet tip whiteboard markers hoping that I would get a cleaner look. I found that the chisel tip gives me more control so when used correctly it yields a better result.

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I’ll continue using both of these markers and see what use cases I come up with for each. My guess is that if I was into creating art on my whiteboard the differences would become clear.

ARTEZA Dry Erase Markers

The Arteza dry erase whiteboard marker with a chisel tip is a thinner marker that doesn’t quite cut it. I saw a bit of blurring when writing out of the gate. The markers are cheap so if you’re not too worried about a bit of blurring this marker might work out for you.

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I’ve been enjoying the daily whiteboarding practice I’ve started. My self directed lessons of the future will include the following.

  • Learn some basic symbols to more clearly organize and convey my thoughts
  • Improve my speed while maintaining legibility
  • Eventually, start creating whiteboard animation like Robert Reich but more technical and a lot less political
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