Here at Zenkit, we’re all about minimal simplicity. Hiding away features till you need them. Smooth lines. Calm colors. Subtle animations. We love to think of your Zenkit workspace as the place you can go to simply focus and get stuff done without distraction.

However, there’s something to be said for a bright pop of color or two. From creating contrast to really bringing your attention to the things that need it, strong colors absolutely have their place in the productivity world. That’s why we’re super stoked to announce the release of the Colored Items add-on for Plus users!

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Make sure you get to your most important tasks first

We get a lot of feedback from our users, and some of my personal favorites come in the form of feature requests. While we can’t always build everything you ask for, when you ask for it, we do collect all of this feedback and take time to figure out what we can feasibly create that will work for as many people as possible.

A lot of people have requested being able to color items. Whether it be through some sort of color picker, an automated process, or matching an uploaded image, we’ve heard it all. In the end, we decided to go with a structure and palette we’ve already got: Labels! There’s no pleasing everyone (we’re not pizza!), but we hope that coloring items according to labels is a compromise that can work for everyone.

How to enable Colored Items

Like all collection-specific add-ons, you can find the Colored Items settings in the ‘Add-ons’ section of your collection settings. To get there, click on the collection name, then on ‘Add-ons’. Click ‘Enable’ under Colored Items, then in the small pop up, choose the label field you want to color the items by. That’s it!

The entire item will be colored by the label it has applied to it. If you have multiple labels, the first label in the list will be the color of the item. If there’s no label applied, the item will remain white or black (depending on your chosen Zenkit theme). It’s also important to note that the color will change if you change the label / move it to a different Kanban list 😉

To change the color of a particular label, you need to go into your label field settings and change the color there. This will also change the color of items labelled with that label.

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Ways to use Colored Items

Colored items are like labels turned up to eleven. When an item is colored, it’s hard to ignore! Just like labels, the best way to use them depends entirely on what you use Zenkit for. Since they make such a big impression, I like to use them when I need something really attention grabbing:

  • Marking bottlenecked tasks red
  • Highlighting high priority customers with green
  • If you view your kanban board by member, you can show progress with different colored cards
  • If multiple teams work on one collection, differentiate the teams with colors
  • Use different colors to highlight task priority
  • Etc, etc, etc…

There are as many ways to use this feature as there are to label, tag, and categorize items.

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Make high priority customers pop with green items

We’ve had lots of fun making our collections pop over the past couple of weeks, so we really hope you enjoy putting colored items to use, too! How will you be using colored items? Let us know in the comments below!


Siobhan and the Zenkit Team

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