[planning] Card Grouping

Based on previous threads/requests I did some planning around grouping cards. This open space includes references, use-cases, goals, and two proposed designs.

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I probably won’t be able to build this for quite some time, but the earlier the feedback the better the end-product will be


I added a design idea with a lil video mockup.

I think that it’d work well for cards to be able to stack and be moved as groups.
Moving the top card would move the whole stack. Cards could be dropped in anywhere and be pulled out, but I don’t have the time to make a mockup for that. :stuck_out_tongue:
What do you think?

A very neat idea and a very cool video!

I wonder if groups mean stacks tho? The downside of this approach is that to gain the benefit of moving things together as a group you’d have to have them all be stacked together (so you’d lose spatial relationships and maybe connections)

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Hmm, isn’t that what tags are for then? Maybe add a select all cards with tag button for easy moving.

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If most of the use cases for grouping are met with sticking things together than in def in favor of building on this approach. How do you foresee ungrouping things working?

One of the changes I’m making on mobile later is that you have to drag and hold before you can drag cards. So hold and drag away might not work for ungrouping?

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Either just dragging cards out or having a button that just turns the stack of cards into
this kind of thing. (Cards aligned vertically with space in between.)


Makes sense. Super promising :slight_smile:

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this is a cute and awesome mockup – how did you produce it? :slight_smile:

OMG that mockup video is so great, I am watching it on loop.

to me, stacks are a specific type of group because it the cards are strictly serial. but it feels like this covers a lot of use cases for groups. you do lose spatial relationships, but that might be a more rare use case. I don’t see why you would need to lose connections.

I love this concept. it accomplishes a lot: it lets you tightly organize cards, prevents them from overlapping, makes it easy to manipulate the group. you could style the upmost card in some conventional way to communicate a group title.

really dope @easrng!

2021-04-19 update

I’m going back and forth on this. I observed how I was creating small groups of cards in my various spaces. I now think this is quite common (taking back what I said about “more rare use case”), and I wouldn’t want to use this stack grouping for those uses.

I still think the concept is super dope and I would probably grow into finding ways to use it, but the beauty of Kinopio is how easy it is to rearrange cards. I often will make a list, but then soon thereafter pull one of those items somewhere else or move it to be next to another card, etc. in these cases, I would find a fairly “tight” stack limiting and tend not to use it.

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I wrote a bookmarklet for this :slight_smile:

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capturing this here as a reference:

I created a fake informal stacked card group, my use case here was to supplement a picture with additional information

Screen Shot 2021-05-26 at 12.14.36 PM


Nested cards (one parent with multiple children) is a must. Having connector points for each (parent and children) will be cool too. @pirijan, your mock-up above is good enough. Any clues as to when this can be released?


hey nick,

I’ll be starting work on this will probably about two months from now at the earliest, there’s a couple other things on the roadmap that I need to do first :slight_smile: