Category Archives: Features

Intoducing Keywords!

We’re constantly working on streamlining and drilling into mat data to make finding the things you’re looking for faster and more accurate. That’s why we’ve introduced keywords.

mat keywords

Up until now, we’ve only been able to perform searches based on the description of the mat and the collection that it falls into. With keywords, we’ll have the ability to get even more specific and match similar things giving you the chance to find what you’re looking for with even greater accuracy.

Adding keywords to your mats couldn’t be simpler. There’s a new box on the new mat, re-mat, and edit mat screen that allows you to add up to 10 keywords specific to that particular mat. It’s as simple as typing in a keyword and pressing enter!

edit mat screen

To add keywords to existing mats, you’ll need to go to the edit mat screen for your mats. To do this, simply go to one of your boards and click the “edit” link at the bottom of the mat you wish to edit.

edit mat link

That’s it! Keywords will now so up on all mats that you have added them to. If you see some keywords on a mat, click on them and see what turns up!

As always, let us know if you have any questions or comments (or stumble across a pesky little bug) by emailing

Simple Direct Messages

Today we rolled out a small new feature. It’s a very simple (keywords “very” and “simple”) direct messaging system allowing you to further connect with other creatives. Want to tell someone you like their work? Message ‘em! Want to reach out to someone to fill in some project gaps? Message ‘em! Want to discuss how orange really is the new black? You get the idea.

Here’s how it works:


Go to the profile of the person you wish to send a message to and click the “message” button under their profile photo. A new message dialog will pop up. Type your message, click “send!”, and you’re all set.


When someone sends you a message, you’ll receive a notification with a link to your messages page. You can also get to your messages by clicking on the “me” drop-down and then clicking “my messages”.


On the messages page, you can see all your incoming and outgoing messages with a simple reply box underneath each conversation. You can also remove old conversations by clicking the ‘X’ next to the user’s name.

We hope this simple messaging system adds value and helps facilitate connecting with other creatives. As with any new feature, there is the potential for some hiccups. If you experience any, let us know at

New Features, Streamlined Navigation, Simple Notifications

Over the past few weeks we’ve been getting a lot of great feedback. We’re excited seeing all the great content you’ve been posting and love hearing your thoughts on how the site can improve. Based on your feedback, we’ve just rolled out some brand new features and updates that we think will make the site more user friendly and easier to find the creative things you’re looking for.

the matboard

If you haven’t noticed already, the entire menu system has been redesigned and rebuilt. This new menu allows more content on the screen at once, giving you the ability to see more of the things you’re looking for with less scrolling. We’ve also made it easier to share The Matboard with friends using the “social” and “share” buttons.

We’ve also streamlined and added collections for even more content options.

the matboard collections

The layout makes it easier to find the collections you’re looking for. Or, you can also click on a collection heading and see everything in that particular category.

Finally, we’ve added an extremely useful notification system.

the matboard notifications


You are now alerted via notification when someone likes, comments, re-mats, or follows you. If you click “See All” you’re taken to a full list of all your notifications for the past seven days. This makes it much easier to connect with other creatives and see which of your mats are getting attention! You also have the ability to customize your notifications by going to “notification settings” in the “me” menu. This includes the ability to select a once a day or weekly notification email.

We hope you find that these new features make it easier to explore, share, and inspire. As always, give us your feedback and keep letting us know how we can improve. More features are on the way!