Up until a few days ago, I had not heard of Airtable but thanks to a recent overview at ArtsHacker by Ceci Dadisman, I now know it’s something I want to learn more about.
You can never have too many options when it comes to optimizing your workflow and improving efficiency. According to AirTable, their platform is “part spreadsheet, part database, and entirely flexible.” It does seem to have two increasingly important must-haves I look for in organizational tools:
- Cloud based
- Easily shareable with platform and non-platform users alike
I’m very curious to know if anyone out there is currently using AirTable and if so, what are your observations and feedback.
In the meantime, check out Dadisman’s article to see how she leverages it for arts admin based marketing and devo tasks:
Let’s say you’re managing an advertising campaign and you’ve got your print ad schedule in Airtable with each insertion having its own row. You can create a column where you can upload the final proofs to the exact row that corresponds with the insertion in question. Let’s say you’re using it to manage grants. You’ve got each grant in its own row. You could set a column where you upload all of the application documents and another where you put the final submitted file. See where I’m going with this?