20 January 2019   3228   12 min

How to choose the right marker

There’s a wide range of whiteboard and flipchart markers that you can use during a presentation, brainstorming session or workshop. You not only have a choice of different colours, but also a range of tips: fine tip, thick tip or chisel tip. In the following tips & tricks, we help you choose the right marker.

Paper vs. whiteboard

Think about what writing surface you want to write on: paper or a whiteboard? Writing surfaces like a flipchart or brown paper need permanent ink that doesn’t bleed through the paper. For whiteboards, you need wipeable ink. Each Legamaster marker shows which surface it is suitable for.

Thick or thin?

Markers with a thin tip are ideal for finer writing or drawing (for example, schedules or text in or next to a graphic). Make sure that you write the text large enough so that it can be read easily even from further away. Thick-tipped markers deliver more ink and therefore make thicker lines. You use them to write large, easily readable words for presentations and training sessions. Make the letters big enough and leave enough space between the letters so that everyone, even those sitting further away from the whiteboard or flipchart, can read the text clearly.

Combine thick and fine-tipped markers during your meeting or presentation. This helps your audience distinguish between important and less important information. You’ll also create a more attractive presentation overall.

With the right tip, you’re well away

A rounded tip is normally used for writing. Whether it’s a ballpoint pen, a fineliner, a pencil or a felt-tip, most of them have a rounded tip with a wide range of tip thicknesses. A rounded tip also tends to be used for longer texts containing combinations of capitals and lower case letters. The rounded shape of the tip means that you can hold the marker however you like; the line is always even.

If you want to jazz up a presentation a bit, the chisel tip is what you need. The broad tip takes the form of a wedge; with a wider and a much narrower edge. You can draw both thin and thick lines using the chisel-tip marker. So you don’t need to bring a whole collection of markers along to your meeting room.

Mastering the chisel tip

Writing with a chisel tip takes a bit of practice, but there’s a high chance it will become your favourite.  The art is to keep the position of the pen constant. The chisel tip should always be held at an angle of 45° to the baseline, whether you’re drawing vertical or horizontal lines. The videos below will help you master the technique.

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