TeuxDeux calls itself a “a simple, designy to-do app.” And that’s accurate. It was designed by Brooklyn-based super-inspiring “Swiss designer gone NYC,” Tina Roth Eisenberg. In addition to her design blog and studio, Tina founded and runs Tattly, CreativeMornings, TeuxDeux, and a Brooklyn co-working space. Wow.
I tried the desktop version of TeuxDeux first. After logging in, it opened immediately to a calendar with a list setup for each day. Super easy and intuitive, I just double clicked on the first text in today’s list and typed in ‘ok HK let’s DO this’. The lower part of the page, below the columns for each day, has columns that you can call whatever you want to, by simply double-clicking on to typing in your own section header.
One of the things I like most about it is how you can double click on a task to edit it, click on a task and see it cross out, or simply drag it to another day. Being able to move tasks forward to a certain day without being scheduled into a calendar makes this a fluid and very visual tool.
It also has an easy way to enter recurring tasks: simply type “every day” or “every week” or “every month” at the end of each task and it shows up as often as you’ve indicated you want it to. You can also go into settings and have a daily email of today’s to-dos emailed to yourself. My inner organizational geek gets giddy at things like an automated to do list email and automated recurring tasks. And TeuxDeux offers an option to request a backup of your data and they will email it to you.
When I log in online on my iPhone via Safari, it immediately opens full-screen to my list, with the day of the week at the top. I am writing this on a Monday, so there is a large bold MONDAY at the top, with today’s date in small text below that, and my list. Large red arrows point the direction to click on for yesterday or tomorrow. And below today’s list is the section of the custom lists, also scrollable from list to list by clicking on large right or left arrows.
In this mobile version, all I have to do to cross off a completed item is touch it with my finger. It goes from red text to grey text that has a strikethrough line. Touch it again and it comes back to its original state. The little pencil icon to the right of each line enables you to edit the text on that line. And an X icon appears once a task has been completed, if you want to delete it completely (otherwise it remains visible with the grey text and strikethrough).
The one thing I could not figure out how to do is drag an incomplete task from one day to another in the mobile version. It is very easy to do in the desktop version, so that surprised me.
There is a free trial option and then the subscription fee for TeuxDeux is $3 (USD) per month for the “Skeptic” or $24 per year ($2/month) for a “Believer.”
*Tina Roth Eisenberg is speaking at the DesignThinkers graphic design conference in Toronto, October 24-25, 2019 at Meridian Hall.