CardNets are templates that are designed to facilitate a more free-form or non-sequential style of linking ideas and activities. CardNets use little navigational icons to establish relationships among different cards. This approach can be useful when you're performing complex tasks with many individual sub-tasks that require different styles of note taking yet are related to one other.

Right now, the Core Set is available (adapting the most used templates from my hPDA templates). The next sets will cover project/process planning and novel plotting. Please suggest ideas for other complex processes that you'd like to see rendered using the CardNet approach.

Instructions on how to use CardNets are available on my website.

Usage advice: 

Click on ".pdf" and ".png" links to download templates from the web page. Can also be inserted into Word documents, etc.

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Any graphics package that can open .pdf and .png files
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Very Nice !!

elegantly minimalist.
I like it.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)


I already have many ideas on how to incorporate these into my workflow, and despite adding yet another element to the mix, it's going to simplify things. Thanks!


Thank you both! If you have any suggestions for improvements or for additional designs, let me know and I'll get right on it.

Also, feel free to leave a comment here or on my blog about how you use them in your day to day activities. I'm always fascinated to learn how people use the templates. For example, apparently a bunch of people are using CardNets as aids in role-playing games! Very cool.




I'm feeling very stupid

but I don't get what you use the triangles on the top and bottom and sides for?


First of all, don't worry, you're not stupid! :-D

Basically, it's a way to indicate the card's place in a sequence or its relationships to other cards. you fill in triangles to indicate "previous" or "before" cards (triangles that point out, away from the card) and "next" or "after" cards (triangles that point in, toward the card) and you write the name or other ID of that connected card on the line between the triangles.

For a better explanation, with a helpful illustration, follow this link and click on "Find Out More" --> "How Do I Use CardNets?"

Sorry it took so long to respond to your question. It's been a very busy couple of weeks. Let me know if you have more questions about how to use them.