Projects are the main ‘container’ in Dovetail. They contain a readme, data (like notes, images, videos, and files), and tags, highlights, and insights. There’s no limit on how many projects you can have in Dovetail.
What to use a project for
Depending on the type of data you have and how you work, a single project could represent many things. For example, a project could contain:
Customer interviews – each note is a single interview.
Usability testing sessions – each note is a recording and transcript from a session.
User feedback – each note is a piece of feedback from a user.
Survey responses – each note is an individual response.
Multiple research methods – each group is a method.
Create a new project from Dovetail-made templates to see how we've structured projects for different types of research.
Navigate a project
Projects have seven main sections, all accessible via the sidebar:
Readme – an overview of your project. New visitors land here.
Data – boards with groups of notes containing text, images, audio, video, etc.
Tags – boards with groups of tags.
Highlights – a table showing all highlights with filtering and sorting controls.
Insights – draft and published insights for this project.
Charts – tags or tag groups displayed as a bar chart, pie chart, treemap, or radar chart.
Settings – archive, delete, manage access, export, trash etc.
Group your projects
You can organize your projects into folders and reorder them with drag and drop. This is useful in order to group projects by type of research, product team, or department / role. Here are a few examples of folders you could create for your projects:
By type of research – customer interviews, usability testing, survey responses.
By product team – core product, search and navigation, growth.
By department / role – design, user research, content strategy.