Have you ever been in a design team? Then, you will know just how much hard is it to communicate with each other – it seems as if not everyone is on the same page, plus, it also becomes a headache when you have to keep an eye on what everyone else is doing; if not, then – God forbid – it will become one mess of a center of incoordination.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t solve it – no matter what problem of coordination happens in any design team, they can be traced back to one source, and often, the problem lies in the team members not being able to communicate with each other properly.
If this sounds like this is happening in your design team too, then, stop right here and now – nah, you don’t need to stop your work, rather, you should take the help of tools that can help your design team to prowess further.
Dubbed as the ultimate productivity app, ‘Evernote’ is a tool that can help the design teams to work efficiently.
Known to use a system of notebooks and notes that can empower teams, Evernote helps them to stay on track and keeping an eye on what everyone else is doing. Instead of notebooks and notes, Evernote makes use of virtual folders and files that are stored in the cloud.
One of the most liked features of Evernote is ‘Spaces’ – it makes collaborations in teams seem easy as it easily lets all the teams come together in a central space so that all the team members can easily find what they are looking for plus communication with each other becomes easy.
Created especially for teams, Adobe XD is an UX-design software app that makes it quite easy for the designers and developers to share design iterations with various users when a project is under development – doing so makes it easy to leave feedback on the project and which can makes the final product great, when feedback is taken into consideration.
Often, it is seen that designers find it hard to explain the design properly when it’s being handed over to the developers – they need to attach length PDFs to explain the details, but with Adobe XD, it has become much easier – now the designers can share their details (including guides and specifications) right from the platform of the Adobe XD itself, and the developers too can interact with the designs right from the browser.
Want to know what everyone else on the team is doing at real-time? Then, you should opt for ‘InVision’ – one of the best UX design apps out there in the industry.
With this app, you get a tool that will let the design teams create realistic mock-ups that can mimic an accurate web experience, and add to that an easy and quick prototyping and user testing – and all you can do this from an iPhone itself!
That said, this tool can also let everyone on the design teams to be updated with each other’s work (it is done by sharing of asset libraries across teams) – if any design needs to be updated quickly, it can be done so via the platform so that the clients too can be updated with the project’s prowess in real-time.
If you have a large working team, then ‘Sketch’ is just the ‘one’ for you – essentially a vector graphic editor, Sketch has focused its attention on rich features such as speed and simplicity. If your project involves too much moving around (designers, product managers, developer, etc), then, you are going to need an app that can increase your productivity.
Sketch is the one that you should turn to – it allows the designers to create templates quickly and use them right in the project file by extracting the right elements for the project without affecting the product consistency.
Known to be a web-based app for project management, ‘Trello’s is perfect for design teams who want to get their products completed on time. Boards, cards and lists – Trello uses them and thus, it makes it quite easy for the design teams to access UX when they want to know about comments, ideas, and feedback on the project.
Trello is simple enough to add new team members to boards and cards, plus, it also makes it easy for everyone involved to get to know their roles and what is expected of them.
Available for both desktop and mobile, ‘Slack’ is a collaborative app that allows the design teams to work together and faster, no matter where they are located – it comes in the form of a chat room that allows the team members to organize all the chat channels based on what the needs and goals of the team are.
That said, Slack also let the team members share important files and folders, chat and make phone calls as well as personalize the discussions. No matter how many team members are there, every one can share files, images, and documents and can talk to each other, privately or publicly.
Want to plan and track issues of design project in real-time – opt for the software ‘Atlassian Jira’.
Created especially for design teams, the software ensures that work is done in a cohesive and planner manner, making sure that everyone on the team is on the same page. One of the most liked features of this software is that it lets distribute tasks across all of the teams easily by using a card-based layout and, you will also be able to track the performance of the teams.
In short, you can keep track of everything with Atlassian Jira – also, you should note this software allows integration with various other tools such as Stride, Confluence and Zephyr.
Teamwork and creativity – they are the backbone of any design process, but unfortunately, due to miscommunication, often, the process slows down leading to projects taking much time to finish than usually intended.
This is where design tools can come in handy, and they offer great help for the design teams from any corner of the globe – making sure that designers and client, both wins.