How Justinmind and Sketch can help boost collaboration when designing web and mobile experiences
When it comes to aligning teams within a project, you need to be working with tools that support collaborative design. Collaborative design boosts productivity, improves shared understanding of the product and helps teams focus on the bigger picture instead of struggling on with the wrong tools.
Sketch is gaining traction as a top collaborative design tool because of its ability to function across teams and disciplines. Here at Justinmind, we’re big Sketch fans! In fact, with our new integration, we’ve harnessed Sketch’s collaboration potential for a more powerful way of designing in teams – take a look at the video below!
Check out these 5 ways you should be aligning your design team and how Sketch and Justinmind can help.
Get everyone involved from the start
Without the contribution of non-creatives – marketers, developers, Business Analysts and stakeholders– in the design process, you’re missing vital information. For instance, a designer might suggest a minor design change that will have a huge impact on the product’s performance.
When you work collaboratively, you leave less room for error, more space to innovate. That’s how great products are born. Sketch and Justinmind are great tools to get everyone on the same page from early on.
Because of its size and design scope, it’s easy for designers and non-creatives alike to find their way around the Sketch UI. And when you need a helping hand, they’ve got some handy video tutorials to help you along with the Sketch tool too.
Similarly, Justinmind’s onboarding method makes it quick and simple to get set up. For first time users, there’s the beginner’s mode which includes a set of tooltips that take you on a guided tour of the tool. Videos and learning materials are also available for additional support.
Generate and manage assets across teams
Don’t you just hate it when different team members are working with outdated assets or styles? Without a centralized assets management strategy, it’s much harder to streamline the design workflow, ensure that your team is on-brand or share creative ideas.
Sketch and Justinmind’s solution for disconnected assets is to build UI elements with Atomic design. Atomic design methodology involves breaking down elements to their smallest pieces, which means that you can adapt them to changing styles, sizes and layouts without much rework. When you can break down and build elements back up in just a few clicks, it’s easier to see what works and what doesn’t.
Additionally, both of the tools’ UI frameworks make centralizing digital assets much easier. Most of Sketch and Justinmind’s UI elements are built using vectors, which means users with different screen densities and sizes can easily view and work on designing elements.
Also, check out Justinmind’s Teamwork features that allow team members to work on the same prototype at the same time.
Maintain brand consistency and avoid repeated work with templates
Shortcuts are designed for a reason – to make your life easier. If teams are always designing from scratch, they run the risk of duplicating effort and rework, creating versioning and quality control issues, and increasing the number of assets that are created but never used.
Reusing content helps us maintain styles across multiple designs and makes them go further. Sketch and Justinmind have some pretty nifty content reuse capabilities.
In the Sketch app, you can create templates and place them directly into a project. Templates allow designers to spread styles across designs, which cuts down on new work and helps ensure brand consistency. Then there are symbols, which allow you to reuse groups of the same elements throughout your designs and/or share them among colleagues.
With Justinmind, you can use templates and masters to spread global changes across screens of the same prototype or across multiple files. Both can be exported so that your entire team can make use of them.
Justinmind’s Sketch integration made collaborative design even better. Instead of recreating UI elements in your prototypes, you can reuse the ones you and your team have created in Sketch. And because the elements that you export over to Justinmind are SVG vectors, you can fine tune them to meet your design vision in no time.
Simulate designs in real-time
Presenting your designs is how you get collaborative feedback from your team. Conceptualizing and framing your great design is almost as important as your great design. Our advice is to aim to design and present your work in the same tool to avoid losing or misplacing information during the content exchange.
There are several ways you can present your designs with Justinmind. You can simulate your web prototypes in your browser – any browser. Alternatively, blow it up on a big screen – scale to shine. And, you can present your mobile app wireframes on the actual mobile or tablet device.
By simulating your design in a way that makes sense for your product, you’ll improve the user experience for your audience and have them focusing on the product and giving you helpful insights.
Work across multiple design tools
Designing in multiple tools can be a nightmare. All those hours wasted cutting, pasting and resizing. Eugh! Not to mention the constant worry that you’re missing something. Chaos. But when design tools facilitate the move on your behalf, things start to make more sense.
Take the Justinmind integration with Sketch, for example. The open-source nature of Sketch makes the transition simple. Just install the plugin and off you go!
With the Sketch plugin for Justinminf, you can choose how you want to transfer assets. You can opt to export your artboards as individual layers, so you can keep working on both the visual appearance as well as the functionality of your design in Justinmind. Or, you can export your artboard as one image. This allows you to maintain styles implemented in Sketch while you work on the artboard’s interaction in Justinmind.
Whichever way you decide to go, aligning your teams in UX design is essential. Make sure everyone’s focused on the product, instead of doing battle with their tools!
Learn more about our Sketch plugin here.