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Save time and design faster with these 7 ways to make your collaborative workflow quicker

Save time and design faster with these 7 ways to make your collaborative workflow quicker

Sometimes it’s like hitting a brick wall. Other times it’s as though you’re speaking different languages. But most of the time it’s like a never-ending game of tennis with no clear winner. Achieving great flow between designers and developers is no simple task. Until now.

With Justinmind, design development collaboration takes center stage. Our new features are built to ensure slick design development collaboration and quick hand-offs. Let’s look at how to speed up design hand-off and make your life easier.

Design hand-off: sooner rather than later

There’s nothing as time consuming as the eternal back and forth. Many a project has faltered because a small change here can often result in a big change there. And, really, who wants to spend their precious time emailing hex codes or measurements? Not us.

Designers and developers need a way to stop this madness. With the read-only interface in Justinmind, developers can inspect the UI elements they need without the risk of changing anything important in the process. Now there’s no need to send updated versions or lengthy PDFs. Everything is in one place for optimal design development workflow.

It’s free to add developers to your Justinmind projects so go ahead and add as many as you would like. You can import all your favorite developers from a CSV to make the process even faster and make collaboration natural as possible.

With the developer-friendly interface, developers can easily copy CSS styles and see the exact measurements right before their eyes. In the CSS view, you can quickly see the font size in pixels, export graphical assets up to twice the size without losing image quality (without the default image viewer opening, too) and view screens in tree mode by default, instead of screenshots.

How’s that for saving time?

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Design-development communication without the mishaps

You speak design, they speak code. Both of you want to throw your computer out of the window. We get it – communication between designers and developers doesn’t always come naturally.

Organizational boundaries are road blocks and since home office and mobile working have taken off, we might not even be sitting next to each other in the office, let alone in the same country. But let’s put an end to the headaches once and for all.

Thanks to painful experience, we knew that maintaining opening channels of communication was imperative to prevent any mishaps in communications. Smooth communication always translates into smooth hand-off.

That’s why in Justinmind, designers can now read notes, comments, and observations left by developers directly in the prototype simulation.


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Keep developers in the know about design changes

No longer do you need to write tedious emails that create an endless chain of re:’s stuffing up your inbox. Emails, while necessary, are boring and we’ve yet to find anyone who gets excited by sifting through their unreads.

Thanks to Justinmind Teamwork, designers and developers are on the same page throughout the prototyping process.

Adding a developer to Teamwork means they are in sync throughout your design flow. Every time you make a change, developers can quickly grab the latest version in an instant, no matter where the devs are. Simply clicking Update will display the latest version ready for speedy download.

Reduce revisions in your workflow

There’s nothing that induces a loud sigh more than sending a design to devs only to receive something back which you don’t recognize. And then begin the reworks.

Reworks cost precious time and money. In fact, software specialists spend 40 to 50 percent of their time doing avoidable reworks.

Avoiding constant changes is something every designer strives for. Our new features mean developers have the chance to build right the first-time round. With access to functionality and specs, they’ll get the design almost pixel-perfect from the get-go. On top of that, vertical lines of only 1 pixel width are easier to select in the canvas. Nightmare avoided.

Developers can access what they need, when they need it

Think for a minute that you’re designing a responsive website. You’re going to need a set of images of different sizes and dimensions.

The hassle of sending images and praying that they end up where they need to be while still being fully functional is a mini-stress that many of us experience in the world of design. Mix that with multiple image formats and before long, the workflow has become chaotic and you’re on the verge of pulling your hair out.

Since that’s no fun for anybody, dev teams can now export the assets they need in PNG and SVG, along with important hex color codes and precise measurements making design hand-off one less thing to worry over. And published prototype versions show the date of the latest changes made so you won’t spend any of your time confused.

 

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Design documentation ready in a flash

It can be a real killjoy to sit down and write laborious specification documents, especially as a visual thinker. Outlining components, dependencies, interfaces, dynamic behavior isn’t the most intuitive way of working for a lot of us.

Most of us want to crack on and get designing, that thing that we do best.

Ensuring that you have everything written down properly to communicate effectively to developers takes up precious design time. Reading specs is just as time consuming and uninteresting.

With Justinmind, the prototype functions as visual documentation so you can cut out the fat from your design workflow and streamline your process.

Developers can even export the design as HTML, making their life easier too.

Design and development collaboration with added empathy

It can be easy to take your dev teams for granted. With so much of their work done behind the scenes, they can be sidelined or badly treated. Empathy is at the heart of design and it should be at the heart of your workflow. Show your developer a little empathy with Justinmind.

Once you’ve got the fully prototyped design in hand, you can either send devs a .vp file or add them as members of Justinmind’s Teamwork. Hand-off completed! No, really. They now have access to all the necessary elements to start coding!

Find out more about Justinmind’s new features!

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Steven is the web editor at Justinmind

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