How collaborative prototyping with Justinmind can help boost your design team’s productivity, avoid misunderstandings and create awesome web and mobile products
Designers have a lot on their plates. Defining information architecture, building prototypes, delivering designs on spec… Wouldn’t it be great if there was a tool that gathered all your designs, prototypes and feedback in one place?
Ahem ahem. Here at Justinmind, we work on giving you exactly that. We believe that a collaborative design process can boost your design team’s productivity, avoid errors and help build better products.
In this post we’ll explore the benefits of collaborative prototyping within an integrated design workflow. Plus, we’ll show you how you can design, prototype and gather feedback all in one design tool, Justinmind.
Why design teams need to work together
When it comes to web and app design, two heads are better than one. In fact, the best products are created when teams come together from the very beginning. Take IBM for example, where design collaboration has helped teams boost productivity, improve quality and accelerate project delivery.
But that’s not all. Collaboration in web and app design can also help you:
- Create shortcuts, reduce rework and automate manual tasks that are time-consuming and resource-heavy (e.g. repetition of previously-built UI assets)
- Reduce project hiccups and backtracking
- Relinquish dead-end ideas sooner through continuous feedback loops
- Maintain design consistency, as well as quality
- Establish lessons learned and reduce the risk of errors further down the line
- Create seamless experiences for the user
Remember, teams that work together learn together.
How collaborative prototyping can improve your workflow
So you get it, design collaboration is important. But how do you go about encouraging collaboration in your design workflow? The key is in the tool you use.
If you’re not already, you should be using a prototyping tool. Apart from the great collaboration benefits, prototypes help you visualize your designs in real-time and are a foolproof way of upping your UX-game.
Now back to those collaboration benefits. Collaborative prototyping is a great way to encourage togetherness in the design process. From definition to delivery, online collaboration tools that support integrated workflows make it easier and faster for designers to stay in sync, gather meaningful feedback and ensure design quality. No wonder prototypes are among the top UX deliverables!
The perfectly integrated workflow with Justinmind
Not all prototyping tools are made equal.
Justinmind is one of the best wireframing and prototyping tools for designers and is integrated with a ton of other design resources – including Sketch, Photoshop and Atlassian JIRA. These integrations not only make it easier for you to collaborate with your colleagues, they also give you the freedom to combine your favorite tools within the same workflow. Let’s take a look at some of these integrations.
Collaborative prototyping with Justinmind’s Sketch integration
Last year Justinmind integrated with Sketch to make your web and mobile design process even more powerful. This integration allows you to export Sketch assets and artboards to Justinmind and create realistic and engaging prototypes, ready for users to try out. Here are some of the awesome features included in the interaction:
- Bring your Sketch artboards to life with Justinmind’s interactive events, effects and mobile gestures
- Manage UI assets centrally across tools and teams. UI elements are built with vectors and atomic design principles, which mean you won’t lost styles no matter the screen resolution
- Maintain brand consistency and avoid repeats or versioning issues
Collaborative prototyping with Adobe Suite
Justinmind’s integration with Adobe Suite lets you work across both Photoshop and Illustrator.
The Adobe Suite is used by designers to build and refine UI assets incorporating them in a prototype or mockup. But sometimes designs need tweaking. Our integration allows designers to go back and forth between Adobe and Justinmind and make sure they’re 100% happy with the visuals before moving forward with the interaction.
Here’s how it works:
- Add any Photoshop or Illustrator image to your Justinmind prototype
- Edit the same image in either Photoshop or Illustrator
- See those updates reflected instantly in Justinmind. You and your team can make changes as and when you need them
This integration will save you and your team time, avoid rework and ensure that your designs remain consistent, no matter what tool you’re working in.
No download needed! Simply download Justinmind and get started! 😉
Collaborative prototyping with Justinmind for JIRA
We think that collaboration should be intuitive and fluid. Justinmind’s integration with Atlassian JIRA is the key to organizing your design process and making sure that everyone is always on the same page.
With this integration, you can manage your team’s workflow, visualize prototype tasks in your project backlog and consolidate requirements across both platforms.
Hunting for design instructions can be a real waste of time. But with Justinmind, you can link your JIRA requirements to UI elements in Justinmind and get to work in no time.
Plus, you can export any changes back to JIRA just as easily and get 360 degree contextual information on your designs directly in your project backlog. Don’t ever get lost in translation again!
Collaborative prototyping with IBM Rational DOORS integration
Justinmind’s integration with IBM Rational DOORS is the ideal solution when working with reviewers. Capture, trace, analyze and manage requirements for the entire web project.
Import IBM requirements into Justinmind and share your prototype with reviewers. They will be able to visualize the requirements directly and leave you feedback with Justinmind’s Comments feature.
This integration enables you to engage your stakeholders continuously and help them understand your vision, every time.
Justinmind’s integration with Microsoft Team Foundation Server
Defining design specifications is so easy with our Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) integration, another great collaborative prototyping feature. Here’s how it works:
- Import work items from Microsoft TFS and work on them directly in Justinmind
- Create scenarios with our drag and drop feature and associate them to the TFS work items
- Then, share your prototype with your team and stakeholders to complete the product definition process. They can even view your updates directly in TFS!
Collaborative prototyping with Justinmind’s usability testing tool integrations
And last but not least, we’d like to tell you about our usability testing tool integrations. Justinmind is integrated with all leading user and usability testing tools. Remember, a good design can only be great when tested to ensure it’s both accessible and enjoyable to use.
With Justinmind’s testing tool integrations, you’re in control. Choose your tool, your users and how you’d like to perform the tests (qualitative or quantative). You’ll have your results returned quickly so you can get to work on implementing that all-important feedback.
Collaborative design is the best way to build awesome products. Justinmind is one of the top collaborative prototyping tools – ideal for an integrated design workflow. Download it now to take advantage of our integrations and make your design process smoother than ever.