As a design and development studio, collaboration is key. Project managers, designers, and developer all work together to complete projects, and without any collaboration these projects would not be finished properly or on time. Here are three of our favorite tools we use to collaborate.
No more email! Slack has rid Verbal+Visual 99% of internal email. Any message or file can be shared via the slack platform, both on desktop and mobile. Any company wide information can be shared on our #general thread, all one-to-one messaging is shared on the platform, and private groups make collaboration and discussion easy for any specific projects or job functions.
InVision allows easy commenting on space specific elements – great for editing everything from copy, button, styling, and layouts. Not only that, it’s a great workflow for Sketch or Photoshop (Yay art boards!) InVision also allows you to make hotspot links to click through a prototype, and it is also provides a great co-designing experience between UX designer, Visual Designer, Front-end and back end developers.
Asana allows users to easily organize tasks and assign those tasks to the proper team member quickly. The commenting feature allows for easy collaboration and conversation specific to each task to ensure that the assignee clearly understands the task at hand. One of the greatest things about Asana is that it is so easy to use. With such a small learning curve, it allows team members to quickly adopt and begin using the platform. It is vital that team members actually use any given project management software, so ensuring the barrier to entry is low is important.
We use plenty of other tools, but these are just three of our favorites that we use every day. What tools do you use?