Why is a Design Collaboration Tool Essential to your Design Flow?

January 7, 2015

Athar Majeed

We understand the need for a design collaboration tool to engage, brainstorm, document decisions, to resolve conflict and to track progress. The user interface of your web or mobile app is the most important element foryou to get your product right. Thus, the need to dispose of design assumptions and ambiguity becomes a forefront agenda. A click-through high-fidelity prototype gets rid of the guesswork and replaces it with a fully functional prototype that you can test ‘how your app will work and feel like’.

Everyone has awesome ideas on what a product should look and feel like but in reality, those ideas/thoughts have turned out to be‘not so good’ when we get hold of them. But all too often we end up spending a lot of money and time before the reality of these issues hit us and by this time, the product will have already been built and then we will have to spend more money and time fixing these issues. However, the big BUT is if we were testing these design ideas on an interactive prototype from day one, we would immediately identify these issues and receive valuable feedback.

How A Design Collaboration Tool is Helpful?

Here we have listed some amazing reasons to convince you to choose a design collaboration tool for your design flow:

Keeping all Design Collaboration on the Design Screen

Too often, design feedback, comments and changes coming from teams and clients from multiple channels tend to puzzle most designers. Designers, clients and users have the ability to create, review and refine their design prototypes in mere minutes. Rather than iterating the product via email, talking on the phone or through face-to-face meetings by creating a prototype on Savah App, users can iterate the design right on the design screen hence saving them much needed time. In this way, clients and the design team are able to visualize and get a sense of how the product would work in real life. This makes it much easier for all parties involved to tweak and refine the design screens.

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Long Emails and Specification Documents?

It is easier to pass on Prototypes to all team members, potential end-users and to the client's stakeholders instead of sending a large specification document that outlines all planned stages. In its place, they can choose to focus and experience user journey at first-hand. In this way, they can make early changes before spending lots of time and money. With Savah you can understand how your user interacts and uses the web or mobile app. This is because, it is much simpler to illustrate to your team the web or mobile app that is interactive and functions like a real app rather than trying to communicate it to them via e-mail, Skype or even over face-to-face meetings.

Easy sharing among developers

A good collaboration tool creates room for easy sharing amongst design developers. The tool beats the design niggle inception creating a developer and a design friendly ecosystem where ideas are understood step by step. The collaboration tool also synchronizes multiple people who are bound to think differently, have different perspectives but are required to always be on the same page during the design flow. 

A Version Control System

You can have a look at this angle; a clique of designers may work on a single idea and hence one document but in real sense, each designer concentrates on individual document copies separately which are merged periodically to compare and oversee changes made on the overall document. A collaboration tool essentially works more like a version control system while differencing, discarding unsolicited changes and merging welcomed revision. Reviewing fine details and individual items accelerates the collaborative process and the consequently the design flow.

Fidelity Check

New ideas can be classified on different levels especially in terms of prototype requirements for example if it would need a simple mockup or a comprehensive and complex layout with detailed elaborations and interactions. Before working on a design flow, a fidelity check on the collaboration tool may prove essential to the process.

Different prototype requirements may be classified as low, medium or high fidelity. Low fidelity would simply illustrate a test idea. A medium fidelity would concentrate on a layout with information and interaction designs. Finally, the high fidelity would delve into important details of the idea separating it into different concepts with animations, visual designs and micro-interactions. Determining the fidelity of an idea would successfully and promptly run a design flow and a collaboration tool would prove essential once again. 

Experience Like a Real App

Experience the user journey from beginning to end rather than basing the user journey on individual design screens. In this way, the functionality of click-through prototyping permits the design team to capture and acquire a better understanding of the end version of the full app right from the beginning without any form of coding. It breathes life into your designs.

A click-through prototype helps designers and teams to link several screens together using hotspots and templates. These areas in screens once interacted with tap or click by forwarding the user to the target screen. Anyone using a screen on the web or mobile app may access multiple hotspots to other screens. Templates undoubtedly assisted teams in speeding up the process of creating hotspots, since immediately after set up they are included automatically and become reusable on some or all other screens depending on the user specification.

Creating hotspots and templates is a breeze. Thus, this allows the team to assemble complex flows easily without having to focus on interactivity. Bringing your web or mobile app to life could not be simpler thanks to the many design collaboration tools already in the market. The design team and client stakeholders can also compare their design screens side-by-side, and in this way, it provides them with a much-detailed view that helps them with ways in which they can validate and finalise the web or mobile app designs much sooner with ease and with a systematichistory design.

SavahApp provides a design collaboration tool for designers to communicate in real-time, keeping everything simple and clutter-free. So go ahead and let your design creativity flourish. Sign up today Free.



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