Design for ef­fi­ciency

Lever­age ver­sion con­trol for en­hanced UX pro­duc­tiv­ity

Web Designer - - UX - New rules, top tools -

As UX teams grow, there are smarter ways of man­ag­ing the mul­ti­tude of design as­sets cre­ated by a team. No more nam­ing your work ‘home­page_wire­frame_­fi­nal­fi­nal14.pdf’, or tak­ing it in turns to work on the same doc­u­ment in your team. Thank­fully now there are tools aimed specif­i­cally at design teams to ver­sion con­trol design work. The ma­jor­ity are based on Git, the same tech­nol­ogy used by devel­op­ers to man­age their ap­pli­ca­tion code.

There are so many ad­van­tages to us­ing this sort of soft­ware to man­age your de­signs. Not only can mul­ti­ple de­sign­ers work on the same project at the same time, but you can roll back to a pre­vi­ous ver­sion if needed. Although you will only see the cur­rent ver­sion of a file, a full ver­sion his­tory is kept and re­view­ing the changes made be­tween ver­sions of a file are even pos­si­ble. Th­ese fea­tures of ver­sion con­trol mean prob­lems like los­ing work when a file is ac­ci­den­tally over­writ­ten, or two peo­ple de­cide to make changes to the same thing are now a thing of the past.

Once changes are made, many tools let you com­mu­ni­cate those changes to the team. This is a step for­ward in terms of pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency, en­abling projects to be com­pleted as quickly as pos­si­ble. Lots of the larger web-based design tools like Figma and UXPIN pro­vide this as part of the sub­scrip­tion, but there are stand­alone tools like Kak­tus, Ab­stract and Fo­lio for Mac.

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