Design for efficiency
Leverage version control for enhanced UX productivity
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.