Working with people can be hard. But get it right, and you’ll be able to produce stunning work more smartly and quickly than ever before. With methodologies such as agile and lean influencing how design teams work, some interesting challenges lie ahead. Iterative and collaborative practices vary greatly across work environments and even projects, and they can, and most likely will, bring your time-honed workflow to its knees.
A shared understanding of the tools (and the way you use them)
is crucial, then. By sharing assets, constructing files systematically
and generating objects using core techniques, the team is freed to focus
on crafting concepts and solving problems, rather than fighting
unwieldy file structures and obtuse working practices. This shared
understanding should underpin everything the team works on, becoming
part of an ever-evolving process of refinement and learning.
In this article, we’ll see how to start that journey by creating a stronger foundation for collaboration, even before the design process begins. Dan Nisbet will also explore some techniques that are unique to Adobe Fireworks and that have the potential to transform your collaboration. (While these techniques involve Fireworks — his team’s tool of choice — you could apply them to your own workflow, even if you use another UI design tool.)