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Intrateam Design Communication

over 7 years ago from , Design System Lead at YouCaring

I took the Product Design Survey yesterday and it got me thinking about our own teams communication and method of doing design reviews. I've worked on teams that post everything to Basecamp and keep all conversations on there. I just looked into Wake and Relay which seem interesting for teams already using Slack. I'm sure there're a lot more.

Right now we IM particular people on the fly to get feedback. I'm feeling like there might be a better, more inclusive way to do this for a distributed team. Also, the promo video on Wake got me thinking about the on-boarding process. Having some sort of centralized hub of design artifacts would greatly improve a new hires understanding of the design goals of the team.

What do you all use to keep everybody on the same page?

10 comments

  • Pasquale D'SilvaPasquale D'Silva, over 7 years ago

    I've been using Wake from the beginning. I love it.

    I work in an absurd number of contexts (interface work, animation, 3d, music, compositing, etc). To have to open up any of those project files to glance at them is a huge waste of time. It's pretty dope being able to just glance at screenshots in a big ol' wall.

    Wake plugging into slack is awesome. Our engineers can see what's going on, without having to even log onto wake.

    Sidebar: Hmm. Relay seems VERY inspired by Wake...

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    • Matt Felten, over 7 years ago

      Do you actually use it for communicating with the rest of the team and giving/receiving feedback or more as a shared mood board?

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  • Tim Belonax, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    We started using Wake a few months ago at Airbnb in the Art Department. It's used primarily to see in progress work. We set up a large projector and a computer to display our Wake publicly on a wall (maybe 5' x 4'). It opens up the conversation to anyone that passes through the office (note—we don't post sensitive material). It's become a nice dynamic component of our space. We also have a lot of 4' x 8' foamcore boards with work pinned up. Perhaps if we hooked it up with a Kinect we could scroll via gesture :)

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    • Matt Felten, over 7 years ago

      That's an interesting way of keeping everyone in the company connected. How's that working out for you?

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      • Tim Belonax, over 7 years ago

        Seems to be working well so far. At its best, it starts up new conversations and connections. At its worst, it's wall decoration.

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    • Bryn JacksonBryn Jackson, over 7 years ago

      We do something similar, but our team isn't all in the same place. So, I upload everything to Wake and it posts to a special Slack channel dedicated to design feedback.

      Wake has been really awesome for us. It's like everything dribbble was supposed to be (show and tell, meaningful constructive criticism) but internally. On a team w/ only one designer, it also helps keep the critique focused - even with people who don't have any experience with design critiques.

      I guess you could say I'm a big fan.

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  • Kevin SuttleKevin Suttle, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    How about https://www.workingon.co/ ?

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    • Matt Felten, over 7 years ago

      Ah interesting. I don't think I've seen this one. Have you used it?

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      • Kevin SuttleKevin Suttle, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

        Not in a team, unfortunately. Hard to get a bunch of people to all try something new within the same 2 week trial (at the time—now 30 days). :/ What attracted me to it though was the fact that it meets all kinds of people where they are, and how they work. It's also not just limited to design material, which is nice.

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