They may actually have a decent product, but their intro video on their site is so cringe-inducing that I can't bare to sign up to test it.
Absolutely horrid. Makes me wonder how long they will last.
Really? I loved it, seems pretty clear they're taking the piss while still delivering the intention of the app. Similar to the manual video (think it's the same guy...) https://youtu.be/1V802IclD-s. Different stokes for different folks I guess.
We faced transparency issue a few years ago. Let me share story how we've implemented transparent, and as a result more controllable, flow for our team.
The typical process was: 1. Designers provide new version of design 2. Team reviews changes (diffs) 3. Team discusses and requests new changes 4. Go to 1.
All these steps are typical for developers and they have great version control tools for that. But, by some reasons, not for designers.
We asked ourself few important questions: • Where is the central repository for all our files • How to deliver right (latest) version of design/mockup • How to collaborate more fast and smart
We ended up with Pics.io, it brought us to a central repository for all files and simple, but powerful version control. It instantly notifies team about repository changes. Designers and developers got a central place to collaborate, proofing process became predictable and repeatable. Managers are happy because of transparently and control.
All tools are great, just choose the right one that fits your workflow.
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Wake seems OK for visual design (and animation), but doesn't address the communication of product functionality, which is arguably more important to the success of a project.
I'd like to see a design tool that makes case documentation/feedback gathering easier. I need to document the bad stuff as well as the pretty stuff – what happens when the user has a bad connection? How do we prevent business rules from entering a race condition? Does this product flow make sense? Do we force the user to do unnecessary work?
So far the best tool I've found for this is Axure. It has easy publishing features, but a freestyle canvas that you can draw flows, functional wireframes/rough prototypes and the ability to place images/links and annotate with notes.
Awesome, looking forward to when someone makes Wake for developers and Wake for accountants. I'm sure they'd love everyone in the org telling them how to do their job.......
Why is it only ever designers who seemingly can't be trusted to do their job alone and everyones opinion no matter how misinformed is somehow deemed valid.
I would say it's because design is far less binary than most other functions within an organization. Arriving at effective solutions requires a great deal of consideration and exploration in order to incorporate all the different goals: user needs/feedback, business objectives, engineering constraints, etc.
There are many people throughout your company who have valuable insight into different areas of the business that you simply do not. Having access to more information helps both you and them do your jobs better.
I have experienced working at companies on both ends of the transparency spectrum and I can assure you that everyone can benefit from this. Design is just a logical place to start as it often times marries internal objectives with the product your users or customers experience externally.
Transparency should be organization-wide, but this makes sense at the Design level because Design lays the foundation for the entire product, and if there is something missing or a wrong assumption is made, it is a larger problem at the foundation level.
I gave this a shot when it launched last year (I think?). It's pretty similar to Dropmark, launching a bit more complete, but Dropmark has upped its game a lot in the last year so we've stayed with it.
They've lasted a year at least, but sometimes seeing a post like this so long after launch is a sign that the initial funding is running low. Or they're just jazzed about the video.
How do you find Dropmark? I'm looking at that and Wake as way to make design process a bit more open and visible internally. Maybe one is the better answer, maybe neither!
Dropmark looks a bit more like a Pinterest/Kippt app, is that right? While Wake seems like just one all-encompassing stream.
I like it. We don't use it extensively, mostly at the start of a project for mood boarding, competitive reviews, sometimes for sharing design work in progress but not much on that last one. Design sharing usually happens in slack or in person. Although Dropmark has comments we've rarely used them, they're a bit cumbersome to access, and I think that holds us back compared with slack.
Where Dropmark wins is ease of adding and stepping through collections, the price is good for us, and it has never been buggy or unavailable. I think we've been using it for 3 years, annual subscription.
When I looked at Wake it didn't give me a feeling of knowing everything that has happened and why, as the smug video claims, it really did look like a stream. That was at launch though, and now there is a smug video, so maybe it's changed.