The Design Process gets Seamless on the Samepage.
Create a Project Outline
It’s important everyone knows what the project goal is before you jump into designing. Samepage Page is the best place where you can define the problem you’re solving and write down the user and business goals.
The Page is not just a text document. You can include tables, create an image gallery for your mood board, embed youtube videos, upload resource files, and more. It’s an all-in-one tool for your design management.
Document User Needs
Always keep in mind the user. Have your user stories, personas, and other UX design-related documents tightly bound to the project. This way, the whole team is aware of who the user is. It’s not an exclusive knowledge of the design team.
Bringing transparency into your processes helps you advocate the user needs with other departments in your company. Samepage is built to be an open environment to support this, but that doesn’t mean you cannot have your secrets there 🙂
Bring in Stakeholders
Design and business need to be on the same page to get the best of both worlds. You need to create a great user experience that is bringing value to the company.
All Samepage Documents have a built-in chat, so the conversation never loses the context. Right on the Document, you can create an event for meeting with all interested parties. Invite your developers as well, so you make sure the design-development handoff process will be smooth.
Run Brainstorming Sessions
It’s best to meet in one room. Still, the reality of distributed teams and different time zones calls for videoconferencing that is also a part of the Samepage. When you create an event on Samepage, you can set up an auto-call with all event attendees.
This way, everyone joins the meeting on time. Thanks to that, you spend more time working together on the Mindmap document, discuss your design system, or brainstorm innovative ideas.
Gather Feedback and Iterate
Many design tools like Adobe XD and Figma simplify how you can collect feedback on your designs. That’s really great for smaller, more precise feedback, like “Why this button looks different.” But for more superior product design related feedback, you probably use other communication channels as well.
In Samepage, you can post images and then let others share their high-level feedback. Then they can follow your prototype link to dive into the interaction details. It’s good to have the high-level feedback documented so you know what you’ve been through.
Present Your Work in Progress
It’s easy to share your work in progress in Samepage. Want to share with just your favorite design partner? You can use direct messages or group messages.
Share your design directly on Page Documents or via Document chat if you want feedback from a larger group. On the Page Document, you can also find out what others think quickly, through the survey plugin.
Make Perfect Specs for Developers
Making design specs is barely ever fun. But we know they’re essential for common understanding. If your design app allows you to export and share assets for developers, then good for you.
If not, you can just upload them alongside your description. Design – developer handoff is then smooth as all the info developers need is in a single repository.
Make Perfect Specs for Everyone Else
Specs are also crucial for other involved departments, like sales and marketing. If you’re designing a more extensive project, you can create a folder for it and then create as many documents to help you communicate all the aspects of your design. As you know, successful design is also about delicate internal politics. Make it easy for everyone to follow what you’ve done.
Share your Assets
Never ever send design assets through email. They get scattered all around, and when you need to update one file to the latest version, you’re doomed. So people got used to sharing graphic design assets through Dropbox or Google Drive, but then when they do, they switch to email or chat apps to tell others they shared those files.
With Samepage, you can upload all your assets right on the Page or in a Folder. Then you just share it all to a specified person, even outside of your organization. And if you wish to share something publicly, you can make the Page Document public and so everyone can access it with just a click on a link.
Pavel, designer at Samepage
Getting the design right is as essential as getting the communication about the design right. That’s less of an issue when you’re presenting your designs in person. But in the case of a distributed team like ours, it’s absolutely critical.
That’s what I like about Samepage. I share screen designs on Page Document, I link the prototype and upload SVG files we don’t have yet in the GIT. But I make sure I always write the design goals and reasons on the top of the Document.
Don't Fear the Push Back
In my freelance career, I found that people are reluctant to change their tools, so I was often forced to keep using Slack and a mix of other products for communication and handoff.
Take your time and set up a simple structure in Samepage to show off the benefits to your clients. You’ll get a bit of push back at the beginning, but soon they’ll be happy having everything in the one, always up-to-date, place.