Consistency in the intake and delivery of design projects is key to building successful client relationships–this is especially true when working with clients across the country. While we like to push boundaries, we avoid going off the rails by adopting a process. See how projects are managed and what digital platforms/applications are used to get things done.
Super simple to use and made for the web, Adobe Sign is used to review and sign Scope of Work (SOW) agreements. The SOW serves as a binding contract that documents the details of our engagement, including the services to be provided, the timing of deliverables, payment terms, and communication plans. With Adobe Sign, reviewing and signing contracts is done 100% digitally–you can sign and send off a contract within a matter of minutes from your desktop or your mobile phone.
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Meet your digital project manager–Asana. This platform is a safe and secure place to manage all project communications, deadlines, and files from any location, at any time. Much more efficient than email, Asana ensures that all parties are aligned on project milestones, giving all team members transparency into the inner workings of the design process while encouraging individual accountability. You’ll receive a login invitation with easy to follow quick start instructions to get you up and running in no time.
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Got a question and need a quick answer? Fire up Slack and send an instant message to any member of the project team. More immediate than email, when logged into Slack, team members can communicate in real-time; consider it your virtual watercooler. Best of all, Slack integrates with Asana so you can manage all of your team communications in one place.
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All s2dzine website interface design is done in Sketch; a super fast and vastly more efficient way to design website interfaces and mobile applications than Photoshop. Sketch enables the creation of reusable symbols, application of consistent font styles and one-click export of design assets which speeds up the design/development workflow–making project delivery faster. With Sketch and Invision, basic prototypes are shared online or via the InVision mobile app for a more realistic experience.
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When we’re feeling fancy, website and mobile interfaces are created in Axure, leveraging its powerful interactions and animations to bring concepts to life when basic prototypes aren’t enough. Axure enables designers to rapidly share prototypes that function and behave like real websites; incorporating dynamic content without having to write an ounce of code.
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Adobe Creative Suite
While Photoshop is no longer used for s2dzine website interfaces, it is still a powerful application for photo editing that’s used around here quite frequently. Adobe Creative Suite products (InDesign and Illustrator), are also used for graphic design projects. So if you’re a client that uses the Creative Suite, you’ll have no problem opening final deliverables no matter which operating system you use.
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Review & Release
Proximity doesn’t ensure productivity, so we encourage businesses to challenge the way they manage teams and projects; and that means being open to and embracing virtual meetings. For client meetings, we’ll leverage join.me, using its super easy screen sharing and presenter swap functions to be more collaborative. With join.me, team members can easily connect no matter where they’re located, so you never have to worry about being in the office and you can stop fighting co-workers over conference rooms.
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InVision is our jam and it’ll be yours too. When designing website interfaces and mobile applications, InVision is used to preview creative concepts and capture feedback. Whether you attach comments directly to the prototype concepts or take advantage of the digital whiteboard, InVision enables all team members to collaborate and give feedback in real-time, no matter where they may be physically (buh-bye painful email threads).
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There are times when words can’t quite convey the nuances of what you’re trying to communicate and meaning gets lost in translation. In those instances, we’ll use the Google Chrome plugin Loom to capture and sending feedback via video. Just click on the plugin from your browser window and start recording using the front-facing camera from your computer. Loom also makes it super simple to create a link to your video, so you can make it available for all team members to view and comment on. If you’re camera shy, no worries… you can just capture your desktop and provide audio commentary.
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After all the approvals have been received and the project has reached its conclusion, final files are packaged and posted to Dropbox for safe and secure storage until downloaded to your computer or mobile device. Dropbox is also used as our archival system, so if you ever happen to lose or misplace a file, we’ve got you covered.
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