User Interface (UI) Design is no easy task as it takes a lot of planning, design, and implementation. Not just design, but showing the UI to our customers is also a big process. Our job as UI/UX designers is to ensure that the developers have the resources and tools to implement the design and give the exact look, feel and design that they look for. Styling a UI through coding is a long, monotonous process of placing elements, using different fonts, colors, and so on. Your aim in presenting your UI designs should be to share the UI designs and prototypes that you have reviewed and made ready for feedback. What your clients see will determine the review process. It is important to present your ideas when necessary and get as much information as possible. Presenting and sharing your UI design to your clients remotely is a tedious task and requires a lot of arranging and communicating, and it is important to save time in this process. It is an agile way of doing as a team.
Getting feedback and corrections about the UI from the client can be a long process with lots of calls, meetings, and Emails. Especially when you or your team wants working collaborative in UI/UX. It is better to use some project collaboration tools for effective communication and reducing unnecessary meetings, which can be avoided by directly showing the project and getting feedback, and making the changes simultaneously.
There are a wide variety of design collaboration tools that help designers improve their design sharing process. We have categorized the different tools into three sections.
- Design/Project Collaboration Tools
- Explainer Videos
- Screen Recording Tools
Choosing the right design tool at the right design stage always means a lot. Here is a list of some Design Collaboration tools that can be used for UI Sharing
- Adobe XD
This is one of the most prominent tools that people use for sharing UI. Adobe XD makes it easy to design UI and UX. You can perform tasks quickly with test interactions and flows, and get a truer sense of the project, so you can finish the project sooner and reduce the time spent on reviewing and making changes. Adobe XD has some good features that help you present and share your UI designs. Loaded with UI kits and plug-ins, this is one of the most reliable ways to share your UI with your client.
Adobe XD’s live collaboration feature is very useful, Co-editing, allows the designer and client to work together simultaneously on the same file. Co-editing is not only useful for designer-to-designer collaboration but also for those crucial client and designer interactions, especially for remote teams where it is difficult to have face-to-face meetings. You can use this to make changes in real-time and have interaction and feedback from the client directly. It is very efficient and can save you a lot of time
The Userlytics Testing Suite is a platform that allows you to test and run moderated or non-moderated user experience and testing projects. This helps you create a customized user experience based on your need. It is easy to set up tests and the required tasks, and It helps you run tests of your website, so you can get feedback about the UX. It helps find areas of improvement for your website, it is like a mock-up of the actual website so that the client can get a feel of the site and how it works.
- Mockplus iDoc
Mockplus iDoc is one of the popular project design collaboration tools for designers and developers. It is useful in creating a connected online space for product teams. It helps with facilitating designer-developer collaboration. Mockplus iDoc automatically creates a ‘device-friendly view of your design files, capturing CSS styles, fonts, colors, and slices. Likewise, it gives developers exactly what they need to get in bringing your designs to life. Furthermore, it can also be used in PS, Sketch, Adobe XD through Plugins. Some features are they can help you export designs easily from Sketch, Adobe XD, and Photoshop. This tool generates accurate specs, assets, and code snippets automatically with ease. Show design tasks and workflow in a full-view storyboard with your client directly. The client can comment on designs to give instant feedback.
Screen Recording and Explanatory Videos
Due to this pandemic situation, UI AND UX Sharing cannot be done through In-person meetings. Virtual meetings have been very useful in meeting with clients and sharing information about the projects. There are several Screen recording and video conferencing apps that allow you to present your UI and get feedback in real-time
Zoom is one of the most prominent applications for virtual meetings and video conferencing. This allows you to share your screen with your client and get simultaneous feedback directly. Sharing UI can be done through virtual meetings, and we can make the changes on the spot. This tool is very useful and helps you communicate better with your client and minimize the time spent on meetings and feedbacks.
- Google meet
Google meet is also a similar application to Zoom, they both offer the same functionality. They can be very useful to transfer information quickly and share your UI with ease.
Loom is a screen recording tool that allows you to record your screen and make explanatory video demos that can be used to share the UI design with your client. This tool may not be as effective as a live Zoom meeting with real-time feedback and correction, but is it useful to make a video demo to show your UI to clients. When a client reports an issue, they can send your developer a recorded video with voice as a message and vice versa. We at Macronimous has been using this effectively.
With the modern tools, reviewing UI and UX with clients or teams has become easier. Hence, no more excuses for a poorly reviewed or designed UI. So, choose the right tools to collaborate with UI/UX designs.