Good on you, designers!
We may be one of the least impacted lines of work there in these changing times, even though some may find it difficult dealing with remote meetings and review sessions. Many companies may have only now adopted this ‘post-office era. It’s reassuring to say that the design industry is well underway for a fully remote workflow!
I can count on one hand the number of design institutions in Thailand that teaches you how to work together on a real-life project. We relied on our creativity — worked on, and received feedback on our terms for so long. One would never imagine the day we would have to let others openly stare into what we’re doing. Some might feel uneasy having an open discussion with team members, let alone their stakeholders.
In recent years, companies have become more open and transparent about how they work. Hence tools and services for collaborations are now showing up here and there, competing to be the preferred choice in your production pipeline.
Presentation and feedback redefined.
Video calls are now the new standard for conferencing instead of dressing correctly and speaking with a clicker in your hand. Screen sharing has become a new normal of communication during the pandemic, and so the act of avoiding embarrassing notifications.
Apart from poor connections that you may experience, which can (and will) ruin your carefully curated session of design reviews, having to guide stakeholders through a fragmented output screen has proven to be even more demanding. Problems include but are not limited to:
- People are not full-screening their browser windows and having a hard time seeing that tiny spot that you’re mentioning.
- Low encoding quality causing poor colour and terrible image quality
Streaming latency causing disorientation and inducing the wrong impression
In the design industry, these discrepancies are a BIG deal and could make or break a review. Then again, one could never expect stakeholders to have inspected your design via your fantastic high-resolution and colour-rich screen in the first place because that was not the experience for the majority of users.
Screen sharing as a review session
To combat this, our team now does a more compartmentalised presentation using smaller, closely related components instead of the entire body of work.
Doing the latter would lead to a deluge of feedback in which the team will then have to expend undue time and effort to filter content and reset expectations when the meeting concludes.
It’s becoming inevitable that Zoom and Hangout are now the new standards for video conferencing. You are now having to share your screen and walk everyone through your beautifully crafted designs. So now would be an excellent time to focus more on concepts and solutions, not just for looks.
After all, one could never be expected stakeholders to have inspected your design via your super high-resolution and colour-rich screen.
You could also help your clients understand how to properly participate in a design review session while being aware of keeping the feedback flowing in an Agile manner.
It’s like Google Docs, but with your design files.
There will never be a better time to introduce your team to real-time collaboration tools for designers.
Figma somehow predicted the future and is now in the spotlight for its incredible live collaboration feature. Late to the party, Sketch was announcing its coediting features following Adobe XD’s late last year beta releases of the same name. So there are indeed concerns regarding online-only services. But then again, imagining working from home when you have no internet is terrifying on its own already.
Users are getting smarter.
Contrary to popular belief, users know how to scroll and have been for the last five years. Yet you’re still getting requests from clients to ‘put everything important on the top of the screen. What does this mean? It means we’re now well past the point of fundamental UI interactions ‘being new’ to users.
But sometimes, you overthink things.
Consider this: Now, there are even more potential customers from more massive amounts of people stuck at home scrolling through apps on their phone. It has become apparent that several users viewing your apps is generally more significant, and they are less prone to a steep learning curve. Therefore, thoughtful onboarding and general anticipation of your user’s experience plays a crucial role in making or breaking your app.
Get to know your users from research and feedback to keep things in check and easy for everyone to access.
This article was originally published at blog.oozou.com