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How to Work with Designers

How to Work with Designers

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 11 Nov 2013

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 11 Nov 2013

Regardless of whether you work with designers on a regular basis (if you’re part of a creative or marketing team, for example) or on one-off projects (such as a web redesign for your blog or business), Evernote can help you effectively manage the process.

We asked two designers on the Evernote team, Adam Glynn-Finnegan and Kara Hodecker, to share their tips for using Evernote and Skitch with a designer.

Create a Notebook for each design project.
Give your designer or designers access to this notebook so they can create notes with mockups (JPGs, PNGs, etc) to share progress and design options.

Quickly and easily share notes with entire teams.
Eliminate the need to email around updated designs and forget the endless email feedback chain. Give everyone on your team access to the project notebook so everyone can see the latest and add notes. Even team members who use different platforms can all access Evernote from any device to review designs and compare options.

How to Work with Designers

Build a design archive.
Collect all aspects of the project in the above-mentioned notebook so you can look back and see past iterations and get other team members up to speed on a project, easily.

Give and receive feedback with Skitch.
At Evernote, designers use Skitch to communicate to developers by pointing out inconsistencies with code/design, or to show user flows. Team members use Skitch to give designers feedback by marking up designs with changes and notes.

Deliver wireframes, design specs and assets, all in Evernote.
Choose to have either a design notebook and a deliverables notebook for each project, or put everything into a single notebook.

Pro Tips:

  • Put design specs and user flows in notes for developers to access
  • Upload .zip files of graphical assets in notes for developers
  • Quickly update notes when changes are made, from your desktop or mobile device

Use tags to stay organized.
Notebooks can fill up quickly and it may become more difficult to manage revisions, updates and feedback. Help resolve this by creating a tagging system.

Pro Tip:

  • Use tags such as “mockups,” “specs,” “assets,” “final,” “archive” etc. Filter notes from Evernote on your desktop to only what you want to see (i.e. show me all notes tagged “specs”)

How to Work with Designers

Keep teams on track.
Use Evernote to create to-do lists in a note for designers and developers. Tasks get checked off as they are completed, and can be prioritized as needed.

Pro Tips:

  • Create basic schedules and timeframes for each project to keep the team up to date
  • Use Reminders to pin these notes for quick access

What are your tips for using Evernote to work with a designer?


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3 Comments RSS

  • Josh Medeski

    This is a great article! As a designer, I’m going to test out Evernote for my next project, thanks!

  • Removalslondon24

    I never thought that evernote is also for design. Now that I know that there is added reason for me to linger more time in my evernote.

  • Becky Aiken

    Some of those designs would make great desktop wallpapers! Just sayin’. 🙂