Most people carry around this perception that designers are these creative beings who all work together in the same room or close to one another. However, what happens when your design team is spread out all across the globe? How can collaboration and creativity be maintained when there is a physical distance between team members?
Luckily, technology has come up with a few tools to help remote design teams work together effectively, and in this blog post, we will discuss five tools remote designers can use.
With overflow stories, you get a simple and fast way to create a step-by-step layout of your designs and share them with your team and stakeholders. You can use this tool to build interactive, self-paced presentations, add context and clarity to your designs, set up real-time meetings, and present to multiple people in different time zones. It’s one of the best ways to communicate creative work.
Dailpad is an advanced tool that will help streamline your business communications and increase productivity. This tool connects your entire team through voice, video, messages, and online meetings and can be used by companies that range from a few hundred employees to over a thousand.
When you use Dailpad, you reduce the amount of business communications tools that are used by your business, and some of the key features include:
- Conference calling
- Record and playback
- Mobile access
- You can join calls without needing a PIN.
This tool is best suited for both small and large-sized teams.
Mural is a brainstorming manager that makes it easier to brainstorm more methodical manner. This tool is a digital whiteboard that allows users to write, draw or pin stickers on it. Designers can also use Mural to brainstorm and create prototypes as a team.
Some features of Mural that users absolutely love include:
- Sleek user interface: These are bright stickers, highlighting, and a wide selection of connectors that make it easier for users to describe and prove their point.
- Real-time project collaboration: This feature allows the entire team to join the brainstorming session.
- A lot of integrations: This feature allows you to connect Mural to Slack, Dropbox, Jira and other popular collaboration sites.
Time Doctor is a popular tool used by designers. This app helps users keep an eye on how they spend their productive time by keeping track of the websites they are using, and if they are on a website for longer than they should be, they will be notified of it. This tool has real-time tracking, automated screenshotting; you can share time logs with clients and many more features. You can also get this tool on your mobile device by downloading the app.
Some cool features of Time Doctor include:
- Automated payroll: This is when time logs get converted into billing data automatically.
- Detailed reports: This is a dashboard that tracks how much time your team members spend working, the apps they visit the most as well as insight on how to optimize productivity.
- Alerts you whenever you wander off work-related apps: This feature helps you stay on track with your work.
Canva allows you to make beautiful ads, logos, landing pages and custom graphics for yourself and your clients. This tool is perfect for small to medium-sized businesses that can use Canva to create professional graphs, prints, and presentations with professional layouts, templates, voice icons, frames, and many more.
The tool also has some exclusive features such as a media library, text and image editor and a bunch of tools that allow you to create professional images that are still fun with the help of designers. Hundreds of templates, designs, fonts and images are available for you to choose from.
So, there you have it! Five tools that designers can use to work together remotely. These tools are all easy to use and effective as well. Whether you want to design a logo or plan a presentation, these tools will help you!