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Creative Director, PBS Joined over 5 years ago
I’m a huge dropbox fan. As a designer and sometimes photographer my entire projects library as well as my Lightroom catalog are in Dropbox. That way, no matter which mac I use, all my files are available.
We're in the process of building one right now. We looked at a few different platforms like invisionapp.com or brandfolder.com but you can't remove either one's branding from the site, which was a deal breaker for us. How can you have a Brand Guide with someone else's logos all over it?!
We're currently exploring a custom Wordpress install using the Semplice theme editor to create something similar to those platforms but branded to our specs and needs.
I work at for an in-house Marketing dept. on the design team. We have about 30+ people within the department. Most of which are not tech savvy at all and hate trying new software.
I was the first to adopt it, asking my team members to start using it. Once my bosses saw how it opened the creative process and they could stop asking me for updates, they started using it. Once that happened, we needed to bring others within the dept on board so the conversations could continue to grow.
One way it's grown is by me only providing feedback within Slack. If someone emails me a question, I'll answer them within Slack only. That forces the other person to begin using Slack and hopefully they'll see the benefits and continue using it.
Currently, Slack is not mandatory for us because it's something we're still experimenting with. Sr. Management is taking a wait-and-see approach for now, hoping it will catch on naturally instead.
The hope is that once main conversations have naturally shifted over to Slack, then Sr. Management can bless it as "official", forcing the stubborn holdouts to get on board.
I feel your pain. I found that there were about 4 main blockers when implementing it in our office. It's still not completely adopted, but we're at about 75% of staff having an account and climbing.
Here's the 4 blockers I found if you're interested… http://itswilder.com/slack-hard/
This was a big issue this year because Agile was completely new to me, being a traditional On-Air designer, so it took some experimenting. Here's what we do…
We use Epics to track major functions (Schedules, Favorites, Video List, etc.) with User Stories for individual issues.
For Design though we tried something different. I created a main Story tix for each product (iOS & Android) who's status was set to Design. Then I created Design subtasks within each story that correlated to the major functions that we previously set up under the Epics. We then linked each Design subtask to the appropriate Epic.
i.e. Under the Schedules Epic tix, there's a lot of User Story tix for different functions of the Schedules page, but there's also one main Design tix which includes all the designs and wireframing of that function.
This allows me to keep all the design tix and feedback separate from any functional bugs or tix. It also allows the engineers to have one place to reference any and all design related notes. It also keeps me sane because I only have to keep track of a few main design tix instead of having notes and comments spread out over hundreds of tix.
One other note: I couldn't stand to look at the web interface of JIRA. It was confusing and hard for me to keep track of what was happening. I found an app on the Mac App Store called Bee and it saved my life. It's simple and clean and much easier to parse information.
I'm an After Effects guy all the way. I find it faster and much easier to get exactly what I want. But if you need an alternative, I'd suggest Pixate. I tested them during BETA. It's very cool and fairly easy to understand for us "non-programmer" types.
Yep. Designs like this make for cool, futuristic looks, but in reality, UI is becoming simpler, not overly complicated.
I understand your frustration but I urge you to push through it and find something that inspires you to keep designing.
You mentioned that you're currently working for "agencies". Have you ever worked for the "client"?
About 15 years ago I switched from the agency world to being on the client side and have never looked back. Investing in one brand over a long period of time has been very rewarding. You don't win every battle, but enough to keep you going. And if the company is open to it, as mine have been, there's lots of opportunities to stretch your creative boundaries by working on print, on-air, environmental, social, and many more types of projects. All of them helping to shape the brand in one form or another.
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