The subtitle of this article caught my attention and spoke so much truth I have experienced first hand over the years. I can’t talk enough about how vital process trial and error is to help improve a team and individual workflows
The value of design ultimately hinges on process. If we can improve the workflow, we can improve the output and perceived ROI.
The actual title of the article is this “How open source technology inspired a modern design workflow“ but the subtitle resonates so much.
The article is definitely worth the full read but I have pulled lines that speak to me while reading through. As a designer who started his career in code I always had a different mindset to versioning my files.
For years I tried and tested different methods of versioning on teams, all of which were always temporary fixes, but as groups grew we always had trouble. In some ways, design systems would solve aspects of this because of unification but would always break in single-use case designs required in UX.
Avoid design sprawl (doing 5 things at once in the same file) by working intentionally on multiple, specific features at the same time, in different Branches.
With Branches and Commits, we can communicate what work is being done, explore divergent ideas, and capture all of the iterations on the way to the right solution.
Give your team members confidence that they always have the latest version.
Love this statement!
The value of design is found in the process. Without a transparent process, design is a commodity, not a human-driven craft. I’m always asking, “How can we imbue design work with meaning, so we can remember the richness of the history of the explorations and future-proof what we’re making?” We want to be able to retain the backups, the thought process, the context, and institutional knowledge.
Read the full article here: https://www.abstract.com/blog/open-source-modern-design-workflow/