Decluttering design deliverables

I design white-label applications that are used by 10s and 100s of brands which results in a painstaking amount of time to deliver design deliverables to developers. Following are the ways I declutter and maintain design deliverables.

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Always maintain your design files and deliverables on a cloud storage platform like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc., This ensures that you always have a backup of what you do. You can also add your teammates like fellow designers, developers, PMs, etc., and provide appropriate access so that they don’t mess up with your files. Design systems feel alive when they are in a shared platform which gets updated in an instant. I feel Dropbox has pulled off better things like lower latency in updating changes in a file where your fellow collaborators don’t have to hit refresh or sync their files whenever anyone makes some change.

As a designer, we will undergo numerous iterations before arriving on a common agreement. Because of this, we end up accumulating too many versions of the same project. We often hear from developers and other collaborators saying, “ Is this the final one?”. InTovoid confusion, it is always good to use version control tools like Plant, Abstract, Kactus, etc., Even utilizing Google drive’s default version control while adding your iterated design files can greatly help you declutter your design files.

Most Clients will have the following folders:

Application Assets which are iOS, Android design deliverables starting from branding assets, app icon, artworks, feature graphics, till product screenshots.

Card Assets which includes physical & virtual card designs of different properties for the app (iOS and Android) and the admin portal.

Client Portal Assets which includes branding assets of clients, favicon, etc,.

Source file is the folder that can be accessed and modified only by the designers which have all the design source files associated with that project.

Whenever you get to know that there is a repetitive process, make sure you templatize it for your own good. Creating a custom template may consume time but its totally worth it. I exploit Sketch symbols to create templates. Things like app icon have specific guidelines for both Android and iOS which are the same for every client. I create a master symbol and create multiple instances of them of different sizes and export presets. The following are the screenshots demonstrating how I do.

By employing this, I was able to deliver things that are at a much faster pace than ever before. You can also add your custom guidelines and segregate them into pages for better clarity. Creating templates for product screenshots lets anyone just update the relevant screens of the client and export for the App Store or Play Store.

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