Designers and Developers Collaboration: 10 Steps to Start Working Together

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Christi Tidwell
Senior Designer
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Originally published on May 29, 2018Last updated on Sep 29, 2023

Key Takeaways

How do you collaborate with other designers and developers?

By implementing a good design collaboration process that consists of tools and workflows used to go from ideas to products. The process should include macro design collaboration (the overall layout and visual design of a product) and micro design collaboration (forms, page sections, and buttons).

Do designers and engineers work together?

Designers and engineers should work together to increase creativity and productivity. Working together, designers can better understand design feasibility from a developer’s perspective and decrease back-and-forth communication from a lack of understanding.

How do you see the collaboration between designers and developers?

By implementing a design collaboration process that includes choosing a collaboration tool, thinking responsively for asset creation, involving developers early in the design process, standardizing how design files are handed off, walking through the design with the development team before handoff, implementing effective developer handoffs, creating a space for open communication and learning the common terminology and processes of each team.

How do graphic designers work with developers?

A graphic designer works with a developer to ensure the assets or wireframes the designer has created can be coded and implemented into the site, product, or app.

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