When InVision first announced their new design tool ‘Studio’ was due for release, I was sceptical and didn’t intend to look into depth at what they were offering; simply because, there have been so many other companies, introducing new tools before. All of those were similar to the existing software and didn’t introduce an innovation or significant improvement to existing design processes. But as the hype in the design, community started to build up, I decided to take a look and signed up for an early access.

At this moment, at the Tappable studio, designers are using multiple tools for different tasks:

• Sketch – craft wireframes and design;
• Flinto Lite – create project prototypes;
• Zeplin – share design specs with developers.

After we have finished crafting a design in Sketch, we are creating a Flinto Lite prototype to present our work to the client. To do so, we are exporting flat artboards and importing them into the Flinto Lite IDE, to add interactions between views. Each iteration, I am praying to the design gods, that I do not have to revisit the project after I have created a prototype as I will have to repeat the whole process again; but after client review, inevitably there will be some changes to the design. We head back to Sketch to do the tweaks, export artboards, import into Flinto and update interaction points. Design, Amend, Repeat.

InVision Studio makes this process much simpler, as it allows to design and create prototypes in the same platform. If there are any changes after client review we can do changes, update & share the new prototype with the client with a click of one button. There is no hassle exporting and importing artboards. This saves a massive amount of time and makes a designers workflow much more efficient.

Usually, after design and prototype approval by a client, we are starting to prepare design specs and assets for developers, by going back to the Sketch file to make sure all assets are marked as exportable. After that, we are exporting all artboards to Zeplin and sharing that with developers.

With InVison Studio there is no need to prepare files for developers as that is being managed automatically by creating the project prototype. The only thing left to do is to share the same client prototype with developers. This is a huge improvement to our existing design process with a potential saving of days per project.

InVision Studio takes all that a step further, by integrating advanced animation into the platform, allowing designers to create micro-interactions and share it with the client and developers with the same ease as the prototype. We have always struggled to share any micro-interaction animation with client or developers as we needed to create and share them as separate files. InVision Studio takes this pain away.

Collaboration with client and developers is child’s play with ‘Studio’, as it also allows to add comments and highlight areas within the platform in the compartment. Before ‘Studio’, clients and developers tend to take screenshots and send comments via email. There always has been a possibility that some of the comments get lost in the chain of emails.

It all seems like a dream for designers, but it is not yet. The current – early access version comes with a lot of bugs and some of the features are not as polished as I wish it was. But InVision appears to listen to designers reviews and ‘Studio’ is becoming better and better with every, single, update.

As InVision claims that Studio is the world’s most powerful screen design tool, we at Tappable believe it has the potential to become one.

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