WWW… Wednesday! Sketch for Teams
Sketch is a Mac-exclusive, vector-based graphics software that was first released in 2010 and has since become one of the go-to tools for UI and UX designers.
Prior to Sketch, many web and app designers used Photoshop, which due to being pixel-based, required designers to save many different iterations to account for the range of devices that might access their product. Once released, Sketch quickly found an audience among web and app designers with its simple feature list and no-nonsense interface. Over the past 8 years, the Sketch team has continued to add features addressing the needs of this constantly changing industry. With their most recent update, Sketch has introduced Sketch for Teams, which is now in open beta.
As the name suggests, Sketch for Teams provides a suite of tools to aid in collaborative design processes. One simple but critical addition is the ability to add comments. Whether working with a team of 3 or 50, Sketch can accommodate any number of viewers, allowing each to leave their feedback in the form of a comment, free of charge. Only those who need the ability to edit or upload will have to pay to collaborate. Another key aspect of comments is the support for markdown and mentions. Similar to social networks and applications like Slack and Discord, users can leave feedback and specifically tag others to get their attention.
Over the course of a long project, we can sometimes find ourselves having strayed a bit too far from our original vision. Sketch solves this problem by keeping working copies of every iteration in a neat timeline, accessible at every step along the way. This makes it easy to keep track of must-have features while also giving you the freedom to fearlessly experiment.
While this beta version does not include live collaboration, this along with many other features are currently in development and will be added as the beta progresses. Cloud-based plugins, libraries and additional organizational tools for both projects and comments are among the top priorities in coming updates. You can learn more about Sketch for Teams and sign up for a 90-day free trial to try it for yourself here.
Did you know? Sessions College now offers a UX/UI Design course developed by Mike Hamm. Studying online, you can learn to sketch and prototype apps and websites using Figma, Sketch or Invision.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.