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Creative industries have always relied on collaboration. Well before the introduction of computers, groups of designers would have gathered together around physical drawing boards to make comments on one another's work. Computers have only made this collaborative process easier.
From graphics in marketing to the design stage in an engineer's work space, technology has become a priceless tool not only for the design, but also for this collaborative element. Here, we take a closer look at how designers can go about embracing technology to help with their creative collaborations.
Using translation software
Each designer will often use different platforms throughout different stages of a single project. Throughout the process, as each design gets filtered through a variety of different pieces of software, as well as through different designers' computers, it's important that you spare some thought for compatibility.
Using Transmagic translation software is one way to ensure that the work you do can be viewed and altered by everyone you send it to. This is the best way to reduce the likelihood of running into trouble in the event that you and your colleagues are shifting between CAD systems.
Take advantage of your network
If you're sharing an office space with your collaborative partners, there's plenty of opportunity to take advantage of your network to help with your work. This could involve sending your work to their printers, remotely controlling their computers for a period of time or even making use of a shared monitor somewhere in the office.
For remote collaborations, it's possible to use the cloud as your own network. This will make it easy for you and your partners to keep up to date with the work that one another are doing – no matter where you are.
Holding regular video conferences
Collaborative projects always work better when everyone involved is able to communicate clearly and regularly. Of course, this is simple enough if you're working with your team in one office but it can be more challenging for those working remotely.
For those projects where you're not sat around a desk, video conferences can be a good idea. Not only will this allow you to feel closer to the people you're working with, but it will give you an opportunity to use visual aids to help express opinions on various design ideas. Where possible, sharing your screen can also be of some help
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