As a designer and team member, working in sync with your team can make you better at your job and a more efficient worker. That is easier said than done. Following design etiquette will create a standard that we can all abide by to work together effectively. Here are some of my rules that I like to suggest:

Working Off a Networked Server

When designing in a team, saving to a networked server should always be the standard. Imagine this: Your deadline is nearing and you’re set to revise a comp that your fellow designer has worked on. But, that file is nowhere to be found because it’s saved to his desktop. Don’t be that guy, always save your work on the network server.

Layer Organization

You shouldn’t need a knife to cut thru the layers upon layers that make up the comp. Use folders to organize the layers, and arrange them by their section such as header, body, slider, footer, etc. Naming the layer or folder makes it easier to navigate for obvious reasons. Also, delete unused layers!

Standard File Names

There can be hundreds of files for one client, so file naming is an important part of the logistics when saving. I like to save by client, project, file and version. So, it might look like this: client_summersale12_cubead_v1.psd. When saving out the actual work files, you want to label it for its function. Example: bg_header.jpg or btn_nav.jpg.

Brand Guidelines

This may not apply to all situations, since all brands do not always have guidelines. But if they do, all team members should abide by the brand rules. Consistency is important across all elements created for the brand.

Made for Web

We’ve already talked about naming functions for files; it usually applies to the files that you will save for the web. Optimizing file size is also another good practice that you want to get in the habit of doing. You want to conserve the file size as much as you can while still maintaining a high quality. When selecting a font, I like to choose one that will be able to convert to a web font. Not all fonts are free to convert to web, so beware.

So there you have it, folks. These are my general guidelines, if you have any that you would like to share, send it our way and hit that comment button.

One Response to Etiquette in Design

  1. Yes definitely. The rules that you defined must be strictly followed in order to deliver better work on the given deadline, but unfortunately I think that some of the above rules are not followed by every body. Isn’t it?

    Search Engine Optimization Southwest Florida | June 18, 2012at 1:35 am

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