It is not the fault of anyone individually. It’s just that wires crossed, meetings were missed, and conversations got lost in the blur. The things you thought were agreed don’t seem to have happened. Everyone feels a bit lost.
When something like this happens, it’s a sure sign that your communication and collaboration tools aren’t up to snuff. But even if you’ve never had any problems before, it’s always worth checking out new tools and finding out if they might better suit your needs in the future.
With that in mind, we’ve picked our favorite apps, tools, and software for working together as creatives in 2022. We’ll start by looking at project management tools, then move on to video conferencing tools, messaging tools, and networking tools. feedback, respectively. .
Project management tools
Asana is a popular project management platform designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work. It has some cool features that keep you from feeling overwhelmed, such as Focus Mode, which lets you focus on one task at a time, and Smart Inbox, which helps you filter notifications based on those which are priorities.
Notion is an all-in-one workspace for note taking, knowledge and data management, and project and task management. Its note-taking tools are particularly sophisticated and support different types of content. It also facilitates the creation of a company wiki so that all important information is easily accessible and understood by employees.
Monday is a browser-based app preferred by many large organizations that lets you build your own work management apps and software. Its Forms feature is particularly useful for streamlining the process of collecting ideas and bringing them together on a single board.
Frame is a cloud-based collaboration platform that helps you stay connected with all your teams, wherever you are. Adobe recently acquired it, so we expect plenty of integrations with Creative Cloud apps to come.
Figma is primarily known as a vector design tool, but it also packs plenty of tools for real-time creative collaboration. It is largely designed to let you create, collaborate, prototype, and deliver UI designs. And best of all, it’s free.
Miro is an online collaborative whiteboard platform for teams. It helps creatives collaborate on multiple elements of the design process, including brainstorming, workshop, strategy mapping, Agile ceremonies, UX research and design, product development, customer discovery, and business visualization. process.
Loom makes it easy to create and share video messages instantly on your phone or computer. With Loom, you can record your camera, microphone, and desktop simultaneously. Your video is then immediately available for sharing thanks to the company’s patented technology.
Flow is modern task and project management software for creative teams. It brings your tasks, projects, calendars and conversations together and integrates with many popular productivity tools to help you get more done. It has a particularly good iOS app.
Video conferencing tools
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Video conferencing tools often involve a lot of faff (Microsoft Teams, anyone?). Whereby promises to cut all that, positioning itself as “the super easy way to connect over video”. This means you don’t need to provide any personal information to start a meeting. You also don’t need to download anything, use an app, or share lengthy meeting links.
Demosk is a meeting platform specifically designed for business teams. It claims to increase your success rates by over 35% by automating non-sales tasks and providing live sales coaching.
Vectera makes it easy to plan, brand, and host client meetings. It offers particularly good calendar integrations, and you can get creative with whiteboards, co-browsing, and document annotation once the meeting has started.
While cheap and cheerful Zoom may be the most popular choice these days, Webex remains the Rolls Royce of video conferencing platforms. Combining conferencing, messaging and document sharing, it may be more expensive than most apps, but the technical quality and sophistication of its features make it good value for money overall.
If you’re not already using Slack, you probably will soon, as it has become the instant messaging platform of the day for countless design agencies in recent years. Whether you’re managing a remote team or collaborating on a project with others, you’ll find plenty of features to stay in touch, all in a sleek, easy-to-use interface.
There may be a trolling problem, but as long as you follow the right people, Twitter can be a goldmine of help, advice, information, and positivity. Because it’s so public, you might want to avoid putting too much detail on commercially sensitive projects. But otherwise, it’s a great platform to ask questions, get feedback, or just share your daily feelings.
Over the past few years, Discord has begun to eclipse Twitter as the go-to place to discuss specialized topics. Essentially, it allows anyone to create a forum about anything. So whether you’re discussing the specifics of a project or just hanging out with collaborators and shooting the breeze, this is a great place to do it.
Flock is an email tool available for mobile, Windows, Mac, and web. It includes many useful collaboration features such as shared notes, screen sharing, reminders, tasks and polls, and the ability to chat via audio and video calls. And it all integrates seamlessly with Google Calendar, JIRA, Github, Facebook and more.
Chanty is an all-in-one collaboration tool for onsite and remote teams. It lets you set up chat rooms organized by topic, as well as private groups, direct messaging, audio messages, task management, and video calls. The idea is to better focus team members on the task at hand rather than chatting, and smart AI bots also improve your productivity.
18. Rocket Chat
RocketChat is a real-time messaging platform for businesses that focuses on privacy. In their own words: “Rocket.Chat does everything other platforms do, except expose your data.” There is both a free and a paid version of the app, the latter being aimed at large businesses.
19. Acrobat PDF Comments
One of the most popular ways to get feedback on creative work is to turn it into a PDF and get feedback right on the document. There are several ways to do this, but generally speaking, you have the choice of signing up for Adobe Acrobat (which is free), using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (if you’re already a Creative Cloud subscriber), or Use a third-party PDF tool such as Xodo or PDFpen.
20. Dropbox Comments
Did you know that Dropbox also allows you to comment on the files you upload and download from the platform? You don’t have to pay: anyone with access to a Dropbox file can leave a comment and view other comments, unless comments are disabled. Try it: it’s super easy.
Diigo allows you to annotate web pages and PDFs directly while browsing online by adding text, comments or reminders. You can tag your collected web pages with relevant terms for easy later retrieval, share them with colleagues and collaborators, and archive pages forever, whether the original source is still active or not.