10 awesome collaboration platform for designers

Collaboration platforms for designers are becoming more pronounced as we see more companies launching such products in the market. On SmashingHub alone, I have already covered two such companies: Notism and Webydo.  The reason for such a product is clear: it improves the workflow by enabling easy file management, real time communication and  payment. All these help designers to improve their productivity, which in turn shortens turnaround time and ultimately raises the revenue for the company or individual designer.

If you are not sure about how these design collaboration platforms work, here are 10 of the latest offerings that you can try.


#1: Notism


I have covered this Notism during their giveaway collaboration with SmashingHub.  You can check out the article to see what kind of benefits that you can enjoy. In summary, I was impressed with what Notism can do, which is why the giveaway was conducted to share my experience with the readers here.


#2: Webydo

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SmashingHub also did a giveaway with Webydo.   It manages the technical backend and the payment process for designers while they focus on creating websites for clients. A nice thing about Webydo is that all the websites created by the designers will be branded as their work, rather than being promoted as the output of Webydo’s platform.


#3: Cacoo

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Cacoo focuses on enabling collaboration over diagrams such as site map, flowchart, mind map, wire frame etc. It has a free account for users to try out their basic service.  Useful if you work with diagrams most of the time with your collaborators or clients.


#4: FrameBench

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Framebench’s strength is on real time sychncing of the documents. This means your clients or team members can see the changes as you are making them. This is great for minor touchups when it is cumbersome to do so over email. It also integrates with other project software such Basecamp, thus making it much easier in terms of data portability.


#5: Mural.ly

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Mural.ly is ideal for designers to share ideas. It has a virtual canvas that allows your team to share any kind of media from videos to images to text. This virtual canvas works like a physical white board, except that it has unlimited borders and a lot more features.


#6: Exact.li

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Exact.li is more of a peer review platform. It allows you to upload your documents online and invite fellow collaborators to comment on it. If you are looking for a more basic tool for review purposes, exact.li is the right fit.


#7: Marqueed

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Marqueed focuses on an niche area: marking up and commenting on images. Since designers do work a lot on image, this is a nice niche that isn’t as competitive as other areas.  It also has a host of other features such as taking snapshots of webpages, keep track of progress and a quick grab tool for images.


 #8: 87seconds

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First of all, I liked the name. It is interesting and memorable. Secondly, I like its innovative. 87 seconds is on doing animated explaination videos that have become super popular. Its platform allows a certain of collaboration between designers and clients through templates and online communication.


#9: Sungalss.io

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Sunglass.io is one of the first collaboration platform for 3D designers. Their platform allows collaborators to work together on producing and designing 3D models using different software.


#10: Annotree

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Annotree allows collaboration between mobile app developers and designers. The innovation is in allowing the changes to be marked directly on the app, using mobile devices. These mark ups can be then be shared in a dashboard so that every member knows what needs to be done.

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  1. Adam says:

    Usefull list, thanks 🙂

    BTW: Why there are no links?

    • Ali Qayyum says:

      This is going to be a lengthy explanation.
      Over the past months, due to Google’s changes in their algorithms, I have many companies approaching me to take down their links from my site.
      This is a time wasting effort so I rather just highlight the company or product and you guys can just search for them.

  2. Webydo says:

    Thanks for including Webydo on your list!