Templates & Frameworks to Work more Efficiently
Over the past few months, I’ve been looking at ways to really streamline my design and development process. When I create my design mockups in Photoshop, I tend to have hundreds of layers and sometimes when inspiration hits, my first instinct isn’t to organize these layers. So I end up with a crazy mess of layers and I have to hunt around for that header background gradient. I was using the 960 grid template to make sure everything was in the right place but it still didn’t help my layer disaster zone. Then, I came across this post by Mindy Wagner. Being an experienced designer, Mindy was having the same issues I was and decided to do something about it by putting together these Photoshop templates that have all the layers named with the 960 grid layer already in there. It is extremely organized and has helped me tremendously. So now when inspiration hits, I just open up this template, save as and everything’s already organized for me! She also includes a style guide template so you can organize the colors you’re using for links, headings, etc. This is great if you have to pass this work onto another designer. So many thanks to Mindy Wagner for putting these together and giving them out for free!
Anyone else have any time-saving tips for the design and development process?