When designing anything, collaboration opens the door to great opportunities. A collaborative design process includes team members with differing backgrounds and mindsets. When they work together, solving a design problem becomes easier and more fun.
Design is a very feedback-oriented industry. Feedback allows you to gather insights from different parties to improve the artwork or product. When there are multiple designers working together, they can share their ideas with each other, and combine those ideas to achieve the best results possible.
Collaborative teams work to ensure each individual is valued, which increases engagement and usually leads to better creativity, since everyone feels comfortable sharing different ideas.
Talking through new ideas and sharing feedback also helps designers confirm that their work makes sense to others. You don’t want to leave all of the important decisions in one person’s hands. Getting insight and advice from others is crucial for checking that a project is heading in the right direction before spending a lot of time refining it.
Great design rarely happens without any feedback. Sure, you might make something cool all on your own, but bringing other people into the design process will create award-winning designs.
Feedback loops are designed to minimize errors in a workflow that would result in future project delays. When you’re working on a project, the faster you can catch and correct mistakes the better.
When feedback can be done in real time, the small issues can be identified right away, improving the overall process.
Remember that this should be a positive feedback loop, not a negative one. A positive feedback loop occurs when one party listens to the constructive feedback or complaints of employees, with the end goal of improving processes. Positive feedback creates a happy workplace and culture that inspires loyalty and fuels business growth.
Another great benefit of collaboration is improved focus. Collaboration helps you avoid jumping from one task to another and adds structure to the design process.
Depending on the type of project, there can be different people responsible for different elements of the project: the design itself, fonts, textures, colors, etc. This is especially important with 3D design projects because they can get complex and overwhelming quickly.
Instead of trying to manage everything on your own, you can divide the various tasks between a team and each person can focus on a specific assignment.
When teams are able to collaborate effectively, they’re able to produce new ideas and innovative solutions. But effective collaboration doesn’t happen by accident.
If you’re working with a new team it will take some intentional time and effort before you’re conquering the design world together. And collaborating can become extremely frustrating and slow you down when it’s not done right.
Conversations throughout the design process allow designers to share what they’re working on and talk through any issues or questions. When roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined, the entire team performs more efficiently.
When you’re starting a project with a group, one of the first things you’ll want to do is define each person’s roles and responsibilities. When the responsibilities are clearly defined, everyone understands what they need to get done. You don’t want to have three people working on the same task and ignore other important tasks.
Slack did a survey about effective collaboration in the workplace, and workers around the globe cited “clear responsibilities” as one of the most important elements of effective teamwork. One of the biggest roadblocks to collaboration was when clarity is absent.
Design collaboration is built first and foremost on communication between different parties and on information exchange between them. It creates a sort of collective mind that works as one mechanism in order to complete the task and make the process as efficient as possible.
Constant communication and the ability to stay up-to-date with a design project are the essential ways of how 3D designers can benefit by working collaboratively.