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Beth Vanderkolk
Beth Vanderkolk Updated

How are you using Freehand?

With Craft Freehand, you can get the ball rolling on a project faster than ever before. You can add artboards or images from Sketch and Photoshop, hand off control to a teammate, co-draw to share sketches and rough ideas, and so much more.

Tell us how Craft is changing the way your team is collaborating!

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Sean Kinney
InVision ambassador Sean Kinney , ambassador

https://medium.com/ux-power-tools/invision-freehand-digital-whiteboarding-bf83639c1184?mc_cid=cbfe1cf607&mc_eid=58fb7cc965 is a particularly interesting read on using Freehand for redlining designs as well as a few other creative uses.

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Preston McCauley
InVision ambassador Preston McCauley , ambassador Edited

I currently use Freehand as the middle tier between my design teams. At a high level my teams are on the same page with the interactions between view states. Where Freehand comes in handy is working out the deep interactions and micro-interactions.  We also use it to help evolve various concepts views and design patterns. A click prototype is not necessarily needed in our process.

After we are done commenting, noting, revising, and reaching agreement in Freehand we will move back into the appropriate UX stage. This leads to eventually merging the designs into a Invisionapp click prototype. 

Freehand personally saves me many hours a week. I can quickly jump in, understand a problem point, evaluate, iterate,  and create.

 

New uses since I last wrote this.

  • I use freehand to work on initial design & style guides while we are exploring what design patterns & systems we want to use and will ultimately

  • When doing initial discovery I use freehand to identify and work with a  client on redesign changes to existing content, pages, etc..

  • I've been using freehand as just a general note taking space even before Ihop into design mode. 
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Eric Odom
InVision ambassador Eric Odom , ambassador

I had a fun use case during planning for a conference. We needed a way to for multiple people to view a map of the facility we're hosting the event in. Even more, we needed multiple people to be able to annotate while other members of the committee provided feedback.

Within a few moments I was able to drop in two images of floor plans, and a couple of us "drove" - mirroring one of our screens to the display on the wall so everyone could see. Without Freehand, we would of been stuck writing on printouts and trying to translate each member's notes into one cohesive set.

Freehand allowed a team of 12 to work through numerous problems and make decisions in a matter of minutes, instead of a matter of days.

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FAHANMI Ambrose Wuraoluwa
InVision ambassador FAHANMI Ambrose Wuraoluwa , ambassador

I personally love using freehand not just to create User personas and User journeys but also as an infinite whiteboard for multiple ideas and brainstorming.
Especially when the team needs to collaborate and make decisions but need to do a lot of brainstorming and won't want to pass any opinion as irrelevant.
With the new update on freehand, the possibilities have been infinite.

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Jessica Eisner
InVision ambassador Jessica Eisner , InVision Employee , ambassador

Today I use Craft Freehand for project and team collaboration, but I often wish I’d had Craft Freehand as a tool in previous roles/teams doing product development. For example:

  • When developing a style guide, Craft Freehand would have enabled our team to iterate much more quickly with realtime collaboration, while still ensuring our lead designer could maintain control of the file and manage changes.
  • Design reviews where the client would be able to provide and visualize feedback immediately with just some tweaks to the Sketch file and a quick re-sync with the Craft Freehand plugin.  
  • Early QA sessions where potential workflow issues could be caught and addressed in the design before engineering work happens.

In my experience, when Product, Design, Engineering, QA, and other stakeholders review and collaborate on designs early, it ultimately leads to a better user experience, better product, and less costly rework. Craft Freehand is a valuable tool for that type of early cross-functional collaboration.

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Katie Glenn
InVision ambassador Katie Glenn , InVision Employee , ambassador

Recently I used it with my team when we developed a learner guide for a new course we were developing. It was a complex guide with multiple sections and areas that needed to be developed and being able to sync with each other using Craft Freehand made the process smooth. It also made all of us feel really comfortable that we were working on the latest version and weren't stepping on each other's efforts.

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Joe Gelman
InVision ambassador Joe Gelman , InVision Employee , ambassador

For my purposes Craft Freehand has always been the difference between one meeting and multiple.  

 

Sync screens, watch as people are putting feedback in the Freehand, make those changes in Sketch, resync while they're still in the Freehand and watch it update live. Rather than repetitive feedback loops (send things out for feedback, make changes, send things out for feedback, etc), I can make the changes right then and there while we're all in the Freehand.

 

It's really friendly for non-designers too, so nobody has to figure out how to navigate in a design tool or worry they're going to break anything in there.

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Yan Chow
InVision ambassador Yan Chow , ambassador

For my purpose of Craft Freehand, it would be used for alignment and confirmation of Information Architecture and User Workflow, while also approving DS UI components.  Altogether it can be a map to optimize UX and overall CX if utilized within a suite of product applications.

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