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Hello, I want to start an unlimited graphic design service. (yes, yet another one, but bear with me)

It’s the second week that I’m working on this project, my goal is to test the market as soon as possible.

One element that is missing is the solution to handle communication between the clients and the designers.

• Mandatory: it needs to communicate instructions, progress/status, and design files (exported from Adobe Illustrator or similar). • Optionally it would also display the design inside the app so the files don’t need to be opened. • Optionally it would let the client easily mark the design where he wants revision.

• Mandatory: it needs to have unlimited clients and unlimited projects (I’ll have hundreds of clients and each will have at least one project) • Optionally it would auto-assign a new project to the first available designer, or let the designers choose themselves which project they want to work on • Optionally it would have groups (corresponding to a subscription plan) with different clients and different designers in each • Optionally it would communicate with other apps so that client and designer management tasks (access, payment, etc) can be automated

I’m open to all suggestions, not just the selection above. Ultimately I guess I’ll have a custom app developed on a no-code platform, but to begin with I need something simple and ready.

Reminder: it is only for graphic design, between my designers and my clients

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Sketch

Zeplin is great for Developer handoff and setting as source of truth for Design and Developemt. InViosion is the standard for communicating/testing design ideas and prototypes with stakeholders. Both applications offer unlimited projects. I use them on a daily basis at big enterprises and for small weekend projects.

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Mert Torun
Product designer at Mert Torun · | 3 upvotes · 54K views
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Basecamp

I have been using Basecamp since 2008 to handle my client communications. I have gone through all of its three iterations.

I'd recommend Basecamp above the others because:

  • It is a communication tool through and through. Looking at your description, that seems to be what you need. Zeplin is a developer handoff tool. It isn't designed to cover a more broad use case as you describe. Invision has some features that you want, but it is primarily a tool for building quick low-fidelity prototypes from website mockups. Figma is a great design tool. For the last two, communication is a secondary feature.
  • It was designed by a design agency (37 Signals) for their own needs, which were quite similar to yours. (They later closed the agency to focus on Basecamp as a product full-time)
  • It has flat pricing that doesn't count the number of projects, clients or team members you have. You don't have to think twice about opening another project or inviting another user. You always pay the same price.
  • It can separate team and client communications. The team can talk about something without the client ever seeing it, in the same context.
  • It can keep todo lists, which I think you will need anyway.
  • Access control is based on projects. Every team member or client will only see the projects they are invited to. They will not even know the existence of others. (Except admins. They can see and join all projects)
  • It is easy to understand and use. The design is free of clutter and easy on the eyes. Your clients (especially the tech-averse ones) will appreciate it.
  • It has mobile/desktop apps with the full functionality of the web app. You won't have to wait for someone to sit down to get a quick approval.

The only real downside for me was the lack of language support in the user interface. You will be fine if your users understand some very basic written English. Some of my clients did not, so I had to walk them through it.

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Pros of Adobe Illustrator
Pros of Figma
Pros of Sketch
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    Vector Creation
  • 12
    Web-based application
  • 8
    Intuitive interface and perfect collaboration
  • 7
    Works on both Mac and Windows
  • 6
    Free software
  • 5
    Works on multiple OS's
  • 4
    Great plugins, easy to extend
  • 4
    Large community, tutorials, documentation
  • 4
    Imports Sketch files
  • 4
    Hands done the best design tool for collaboration!
  • 4
    Interactive, event-based prototypes
  • 4
    Highly Collaborative
  • 2
    Prototyping, design files and comments all in one place
  • 2
    No more syncing between Sketch and InVision
  • 23
    Lightweight alternative to Photoshop
  • 11
    Mirror designs on mobile devices
  • 9
    Reusable elements/components
  • 7
    Vector
  • 5
    Plugins for everything
  • 2
    Real-time design preview on iOS devices
  • 1
    Constant updates
  • 1
    Thought for UI design

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Cons of Adobe Illustrator
Cons of Figma
Cons of Sketch
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    Massive disk space usage
  • 3
    Adobe Updater to slow you down even more
  • 2
    Expensive
  • 5
    Limited Export options
  • 4
    Not for Windows
  • 3
    Horrible for slide presentations

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What is Adobe Illustrator?

The industry-standard vector graphics app lets you create logos, icons, sketches, typography, and complex illustrations for print, web, interactive, video, and mobile.

What is Figma?

Figma is the first interface design tool with real-time collaboration. It keeps everyone on the same page. Focus on the work instead of fighting your tools.

What is Sketch?

Easily create complex shapes with our state-of-the-art vector boolean operations and take advantage of our extensive layer styles.

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