On-line collaborative design walls / spaces

17 Aug 2011 - 12:20am
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Gary Barber

I often work with distributed teams (due to my remote location). Now I have been searching off and on for a solution for a virtual design wall or collaborative meeting space that can be effective as the local physical design wall.

For a solution I have rolled by own mashup of tools, looked at graphical wikis, online meeting sites, concept sign offs, and wireframing collaborative sites.

If you have been using a single tool or mashed up group of them and you think it works, I would love to hear about it.

I also talking about this topic at the UXAustralia conference next week.


18 Aug 2011 - 10:30pm
Diana Wynne

I've also tried a bunch of different tools for different teams over the years, from ConceptShare to WebEx. Writeboard is handy for a single page and introducing teams to written collaboration.

I've just helped a client move to Confluence, Atlassian's wiki, and am impressed with the Gliffy and Balsamiq mockups plugins. They support multi-user simultaneous versioned wireframes and flowcharts. Not freeform drawing though, and not cheap.

The same client also uses Adobe Connect (or whatever Breeze is called these days). All of these are more effective for reviewing a design or spec than for brainstorming. For design brainstorms, we tend to use Skype or iChat to screenshare while one person draws--often in OmniGraffle, or opens PDFs or prototypes for walkthroughs. 

Hardly an integrated solution :)


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