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Designer-Developer Handoff – A Collaboration For The Betterment




February 4, 2021

Design Handoff Easier

Designer-Developer Handoff – Collaborate Better, Design Easier & Develop Faster

Presently in practice, before developing any product there’s always a design layout or blueprint that helps in effective product build. Now, when the designers are all set to transfer their finished design to the developers then there comes a stage called design handoff. As and when handing over a design to developers multiple layers of information needs to be communicated. This entails a Design Handoff Document that covers all different aspects of the design solutions as mockups, checklists, and more. Reaching this stage requires both the designers and developers to perform certain duties in unison. Designer-developer handoff and their collaboration speak out loud in this stage to attain the ultimate goal. In this post, we shall cover the importance of good designer-developer handoff, collaboration, challenges faced, and smart execution.

You might wonder if it’s necessary to consider all these minute elements with such importance but only these small changes lead to a big difference.

Sit tight & Stir up your read…

The Need For A Good Designer & Developer Duo

The ultimate goal for developing any product is to exhibit the intended value to its users. In the process of attaining this great goal, there lie various steps with major considerations. One such move is to encourage a sound relationship between developer and designer.

On Practicing That, The Worthy Deeds You Get To Experience Are Like,

  • Designers involving developers in the interaction design process, and developers getting involved right from the first moment smooths the possibility of product production with utmost accuracy.
  • When designs are technically very feasible, you get to implement them in a much shorter duration. This saves a lot of your valuable time.
  • It can be a great benefit of avoiding replanning and overdoing it if you put immense effort into the initial stage of development.

Need For A Good Designer

For A Smooth Designer-Developer Handoff,

Mock Up

On generating and sharing UI Mockups there are few things to be more specific on.

Naming The File
It’s advisable to name the file or screen in a way it depicts the real purpose. Also, using a version console solution for a design improves quality. It is also recommended to maintain a consistent casing pattern while naming a file. (Sentence casing, lower casing, Camel Casing; etc.)

Save The Best
While planning for the product design you might have done a lot of drafts, iteration, and exploration. On that note, make sure you transfer the final outcome of your design holding back your iterations on archives. This provides the developer a clear picture of your design giving no space for confusion.

Design Communication

This is a stage where a good design carries out the idea straight to the developer with no hindrance. In order to achieve a flawless delivery check out for the following aspects as well.

Mapping A Flow
Coming up with the mock-ups alone doesn’t complete the process of design presentation, it gets properly done only when the mockups are sequenced in an orderly fashion. It is very important for the developer to understand the user interaction journey for better code implementation. And this is attained with the perfect interactive design prototype.

Stay Accurate
As a designer there are certain things that you need to be aware of, like; there is no sort of any predefined rule for screen presentation. It’s completely your choice of customizing the prototype based on the discussions with the developer and understanding of the screen weightage.
For instance, a few of your screens can simply be static with comments, a few with platform-specific standard interaction processes, and certain others with high fidelity prototypes, and more.
These interactive prototypes and comments marked up static screens avoid the last-minute chaos between the developer and designer.

Design Communication

Formulate HandOff Checklist

For a better organization of designer-developer handoff maintaining a checklist plays an important role. It remains necessary as it can greatly help as a go-to catalog that provides designers with all the required artifacts. The importance of having a handoff checklist gets realized mostly during the last stage of execution because that is where the missing design can be traced back. Remember to have a checklist box that shows the status of completion.

Automate The HandOff

Just like any other verticals, automation has benefitted the design industry as well. It has reduced the necessity of maintaining asset archives, manual conveying of details thereby saving a lot of time. Hopefully, designers have got to experience the automation tools in exporting designs right from Sketch, Photoshop, or Adobe XD.

Some of the features that automation tools aid,

  • To upload the design in one click, generate specs, and view detailed specs data right in one place.
  • Exports your layers in one click and produces automatic HD slices instantly.
  • Create and customize your project style guide as per the project need. (component, color, text, and style)

There are plenty of such high-quality tools available in the market to fine-tune your product design journey.

Edge Cases

It is the responsibility of the designer to think of all extreme possibilities even before the designer-developer handoff. A better approach for this scenario would be the inclusion of empty and error states for the screen in the checklist itself. Doing so can avoid a situation where the developer gets to the blame for not developing a visually perfect product and this also leads to a better user experience.


You might think designer-developer handoff is a long go, but certainly functioning according to the workflow would help you to leverage the advantages of the developer designer teamwork and make your design handoff more flawless. So, this article intends to get you all to be informed about the designer-developer handoff process and boons of it.

In simple terms, the whole thing is to stay very much concerned about the after-effects of design handoff that is to think from the shoes of the developers. Would you like to know more about our process… feel free to catch-up with our UI UX Team.