Our team at the RISD Media Group consists of designers, writers and PR strategists, who have historically worked in their individual silos. As our team expanded, design leadership advocated with me for a more collaborative working environment gained some momentum, and we started implementing various project management tools and new ways of working to the team. The idea was to empower the team to collaborate more freely. As we’ve introduced these new tools over the years I realized that we needed to first develop a shared vocabulary around our work and to create learning structures specific to the technological comfort of the various team members.
Figma is a design tool we introduced to the team this year because of its real-time, collaborative editing capabilities. It has become an important part of our design process, so in order to increase internal buy-in, I created documentation that outlines specific software and general design vocabulary, along with some basic tutorials to get people started. This, accompanied by group and one-on-one learning sessions, has empowered many of the non-designers on the team to participate more comfortably in the design process.