Why should you use a visual feedback tool?
Visual feedback tools and proofing platforms are revolutionizing the way that designers, creative directors, and clients communicate and share feedback with each other. Should you start using a visual feedback tool in your work? What even is visual feedback?
This article will answer your questions and help you get started sharing feedback more effectively than ever before!
What is visual feedback and why is it important?
In the design world, visual feedback is the process of giving feedback about graphic designs and web designs in a concrete, visual way. This involves visually pointing out which areas of the page, image, or web page that the feedback is about.
To understand why visual feedback is important, let’s start by taking a look at non-visual feedback. If you were to give feedback on a website design or graphic design in a non-visual way, how would you go about it?
Would you type out an email to explain which button on which web page has a broken link?
Would you call a graphic designer on the phone to explain that you want to make a certain section of the logo design a slightly different shade of green?
If you think these methods sound full of opportunities for miscommunication, any designer would agree with you. Giving non-visual feedback on visual media can be confusing, require clarification, or even lead to designers having to redo their work over and over again.
With visual feedback, your comments and requests for revisions are less likely to get lost in translation, leading to a smooth workflow and higher degree of productivity.
How can a visual feedback tool help you revise designs?
In the past, the most common way to give visual feedback on websites and designs was to print them out and mark up the pages by hand.
Not only is this not a very eco-friendly solution, but it’s also not very efficient! Taking screenshots, printing them, writing on the pages, and scanning them to send as an e-mail attachment all take time. Not to mention handwritten comments can be hard to decipher, especially after they’ve been scanned.
With visual feedback tools, also known as “usability feedback tools”, these four steps can be reduced to just two. Simply input the data that you want to give feedback on (generally, you can input the URL for a website, or upload a file for a graphic design), and then you can mark up the page digitally and send it with the press of a button.
How much faster is it to use a visual feedback tool?
Visual feedback tools can reduce the amount of time it takes to give design feedback by up to 80%!
Speeding up the flow of giving feedback gives you 4 times the amount of time to focus on the actual creative process. It’s easy to see how a visual feedback tool can help keep you on schedule, reduce stress, and increase productivity!
How can I start giving visual feedback?
The best place to start is right here, with MONJI!
MONJI works like digital sticky notes and allows you to effortlessly add feedback to any website, PDF, or graphic.
You can use common proofreading marks, have your comments transcribed through voice input, set a priority level and deadline for each task, and you can even connect MONJI to your favorite communication and productivity tools to make sharing feedback a breeze.
It doesn’t require any downloads, complicated setup, or coding knowledge to get started. And best of all, it’s completely free!
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