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While Fireworks can be a useful and powerful tool for any screen designer, several aspects of it make it really shine in an enterprise environment when used by both small and large design teams. What do I mean by “enterprise”? For the purpose of this article, enterprise can be defined as any environment where multiple designers, developers and other stakeholders collaborate on a project.
In this situation, Fireworks excels for a variety of reasons. I’ll share the top five reasons why our user experience (UX) team at Citrix (which consists of about 20 designers, researchers and editors, working on Web, desktop and mobile applications) uses Fireworks. I’ll illustrate my points with a few practical examples, as well as examples from other design firms.
A well-functioning pattern library is a beautiful thing. It is a powerful resource that you and your entire team can use to efficiently create consistent user experiences for your website or service. It cuts out repetitive design work, allowing you to focus your energy on creating new user experiences; and it creates a common UI language for your team, reducing communication issues and keeping everyone on the same page.
But to many designers, creating a pattern library can feel like a daunting academic pursuit, or simply useless overhead documentation. To make matters worse, getting consensus on which technology to use and how to get started is hard. After experimenting with various options, our team has found that using Evernote to house our pattern library of Adobe Fireworks PNG design files has proven to be a winning combination. We’ll outline how you can use Evernote and Fireworks to easily build your own pattern library and reap the benefits mentioned above.