Rareș C.
Rareș C.Visual Designer @ Instapage

What are the best project management tools for designers?

Me and my team are exploring options to move our design project management workflow to a clean slate, what are some of the tools that you use to stay on top of design projects and make sure the workflow is smooth & fluid. We are looking into using Trello, but if anyone has a more visual and more feature packed alternative we are open to suggestion.
26 recommended
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    Taskade 3.0

    All-in-one collaboration. Chat, organize, get things done!

    Dionis Loire made this product
    Taskade is built for designers, creative agencies, and distributed teams. It's super simple, flexible, and fun to use, and it's free!
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    Prototyping and collaboration for design teams

    If you are looking for a tool to store version and track the process you should try InVision. They have a feature Trello like where you can see the version and progress of the project. Personally I don't use that feature cause I track design versions in a different way. I guess you'll have to try it out and see if it works for your team. Tools Ive used, Basecamp, Trello, Asana, InVision, JIRA.
  3. 16

    Google Calendar inside your Trello

    I vote for Planyway, in combination with Trello. Our team designer productivity has grown by 15-20%, according to weekly reports for similar tasks. In spite of Planyway is just a Chrome Extension, for now, it seems to become a real breakthrough in project management.
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    Keeps people on the same page

    John Ababseh
    John AbabsehEpiphany Enthusiast · Written
    I love Trello, but basecamp is worthy of checking out as it helps with all tasks and is the go to spot for documents, meetings, checklist, projects, emails, calendar syncs, chatting, and more.
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  5. 15

    Powering millions of teams to work smarter, together.

    Kaushal Vyas
    Kaushal VyasProduct Manager; Entrepreneur · Written
    I am surprised this hasn't been recommended yet! It's got everything a designer could ask for when it comes to project management -Task boards, Privacy settings, in-situ conversation, custom backgrounds, colours, google drive and dropbox add-ons, et al.
    Trello is a decent tool but what really makes it powerful is Planyway Chrome Extension which allows you to use a real google-style calendar. Check it yourself at planyway.com
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    Confluence 2.0

    An open and shared team workspace

    If your tech team already uses JIRA then it makes a lot of sense for the design team to be here too. It may not the most best looking tool out there but if you work directly with the product and the developer teams and they're already on it then it does a pretty good job of keeping everybody on the same page. Agile development concepts like Epics and stories help link efforts of all teams and makes it easier for projects to be managed. Teams can have their own workflows set-up within their projects will ensures nobody skips a step. And many more benefits.
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    Jira and Trello are IMO the best alternatives out there. While JIRA is more sw engineers oriented (lots of dev integrations) I think you can find quite a good amount of workflows and boards also for designers/mktg/sales people. Recommended it. (till 10 ppl, JIRA should actually cost less than Trello).
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    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    David Adamu
    David Adamudesigner of the future 🦄✨ · Written
    I find Paper great as a tool for collaboration - you can add comments on specific parts of designs and have a tight feedback loop between team members.
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    ProProfs Knowledge Base
    When it comes to managing multiple projects and teams, there are numerous project management tools you can choose from, irrespective of your expertise. Choosing the right PM tool depends on the features you need, not what kind of work you’re supposed to do. So, answering your question, the best project management tool for designers is ProProfs Project . Why? The tool offers all the necessary features, like task management, resource management, invoice generation, and so on; that help in managing a team and multiple projects in one dashboard!
  9. 5

    Agile task management, kanban, scrum, sprints and timers

    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    More feature rich than Trello, and more views too. Worth a look!
  10. 4

    The All-in-one Product Management Platform

    Iryna Maniuk
    Iryna ManiukMarketing manager · Written
    My team loves Atlaz. It's kind of Jira + Trello combo: feature-rich yet simple to learn and use. Whatever you're looking for - project/team/task management, time and progress tracking, reporting - Atlaz has pretty much that all.
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    Turn your to-do list into a real work plan

    Filipa Nascimento made this product
    Outplanr turns your to do lists into a work plan. It’s a team work planner which helps you balance your and your team work-life, by delegate and tracking everyone tasks in real-time and planning your work for all week.
  12. 2

    Manage everything from the smallest tasks

    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    Depending on the size of your studio, you might want to take a look at Favro too, as it's got an extra layer of managerial oversight built in.
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    Client Portal

    A client-friendly way to keep your projects organised

    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    Worth a look for sharing all the files and process with clients...
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    Sortd for Gmail

    Trello for Gmail - Transform your email into organized lists

    It's a great and visual project mgt tool that lives in Gmail ... that where I work!
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    One app to manage your entire small business 🎉

    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    I've just started kicking the tires of Plutio but they have impressive features already of you're keen to get everything under one hood. If you're freelancing or running a small studio, I'd suggest having a look.
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    ProofHub Forms

    ProofHub is the easiest way to create forms.

    Nandini Sharma
    Nandini SharmaAssistant Marketing Manager · Written
    ProofHub is a web-based project management and collaboration software to plan, organize and deliver work faster. ProofHub is a highly beneficial tool that brings all the useful project management tools along with a native proofing tool. The proofing tool makes life easy for designers as it cuts the tedious task of reviewing and approval of designs easier than ever. Plus, there is an in built timer in the app as well, which you can use to track time spent on design works and bill the clients in the easiest possible manner.
  17. 1

    The fastest way to sync your team with ongoing projects

    Daniel Lobo made this product
    I think you should give winio a try. Your documents, tasks, and conversations on a single screen
  18. 1

    Social enterprise platform

    Enterprising Josh made this product
    Bitrix24 is excellent if you are looking for a free project management solution that comes with time tracking, billing, quotes and client management. See https://www.bitrix24.com/feature...
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    Julie Tolosa
    Julie TolosaSuccess is not for the lazy · Written
    Julie Tolosa made this product
    A fun and engaging app Creatives would enjoy using.
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    Notebook for Mac

    The beautifully simple note-taking app from Zoho. Now on Mac

    RamonStartup Enthusiast · Written
    Editor's choice by PCMag