At its heart, working as a designer is a social job. I work with clients, users, UX specialists, developers and a collection of other designers. As a lead designer, I like to keep an eye out for how to make our processes more efficient. Sometimes it can be difficult to realize how a particular design workflow affects development. However, once I identify the problem I get excited to solve it.
I came up with this change when I was searching through an icon pack that had each icon saved out as a separate file. I got so annoyed paging through each individual icon that I created a master file for reference. That's when it hit me – I was making my developer do the exact same thing.
App design can include a lot of little icons or design elements that need to be integrated by the developer. These is a chore for them to keep organized or find months later when they need to update the app. This was particularly apparent when working on the Fluke VSA app for Android. So I decided to try out creating an asset sheet as a single point of reference to find any icon and it's file name.