A couple of months back, we have shared the news that the fine folks behind Freehand by InVision have introduced a series of templates for us to work better, faster, and more collaboratively within our teams. They have shared more templates this week from Salesforce, Microsoft Teams, and Monday.com, make sure to check them out. They also shared some sort of a Q+A, I will make sure to include some of them below. It's cool insights to understand the 'why' and releasing more things to improve our work/life situations. Let's take a look!
In their words
How is InVision’s research team playing its part in prioritizing new features?
Nili Metuki, senior director, design research and strategy: Our research with teams on how they collaborate shows that there are opportunities to solve for many points in the process. While every team might have different sequences, habits, or tools they use, most share common steps, which we are working to solve with templates. Additionally, we’re always tracking the features long requested by users, which has led to the more than 20+ updates from the past 11 months. That includes our latest feature updates from this week: grouping and linking to exact spots within the whiteboard—what we call deep linking. All together, these improvements help teams with remote collaboration, which nearly every person we talk to in our ongoing listening sessions is struggling with, and it applies to our newest customers, many of whom operate outside of product design. There’s still so much room for growth in Freehand to address changing customers’ needs.
What’s next for Freehand?
Colin: The big news is that we’re finding Freehand is truly for everyone. InVision has many products focused on designers, product teams, and product stakeholders, but Freehand is proving to be useful for every stakeholder, whether you’re in the core product team or sit outside of it in marketing, finance, or legal, as an executive, an employee experience leader, or a retail experience consultant. We’ve seen every one of these people find value in Freehand. That understanding is also our charge: To ensure that Freehand works for every possible use case in the easiest way possible.
We are seeing growth within our customer teams, too. A lot of the magic in Freehand happens synchronously with teams of people coming together to break down complex problems and solve them iteratively. That is where the energy happens—in that moment when teams look at each other and say, “Wait, what do we do?” Freehand is where you go to figure that out, to figure out what to do.
It’s fun to see how much Freehand is also being used asynchronously. Freehand is more than just a whiteboard meeting tool, it’s something bigger. It’s simple and streamlined, so non-designers and designers both feel at home. And now they can learn from the best, across the entire organization, with these awesome templates. We’re excited about what the team launched this week and how the new templates and features solve workflow challenges. We hope everyone will give them a try.