Design Signoff gives users a way to present their design concepts and manage discussions based around their work. The user can begin by building a gallery of images that showcase their designs. The application provides an interface that gives the user’s work center stage that doesn’t interfere with viewing. The user can invite others to check out their work and provide valuable feedback, comments and suggestions. Users can converse to collaborate on projects. Designers can work closely with clients while giving them a better perspective on what the finished product will look like. The idea is to achieve “design signoff,” meaning the go-ahead to complete the actual project. Users can present new work or keep clients and others in the loop about the most recent updates to a visual project. Additional tools include automatic email updates, sign off tools and project statistics.
Design Signoff promises to provide designers with a way to streamline the collaboration process. The application was intended to help open up the lines of communication between designers and anyone they need to review their work. Although the application’s blog states that official release was planned for summer 2011, by September, that had not yet occurred. Design Signoff acquired Get Signoff in May of 2011 with a note that Get Signoff users would eventually have to migrate to Design Signoff when the site was officially closed down.
Design Signoff provides users with all the same features that other applications like it offer. The user can upload images, share them online and get feedback to help them create the perfect finished product. These features work well, so this is a good thing even though it doesn’t do anything for the originality of the application. Some users may appreciate Design Signoff’s sleek, stylish interface and galleries which could be a selling point.
Design Signoff can be easily described as clean and trendy. The application uses a light background with hints of solid black and deep orange to give it life. Each page is very well organized, with plenty of open space and just enough content to prevent it from becoming boring or plain. User comments are listed much like a thread, so collaborators and clients can easily follow conversations. The interface also stays away from the spotlight, allowing the user’s work to get all the attention (just as it should be with this type of application).
A new user can create a Design Signoff account by clicking the white “Beta Signup” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The following page asks the user to provide an email address to request an invitation to the Design Signoff beta. After submitting the form, the user must wait for an official invitation. The last page encourages the user to invite others to try Design Signoff. Users who invite others are given priority on the beta registration list.
Design Signoff is only available to paid users. Users have to give their creditcard details when they subscribe. After the free 14 day trial users have to pay $12 per month for the cheapest plan. The most expensive plan costs $35 per month. Users can not cancel their paid account when they are logged in to their own dashboard. They have to go back to the homepage and click the -My Account- link to cancel the account.
DesignSignoff.com was created specifically for designers. Anyone who work with images, websites or other visual products can use the application to share their work and get feedback that can help them take it to the next level. The user interface is very clean and allows users to collaborate quickly, even when they are not physically located in the same office, or even the same country.