October 10, 2010

Draftboard – Streamline Mockups for Better Collaboration

Draftboard is an application that is made by designers, for designers. With an emphasis on collaborating in an efficient manner, the application gives people a way to post virtual mockups of their latest projects and distribute them to colleagues for immediate feedback and critique. Without having to deal with lengthy email lists or corrupted file attachments, designers can spend more time doing what they do best—designing—and less time sorting out who has and hasn’t received their mockups for review.

When you sign up with Draftboard, you’ll be taken to a custom dashboard page that shows thumbnail images of all the projects you’re working on now. To add more mockups to the mix, click on the “files” tab and upload your project as a mockup image, photograph, text document, or music file. As long as you’re still working on a project, you can store it under the Draft section of the site. This is the place where you can include annotated notes and other questions directly on the mockup image itself, which your colleagues can respond to when they get around to viewing your design. A client who’s looking at a mockup of a new logo you’re creating, for example, can draw a small box around a particular area where he’d like to see a change and include a note explaining exactly what it is that he’d like to be different about it. You can share and discuss your mockups with coworkers from within the Draftboard commenting system, which stores everyone’s opinions in one central place.

Just as important as the mockups you upload onto Draftboard are the ideas that inspire them. The application makes it easy for colleagues to post links to interesting articles or other design ideas meant to inspire everyone in the office. For freelancers and small businesses looking for a way to collaborate on mockup designs, Draftboard is a solid application that works well and gets straight to the point.

Practical Uses:

  • Upload a mockup and get feedback from colleagues
  • Share your opinion on a coworker’s logo design
  • Get critiques from multiple designers without sending out any emails
  • Converse with colleagues about the latest design trends and fads

Insider Tips:

  • Save past mockup ideas in the Draftboard archive
  • Upload mockup images, text documents, and music files
  • Use the commenting feature to hold group discussions with colleagues
  • Track revisions of mockups saved in the site

What we liked:

  • Colleagues can easily leave annotations on mockup designs
  • Draftboard sticks to the basics, rather than getting caught up with extra features
  • To-Do lists help designers stay on track with what needs to be done
  • Free account comes with 1 GB of storage

What we didn’t like:

  • Draftboard doesn’t have quite as many bells and whistles as other mockup collaboration applications


Company Info:


  • Free plan
  • Freelancer plan is $12/month
  • Studio plan is $24/month
  • Agency plan is $49/month
  • Corporate plan is $99/month

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