In an agile process, designers and developers aim to build prototypes and products quicker than ever. Long gone are the days of meticulously designing every pixel before testing a proof of concept. However, certain client deliverables help lead to a final product and are still highly effective throughout the design process, even if that process is accelerated.

In the early stages of a website or app, getting everyone on the same page regarding the architecture and primary functionality is crucial. Flowcharts, wireframes, and style guides can help clearly communicate plans to your team, client, and key stakeholders. The right design assets can help create those documents quickly, moving you towards prototype, development, beta, and launch.

Let’s look at some of the primary benefits of creating documents that may be used during the design process:

  • Improve designer-client communication, with sign-offs on key deliverables, helping to facilitate a smooth process.
  • Well-designed, consistent visuals speak to stakeholders and the general quality of work.
  • Improve designer-developer communication, focusing on bridging the gap using clean, easy-to-follow visuals.
  • Identify key functions and poking holes in ideas early, saves time later.


Remember that every project is unique. Determine what tools to use based on the type of product, complexity of requirements and personalities you are working with. Sometimes extra planning is needed at the start to make sure there is a clear path, while other times going straight to prototype with napkin sketches may be the best route to success.