No one app does it all – if a developer tells you otherwise, turn and run.
Used in concert with each other, multiple apps can be magical. This is when design, conversation, and collaboration are truly a joy – for my company and our clients. The conductor of this conversation is Reflector 2.
You may wonder why I went through all the technical jargon about being connected in prior posts; it takes cables and networks and even apps to make the magic possible. If set up properly and maintained, connectivity is seamless, unseen, and unheard. It allows you and the design process to shine.
If you utilize the devices and hardware that we do, it also demands consistent connectivity. Things happen that try to compromise what you are doing, but familiarity with your software, hardware, and design goals will make it all right.
As almost every blues rock song goes, everything’s all right – it’s gonna be all right.
So don’t fret – go for it.
If you (musically speaking) miss a note in the conversation, keep going. Compensate and everything will truly be alright – great, even. What song has ever been played perfectly?
Conversations are not rigidly scripted; they get vulnerable, and honest, and spontaneous. That is when art happens – when architecture happens.
So, Reflector 2. You aren’t going to see much of it, but everything you are going to see in the following video is borne on the shoulders and back of the app. There are other products that appear to do what Reflector 2 does, but I challenge you to find a better value in performance, stability, and price. If you do, please let me know about it. I want to see it.
Reflector 2 simply allows you to reflect: it broadcasts your mobile device signals & images to another device (in my case, a laptop computer – sometimes a Mac, sometimes a Windows machine). And it’s doing this live. Reflector 2 allows you to have a conversation with a client and literally have no limitations of media, technique, and images for your design process.
The accompanying video is a screen shot on my Windows laptop of example images and conversational sketching, design sketching that can be done, experienced and recorded – yes and recorded – with you and your clients.
We use this app and process hard. It is a software we do not want to ever do without. Reflector 2 is also one of the apps I have written about whose update I installed the night before a presentation – and it was not fully cooked and ready in the morning. I found an alternative, wrote the Reflector folks a pointed email, and it was corrected faster than I imaged it could be. Great service and a great app to boot.
The point is:
Take the connectivity thing seriously. Set it up and use it up. Converse with everyone in the design process using every piece of software you need – now you truly have no limits.
Reflector 2 is a highly recommended way to do this.
What have you talked about today? Across platforms? With others? Live?
Give it a shot. I believe you’ll be pleased where the design process can go – and how fast.
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