Overall Satisfaction with Zeplin
We use Zeplin to share design assets with developers. It is used across the organization. We use this to reduce the communication gap between the teams, specially design and developers. This also lets you get feedback from other stakeholders by sharing the board with them and they can comment there. Before Zeplin, designers had to create PDFs with design specs and then share the design assets separately in a drive or email. If any asset was missing or if any clarification was needed, there was a long chain of emails, now it is very smooth and quick, happens on Zeplin and both the design and dev teams are happy. As a product manager, this has immensely helped me to get feedback, improve the process and make people accountable.
- Its integration with Sketch is great, it just completes everything. You create the design and in one click it is there on the Zeplin board.
- The notes and comments help to be more precise with questions and clarify on the Zeplin board itself.
- One of the best things I liked about Zeplin was its simplicity, anyone who doesn't even come from a design, tech or product background can understand the product in just a couple of minutes.
- Zeplin still is not on par with other tools like Figma, which help to transfer the code from design. It is the next step in machine learning.
- Zeplin doesn't have a prototyping feature, which will be great for developers to understand the motions and animations.
- Zeplin currently doesn't have version history, which would be good to have, since if a design is updated by the designer the developer could see what was updated.
- It increased the development time by helping in better collaboration between the design and dev teams.
- It helped the product team to share with the business or customer teams for feedback.
- It helped increase accountability, by putting things at a single place instead of emails.
Zeplin is simpler. Zeplin lacks prototyping on par with InVision. Zeplin doesn't give a direct code for Android and iOS like Figma does. Zeplin doesn't have a lot of advanced features like InVision, for example, whiteboard. But Zeplin is good for at its job which is to share the design specs with developers. For the money, I think it is worth the value.
It is a great tool if your design and development teams are separate. It is also great for freelancing or remote scenarios. The tool can be taken up by a company of any size, we have used it for 1000+ size companies with ease. I think, if you are using Sketch, then this is good to go. If you are using Figma, you can skip it.