GitHub and Git for Designers: What You Need to Know

Amy Gori Headshot By Amy Gori ● April 26, 2021
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Design­ers and devel­op­ers are work­ing more close­ly togeth­er, rec­og­niz­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ties and strengths of col­lab­o­ra­tion between dif­fer­ent­ly skilled tech roles and mak­ing the impor­tance of the knowl­edge of Git for design­ers even more crucial.
Con­sis­tent team­work is becom­ing more fre­quent, and roles may over­lap with one anoth­er, mak­ing the abil­i­ty to work togeth­er essen­tial. A diverse team needs to find a com­mon ground, as dif­fer­ent exper­tise lev­els can cause a vari­ety of issues and obsta­cles. Using Git and GitHub has been high­light­ed as one great way of find­ing this com­mon ground, help­ing make team mem­ber rela­tion­ships more effec­tive, espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing the rela­tion­ship between design­ers and devel­op­ers, who may not have always under­stood things in the same perspective. 

Git is a ver­sion con­trol sys­tem, which enables team mem­bers to change code with­out caus­ing a project to fall apart if acci­den­tal errors are made at any giv­en work stage — at every stage, code can be saved to devel­op a sort of time­line of the project his­to­ry. As code repos­i­to­ry changes are tracked, mishaps can be undone or rolled back, mak­ing code writ­ing safer by enabling team mem­bers to work on new fea­tures and col­lab­o­rate with­out the fear that live code will be ruined. For exam­ple, a design­er may use their under­stand­ing of CSS to make some small changes with­out fear of neg­a­tive­ly impact­ing the project on the developer’s side.

GitHub was cre­at­ed to alle­vi­ate the dif­fi­cul­ty of hav­ing to install Git on the serv­er and self-man­age it. There are a few key prac­tices to under­stand if you are a design­er just get­ting start­ed with Git. For exam­ple, it’s impor­tant to know how to add your work to the project by com­mit­ting changes in Git. Git does not auto­mat­i­cal­ly save any changes you make, instead allow­ing you to inten­tion­al­ly com­mit changes to keep a record of work at var­i­ous stages. A mes­sage is includ­ed with each com­mit that briefly describes the changes. This enables teams to keep work well orga­nized and under­stand the project’s progress over time more clearly. 

Git for design­ers also pro­vides less com­mon­ly appre­ci­at­ed ben­e­fits. For exam­ple, you can use GitHub for image file ver­sion­ing, cre­at­ing CSS libraries and style guides, and stor­ing oth­er files such as Sketch or PDFs through project boards. This makes project man­age­ment smoother, keep­ing devel­op­ers and design­ers in sync, ensur­ing all project mate­ri­als stay together.

Knowl­edge of GitHub and Git helps make col­lab­o­ra­tion a much more stream­lined and smooth expe­ri­ence for teams, espe­cial­ly as team mem­bers become increas­ing­ly famil­iar with the pow­er­ful tools it pro­vides. As a design­er, your basic under­stand­ing of how to use Git and GitHub will help improve the effi­cien­cy of prod­uct deliv­ery on your teams.

If you are a design­er just start­ing to use Git, join Momentum’s four-hour vir­tu­al train­ing on May 26th to learn how to use these tools effec­tive­ly and become a more con­fi­dent and pro­duc­tive team mem­ber. Reg­is­ter now to quick­ly lev­el up your skills and boost your con­fi­dence work­ing with Git.

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