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Case Study: Sketch helps designers and developers in a Fortune 500 design chapter stay in sync

“We have so many developers, so we really appreciate the ability to inspect designs for free”

For one Fortune 500 insurance provider, the primary goal is to offer its members an easier, more personalized healthcare experience. And that responsibility starts with the design team, who create apps and experiences that help thousands of customers every day.

“In our chapter we have a large core group of digital designers,” says Lee Wells, manager of Visual Design & Digital Standards. ”That group includes more than 30 visual and interaction designers. Then we have probably more than 40 designers in other areas of the company.” With such a large number of designers spread across different teams, having consistency is essential.

One home for all the team’s work

With a Sketch Workspace, the team has a home for all their work, and a central Library that makes it easy to share common design patterns and Components with everyone who needs them. “The ability for designers to quickly drag and drop on-brand, on-design, and accessible elements certainly saves a lot of time and cost,” says Lee.

The ability for designers to quickly drag and drop on-brand, on-design, and accessible elements certainly saves a lot of time and cost.

Of course, with so many people on the team, it’s also important for the team to stay on top of who can see what. “It’s great that we can keep our Library updated — and locked down — from one source of truth,” Lee explains. Plus, because they can manage sharing permissions through the Sketch web app, they can even invite third-party agencies, and always stay in control of who has access to what.

All the tools they need at one price

“One of the reasons we went with a Sketch Workspace was that everything was integrated out of the box,” Lee continues. “Before, we were using other software on the web to store and share designs.” Now, with powerful built-in tools for version control, collaborative editing and document storage, Sketch has everything the design chapter needs. So the company doesn’t need to pay extra for those other third-party tools.

We really appreciate the ability to inspect designs for free — without developers needing a subscription or license.

And for the wider team, Sketch’s browser-based developer handoff tools have been another standout feature. “We really appreciate the ability to inspect designs for free — without developers needing a subscription or license,” explains Lee. All of the chapter’s developers need to inspect designs and download assets is an invite to the Workspace. “We have so many developers that there’s no way we would pay for every one. But now it’s easy [for them] to access and inspect designs.”