December 28, 2012

Notism – Discuss Designs With Your Team

Certain topics lend themselves to virtual discussions. Quantifiable data, for example, can easily be discussed, even among people who aren’t sitting in the same room because they’re on conference calls or video chats. Presenting visual content to someone who can’t see the images being discussed, however, is somewhat more of a challenge. Notism is a tool that aims to solve this problem, but creating a way for professionals to interact with others and gather feedback on their visual designs.

Once you have an account with Notism, you can drag and drop your designs directly into the app. Begin adding “hotspots” to each image you upload, and invite colleagues, clients, and team members to view or edit the work you’ve put up. The hotspots you’ve added provide guidance to the people viewing your content, and let them know exactly which areas you have questions on. You can also add “feedback notes” to your image, as a way to gather specific advice from selected colleagues. Categorizing these notes (for example: design, development, usability, or wording) makes it easy to keep the information you collect organized as your project continues to progress and as you create new iterations of your work.

Notism understands that some people work better with words than images, which is why the application can be set up in Design or List mode. When you use Notism in List mode, the application looks similar to a basic project management system and collaboration app. Colleagues can leave comments for each other and mark projects as “complete” or “approved” when they’re done.

Practical Uses:

  • Get ideas from colleagues on how to improve your design
  • Collect feedback from clients on what changes they would like to see in the logo you’re creating
  • Upload wireframes and solicit critiques on how they can be improved
  • Get approval from a client before considering your job complete

Insider Tips:

  • Users can upload JPG, GIF, or PNG files
  • Notism can be viewed in Design mode or List mode
  • Project creators can mark colleagues as “reviewers” or “editors”
  • Edit your own workspace by changing the background image or colors

What we liked:

  • People can add notes to specific spots on an image
  • Not every person who can view a project can necessarily make edits to it
  • Notism is just as useful for writers as it is for designers
  • The hotspots that people add can be linked to other screens or websites

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: July 2012
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Hamburg, Germany
  • Founded by: Hannes Hoess
  • Web site:


  • Free in beta

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