Important for development of ideas, inspiration and concepts, storyboards traditionally have been stuck in the physical realm. They are mounted in design offices where a limited number of stakeholders can see and add to them with pushpins, pictures, swatches and notes. Also referred to in apparel, footwear and fashion companies as concept boards, mood boards or trend boards, a storyboard is a great way to start turning ideas into something tangible. But if storyboards are only used in the old-fashioned way, they do have their limitations.
Challenges with Physical Storyboards
If you are on a design or product development team, or if you are a sourcing professional or global apparel vendor, the following challenges of physical storyboards probably are all too familiar.
These are a few problems with traditional storyboards identified by WhichPLM, the online magazine and provider of fashion advisory services. The firm recently came out with a new Digital Storyboards Buyer’s Guide.
In 2018, use of digital storyboards is poised to take off, as more retailers and brands embrace new ways to streamline and speed traditional design, development and concept management processes. According to a recent survey by WhichPLM, storyboards are the number 1 priority for further development among PLM users.
Advantages of Digital Storyboards
Retail creative teams need new concept management tools that match the new way they want to work. That means being able to collaborate freely with internal and external teams. Digital storyboards can help teams communicate and share ideas as if they were in the same room. Some capabilities and qualities to look for in digital storyboarding solutions on the market today are:
• Easy printing
• Reusable templates from finished boards
• Ability to insert all sorts of assets, including vector artwork, raster images, videos
• Assets, once inserted, reside in a single library, ideally shared by the user’s PLM platform
• Mobile, cloud accessibility
• Compatibility with different screen sizes and web browsers
• Cost-effective, affordable subscription pricing
Advanced Technical Capabilities
A little further on the leading edge of technology, but also on the market now, are these digital storyboarding capabilities to look for:
• In-solution image editing for common tasks
• Ability to create and issue reference books and receive amended versions from suppliers
• Ability to import business intelligence elements to aid in decision-making
To learn more, download your free copy of WhichPLM’s Digital Storyboards Buyer’s Guide today. Let the transformation begin!