Naming things are important, this is how I do it. I adopted this from @Mark Bult and @Caroline Wiryadinata back from Fitbit days, it has worked fantastic so far.
Could be cool to see rebounds, I'm always interested in other people's flows.
6 months ago
I use a very similar convention system but normally toss in some _ for readability sake
So_you_read_this_better_than_ just normal spacing? Or are you on a PC?
No spacing its like Contact_Mobile_1a.psd
It seems redundant, but I put the project name in all of my file names-- mostly because I use Windows 8 (GASP!), and it makes Jumplists easier to scan for my file. I also don't like using letters for iterations. It doesn't happen often, but I have seen iterations for a single direction go beyond 26, and then it gets confusing; do you go for aa, bb, cc; or aa, ab, ac?
So mine usually end up being something along the lines of
edit: I also never leave spaces in file names. I work off of a server, and I often have to link files to my CD. Spaces are the bane of links in emails.
I just do adkljfslkdjfalkjd... Is that not a good idea?
Just kidding, this is a nice way of doing things. I'll learn from it.
Yup naming the same way. Also using underscores.
Only difference is I'm always placing platform ("mob") in front because it's easier to sort and eyescan all the mobile files vs desktop ones in a really big filelist. That way they don't get all mixed up.
I actually do the same thing, which made taking your place in my Fitbit days pretty easy :) The only addition I make to that, because I need to share folders with devs nowadays, is to put previous versions of files in a PSD/-OLD folder. This way, the most recent version is always unmistakable. @Kerem Suer
Hi! @Kerem Suer I'm doing about the same, but slightly different. Illustrator helps to automatically build names, so actually I write only version and iterate of artboards. A platform (like mobile) is usually done in a separate folder in the same way.
6 months ago
I believe - and _ come from web (etc.) where space delimiting isn't valid. i.e. it can be problematic to have spaces in asset names. I personally use - as it's easier for editing.
I change it up depending on the project, though similar to what you use.
For instance : project-name-platform-version.ext
Goes to: google-contact-web-v1.1.psd
I find numbers to work better (than letters) for versioning. I also typically prepend with the project name which makes it easier for searching via spotlight / alfred etc.
Don't forgot the space for adding multiple FINAL FINAL's on the end - Logo FINAL FINAL.ai
I use the number at the start to create an order for the flow.
Good for previewing screens in order from a folder on Dropbox.
I dump old concepts, iterations and experiments in other folders and keep all the most up to date files ordered in the DropBox folder.
Interesting and nicely done.
I use this convention for 4 years:
the iteration number start at '01'
I usually name them according to my lunch - makes it easier to remember for me ;)
Nope - I work much with folders and then use a slightly different order, putting the direction in first place (since I put all files of one type of a project in one folder).
PN - abbreviation for Projectname
Keyword - describes the main characteristics of the direction I´ve chosen.
My personal preference is:
Which turns into:
Keeps versioning and deliverables dates aligned.
What a great idea!! I should give something like this to my clients and make them understand my file naming system.... I usually name mine just like @Matt Welch...and a big fan of the "Underscore".Great design @Kerem Suer!!!
I don't always use naming conventions, but when I do, I name all files "final".
You can see my folder structure and naming here: http://d.pr/i/thB5
Generally I'm a nazi about folder/file naming and structure, inside PSDs too.
I throw in a date, makes it easier to find when correlating from an old email.
I like to go with final_final2_checkout_final.psd
Awesome, I need to rethink my naming guide.
5 months ago
I pretty much do the same thing now, ever since you first showed me this.
Nice topic and helpful. I use the same thing with underscores! Thanks!
I make big layers groups personaly (the whole design is included in only one psd). So, my file names only look that way : 1.psd, 1-2.psd, 2.psd, 2.2.psd, 2.2.2.psd etc.
Far easier to read and maintain.
Very nice, we need Github for designers!
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