Design Reviews using Abstract Collections, now with Night Mode

Abstract Collections allow you to organize, share, and present your design work.

Tim Van Damme
May 01, 2018

If you are already using Abstract to manage your design files, Collections are the best way to present the work for others. Collections make design reviews pain free. No more exporting and reformatting files to present to your stakeholders. No more collecting feedback via email or Slack. Collections allow you to organize artboards, share via a link, or present them live and gather feedback. Everything in a single location, resulting in a better, faster design review process.

Abstract Collections now has additional presenter options, including switching between day and night mode, giving you more versatility when presenting your design work.

To prepare for your next design review, give Collections and night mode a try.

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Using Collections for Design Reviews

Collections live within an Abstract Branch, a working copy of your design file, right next to the Files menu option. There is no limit to the number of Collections you create so give them a quick try. To get started:

1. Create a New Collection

In your current Branch, select the Collections menu. Next, click the “Create Collection” button. Give your Collection a name and add a description.

Create a New Collection

2. Add artboards to your Collection

To add artboards to a Collection, navigate to the Sketch file containingthe artboards you want. Next, right-click each artboard you wish to add and select “Add Artboard to Collection…”

Add artboards to your Collection

3. Arrange your Artboards and Publish your Collection

Once you have added all the artboards to your Collection, you can drag and drop them into the desired order. Then click the Publish button in the left hand corner, which allows you to share the collection with collaborators.

Arrange your Artboards and Publish your Collection

4. Lock or Auto-update Artboards

By default, artboards or layers added to a Collection will auto-update as users make commits to the source files. You can also disable auto-updating, pinning the artboard to a specific version.

Lock or Auto-update Artboards

5. Present your Collection

Once you are ready to present your Collection, click the Present button in the top right hand corner. Presentation mode hides the Abstract interface and allows you and the viewers to focus on the design work.

Present your Collection

6. Activate Night Mode

If you want your designs to stand out even more, you can activate night mode. Once in presentation mode you will see a small moon icon in the top right corner. Click the moon, and voilá, night mode!

Activate Night Mode

7. Collect Feedback

Abstract makes it easy to collect feedback via comments and annotations, either during a design review or asynchronously. Click the comment icon in the lower right corner and add feedback. Comments and annotations live with the artboard. So you will always have the full history of feedback with the changes.

Collect Feedback


Go ahead and create a collection today to start showing off your amazing work! As always we would love to hear how your team is using collections and how we can make your design review process even better.

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