Hi, I'm hoping you can share some ideas with me! I'm making web based games with Pixi.js and I'm having a bit of a hard time working with the graphics design team (this is not a developers vs designers issue!). I'm trying to find the best workflow that might help us both do our jobs faster, but I can't seem to find the right tool for it!
The designers sketch and build the app in Photoshop, and I work in Typescript with Pixi. So... what we've tried so far was: they sketch up in PS and then generate all assets with TexturePacker, leaving me with a json file which I can easily import into my game. The downside of this is that I have to position every asset and create every container manually (or rather using a config file, but still that's kinda manual work).
Our second attempt was that they sketch up in PS, then export that to Adobe Animate, and using the PixiAnimate plugin, they then create the files for me to use. This has improved our workflow, because I don't need to position anything nor create the containers, but there are still some flaws as they are not able to test interactive elements (they can't see how a button actually reacts unless I implement it), and I would love to not depend on Animate which seems fairly deprecated nowadays, and on an external plugin which is out of our control.
Plus, designers (at least ours) do not think as programmers, and they don't make variable names easy for us. PixiAnimate creates objects using the instance name they put on Animate, but they don't follow any guidelines. If they have four items of the same group, they call them "item_1", "item2", "this_is_the_third_item", and "last_one". If there's a tool that can validate this prior to exporting (setting some kind of rules, like prefixes for elements), that would be awesome.
So yeah, I'm asking for a magical tool. I know it doesn't exists, and I know some adjustments are necessary on both sides, but I'd love to hear from you guys, how do you work with your graphics team, what do they use and how do they deliver the assets to you!