I have always been a firm believer in personal design projects. What I mean by this is setting yourself design related projects to do that otherwise you may not get to experience in your normal design work. One of the things I like to do is create character designs and I have been brainstorming with a friend to develop ideas that I have. It was through this that I discovered a great feature in Skype. I have been using Skype for a few years now and use it to chat to friends and clients, but what you can also do now is share your screen (or part of it) – not just a screen shot but a live version of your screen.
You can start sharing your screen once you start voice or text chat with one of your contacts, see below:
How it could work for your design clients
You could talk through design projects with a client. Instead of just sending through a PDF this gives you the ability to point with your mouse at various design elements or even alter things live on screen while talking with your design clients. Of course if the client has a pdf of the design they can also then show it on their screen and point to things they want to change. This could be especially useful when working with non local clients.
How this could be useful for working with other designers
The share screen feature allows you to show your designer friends/colleagues your projects to get feedback instantly. You can also use it to show someone live how to do something – a mini live tutorial. For example my friend had never used Cyberduck so I showed her how to set it up and she followed what I was doing on screen.