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5.1 What is developer handoff?

We’ve put in the work, and now it’s time to turn pixels into code! In this lesson, you’ll learn what developer handoff is, its challenges and how to make it successful.

Key learnings

  • Make sure your developers have everything they need: wireframes, mockups, style guides, and documentation!

  • Handoff is all about building a shared language. Try to distill the foundations and patterns of your design into cohesive rules that devs can turn into code.

  • There’s no need for the Mac app or any third-party plugins to hand off your designs. Simply invite developers as Viewers to your Workspace for free and start the conversation!


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Joseph Todaro

Head of Video at Sketch

Joseph is our Head of Video at Sketch. He brings over a decade of product, design, and education experience. Before joining Sketch, he was a Senior Product Designer at InVision and was also responsible for the design education courses for InVision Studio and DSM.

While designing in-flight entertainment software at Fuse IFX, he migrated his team to Sketch – a tool that would go on to change the way he works. Eventually, he founded as a side project to share his knowledge and passion for the tool.

Joseph currently teaches UI and UX design at the Laguna College of Art and Design. He continues to share resources with the design community through projects like,, and

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