How to archive projects as a designer


I’m a bit of a packrat. I have cards and drawings I made and received as a kiddo (I’m almost over the hill!), so it makes sense that I also care about archiving copies of my design and development work.

I still access files, photos, and designs I made twenty years ago. I have many long-term clients, and I occasionally rely on accessing their files from years ago, and I often find clients rely on me to dig out old materials.

Accessing old files requires organization. I find archiving projects effectively crucial when wrapping up a design project. In this context, archiving can mean saving editable files and successfully displaying/viewing project files. Below are a few tips and how-tos for archiving design projects.

How do I archive an Adobe Premiere video project?

Great question. I use the Project Manager tool. Read about my entire video archive process in the post “HOW TO SAVE AN ADOBE PREMIERE PROJECT TO A MOVABLE FOLDER.”

How do I archive or save a view-only copy of a website, especially if it exists on a CMS like Squarespace, Wix, or another builder?

That is another excellent question. I use a web scraper to grab a static copy of websites I’m just starting to work on so I can save a “before redesign” copy and an “after redesign” copy. I explain the tools I use to do this in the post, “HOW TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF A WEBSITE.”

Happy Productivity!

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Kelly Barkhurst

Designer to Fullstack is my place to geek out and share tech solutions from my day-to-day as a graphic designer, programmer, and business owner (portfolio). I also write on Arts and Bricks, a parenting blog and decal shop that embraces my family’s love of Art and LEGO bricks!

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