Blocs 3 - New Visual Web Design Tool

over 2 years ago from Norm Sheeran, Designer and Developer

  • Mike BusbyMike Busby, over 2 years ago

    Given how easy it is to build marketing page layouts in HTML & CSS now a days I'm surprised we're seeing so many of these tools. May as well just learn how to code them by hand.

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    • Mikael StaerMikael Staer, over 2 years ago

      It's only easy for people who know. There are MANY people out there, really, the majority of people, who do not know how to code, and do not have the time or need to learn. Many small business owners, hobbyists, etc who need to get something up quickly but require customization.

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      • Mike BusbyMike Busby, over 2 years ago

        Of course its only easy for people who know, like everything in the world. My point is that it isn't hard to learn anymore, with flexbox and CSS grid you can build these layouts so quickly.

        You still need to have the time to learn how these tools work. May as well spend that learning to code it.

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        • Mikael StaerMikael Staer, over 2 years ago

          Those things make achieving the layouts you want easier, for sure. But code is intimidating for many people and is a very different mental model. A visual editor works for a lot people because you are directly manipulating the thing vs this complete abstraction in a text editor.

          A tool like this isn't really for the designer/devs of the world.

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        • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, over 2 years ago

          "...with flexbox and CSS grid you can build these layouts so quickly."

          You can also watch as people flock to other sites because they might not be on the most current browsers that support CSS Grid and flex to its fullest.

          Also, even though these make some complex layouts much simpler to create, they are neither easy to develop with and both have relatively steep learning curves.

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