Introducing Framer Playground(framer.com)

over 3 years ago from David Barker

  • Eric Chu, over 3 years ago

    I feel Framer has fallen off the radar. Do any of you use Framer X?

    3 points
    • Hayden Dobson, over 3 years ago

      I'm curious to understand what you mean? What are you measuring this against? Have you seen the latest seven Framer session videos?

      1 point
      • Eric Chu, over 3 years ago

        "Buzz" from the community. I feel there was much more before Framer X came out.

        Everything they're making is slick and well polished; the latest Playground video looks beautiful, their Framer Sessions are in depth, but who around here is actually using Framer X?

        I'm genuinely curious because I love Framer and used it extensively before they went down the React path.

        3 points
        • Dexter W, over 3 years ago

          Framer X was really popular until everyone found out how painfully hard it was to use. It was easier to learn real React than how to get React to work in Framer X. But I do expect Playgrounds to be a huge overhaul.

          0 points
    • Matt C, over 3 years ago

      They've always marketed themselves as a mobile design solution which honestly just isn't that interesting. Peeking at it now after a year or so I see they're doing more than that, but they've really hindered themselves with their terribly boring marketing.

      1 point
      • joe andersonjoe anderson, over 3 years ago

        Curious what you feel is terrible/boring about their marketing?

        3 points
      • Jrtorrents Dorman , over 3 years ago

        I agree with you ! They seem to forget that not ever designer works on mobile.

        1 point
      • Justin Fraga, over 3 years ago

        I'm doubly confused-- why do you think Framer was geared towards mobile? React is not very relevant to mobile at all (React Native ≠ React), and if Framer X is going to be a game changer for anyone, it's web designers who work on a team that uses React in their tech stack.

        1 point
        • Matt C, over 3 years ago

          Google "Framer x" ... 90% of the designs you see are mobile. Their entire thing has been mobile for like the past 3 years. Have you ever used Framer?

          0 points
    • Weston VierreggerWeston Vierregger, over 3 years ago

      My problem with Framer X is that I feel it lacks a true POV. As a design tool, it's reasonably featured and makes creating basic interfaces a breeze. I personally designed a multi-page website in Framer last winter, and it slowed down considerably with around a dozen content-rich full-page artboards BUT I did enjoy working in Framer for the most part (the "Graphic" workflow, to create an icon for instance, took some getting used to but was great conceptually once I got it... similarly the "Stacks" are INSANELY powerful when designing UI, and I like Framer's approach here better than Anima's stacks in Sketch, personally)

      However, on the prototyping side, it's also only "reasonably" suited for the task. The code-driven workflow here, to me, was actually a step back from the original Framer Studio -- which I felt was actually a more straight-forward product.

      As it is now, I'd prefer Framer X did one of these VERY well rather than do both of these "good". If anyone remembers Pixate, I would much prefer prototyping and motion control tools like that amazing product featured. On the flip side, if Framer X were more like Framer Studio on steroids -- e.g. fully fledged design-centric React IDE that relied used a Sketch file as input -- then it'd also have a welcome place in my workflow.

      As it is now, I feel like the Framer's code persona too obtuse and it's design persona too limited.

      1 point