Hey Developers: Google Polymer = Prototyping Tool?

over 6 years ago from Noam Elbaz, UI Designer @ Glide

  • Clayton Farr, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    I'm just coming up to speed on Polymer now. It certainly looks like it could be great tool for prototyping, from the quick and simple to fairly sophisticated to extra sophisticated. (It looks like you can create a lot of application logic using its elements and/or extending them with services like 3rd party APIs.)

    Having a prototyping toolset based in components is also a brilliant fit for designing applications with a design system mindset.

    I imagine being able to draft and refine screens, application flows, and transition design that also yields a living design system resource that is tied to updates in the design as they occur.

    The WYSIWYG tool they now have available, 'Designer' (http://www.polymer-project.org/tools/designer/) makes all of this even more interesting. It's still a little rough around the edges but very promising, especially for prototyping. (A nice preview of some of the elegant and easy transition design features can be seen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKrYfrAzqFA&t=27m59s)

    You can also customize this tool to create a WYSIWYG prototyping / coding tool that is built specifically for your application as its design elements (components and related styles) come into form. E.g. You've made an app that you - and others - can easily design and evolve your app in.

    It looks like SalesForce did just that - A quick summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67FjSemJ7uQ; More of the why and how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN7IAaRdi_k#t=7190

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