AMA: Christopher Downer, Designer at Sketch

almost 8 years ago from Christopher Downer, Designin’ Sketch

  • Will ThomasWill Thomas, almost 8 years ago

    Hey Chris,

    Something I've been thinking about a lot lately is maintaining focus on the products I'm working on. The reason I switched from Photoshop to Sketch after all was because it's so much more focused.

    You must get tons of feature requests at Bohemian, how do you maintain focus and judge what is within the remit of what you want to make? Does the team have a definition for what Sketch is, and if so, is it challenging to remain within that definition?

    2 points
    • Christopher Downer, almost 8 years ago

      We get loads, and we’re thankful for everyone we get. We’ve got a roadmap in mind, but a lot of it is defined by what our community wants. If everybody is singing the same song, we’ll notice and whatever that may be, will go higher up on our roadmap.

      Of course, a lot of people want to pull Sketch in their own direction, and really want it to be the perfect tool for them, but we’ve got to keep level-headed. If we implemented every request we got, we would have one bloated tool. The very thing we don’t want. Also, it’s easier to not add features to begin with, than it is to remove them later on, which we always want to avoid.

      We don’t want Sketch to do everything, and we’re okay with that. Especially when there may already be other apps out there doing that one thing specifically, and they’re doing it really well. But if we can make the whole design process simpler, then we’re all for that.

      2 points