For the love of Figma(medium.com)

over 1 year ago from Sander Smeekes, Designer at Incentro

  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 1 year ago

    Until design tools have a box-model concept they are going to be fundamentally underpowered compared to HTML and CSS.

    I love Figma, but I see it getting outpaced by a tool built on web technologies in the next couple of years.

    The problem is a lot of the design tools going that direction are all working on trying to make production-ready code which I think is skipping too many steps.

    6 points
    • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 1 year ago

      Not all interface design is web design.

      6 points
      • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 1 year ago

        The point is not to exactly emulate the web, the point is to have basic features like wrappers resizing based on content, and if you happen to be designing for the web you also get features that bring it closer to that medium.

        Designing with HTML and CSS will get you a more complete set of design tools for native app design than any of the existing drawing tools give you. I sometimes design for native apps with HTML and CSS written by hand because of the limitations of tools like Figma and Sketch.

        You get all the freedom of those drawing tools (position: fixed or position: absolute let you place an item essentially anywhere) while also having all the benefits of a box-model that brings you closer to the actual experience of web AND native.

        3 points