YES! Looks like 2020 will be the year of web based design tools!
Aha, in addition to the previous '18, '19 years. Since Sketch released basically - popcorn time for the designers =)
But Sketch isn't a web based tool ¯_(ツ)_/¯
The age of native Mac apps is truly over.
Honestly wouldn't even be shocked if Sketch released a beta for a web app in 2020
Actually I think they've already confirmed that they're working on it!
Did you notice the trend of getting into the collaboration field the Figma pioneered? It feels like everyone and his dog now offer real-time multi-user live collaboration. Hm, ok well... =)
That’s how things work. Multi-user still isn’t a must have feature imo.
For teams though... Sketch + Abstract was nice but it was killing the efficiency in my team. With Figma everything is super easy.
This. This is the big oversight by not just the other design tools but most designers themselves.
When you work alone you don't feel it but as soon as you start collaborating with other designers, content writers, PM, etc. The workflow goes to hell. I spent days researching this at Intuit because it was getting so bad and everyone just dealt with it.
With a multiuser, theres no need for complex versioning. 1 source of truth, always up to date, 1 tool for design, prototype, sharing and delivering.
My hope is with Framer X, for some teams, it will allow for more direct design+code collab, where what you design is very close to end product because it is code.
I have a large team. Other than the component library people aren’t touching each other’s files concurrently much (Like they would a google doc). A nice to have feature, sure.
Collaboration doesn’t mean someone being in the minute details of a working file. Shared forums for ideation and whiteboards and sketches seem like the right idea to involve others. Multi-user, I worry, actually risks diminishing the autonomy of a designer more than anything. An account mgr or product mgr being able to go in to the raw source file feels like a domain intrusion. Especially if a designer is in the synthesis process of design, which is inherently vulnerable.
Not everyone will be on each other files all the time. People will always have private files.