From the looks of it, October is shaping up to be one of the most important months for the web design industry in recent history. This blog post sets the lay of the land for the next month. Get excited, DN.
The web design industry
Good point. Edited my original comment.
Thanks! Don't mean to be pedantic just wanted inclusivity :)
Web? What about the mobile design industry? Web is so 2008.
The rise of the smaller tools is wonderful, but I can't see Adobe sitting on their golden throne being all that concerned. They must still ship in vast numbers at huge profit, too huge to be worried that a few specialist designers are migrating to newer tools.
I don't expect Adobe to change anything all that much - heck, their greatest change in the last 10 years has been their pricing model. And that says it all.
However, the constant improvements in Sketch, the ton of betas from Serif are a total joy and give me genuine hope that we're entering an age where we have a genuine choice.
Adobe will just buy whatever they want/need.
I guess I'm just jaded at this point. I don't expect anything earth shattering to happen next month. I don't expect anything new that will change my workflow. Obviously you can't talk about the new LayerVault stuff, but any speculation on what Adobe and others might be brining to the table that is going to transform our work/workflow?
I completely agree - I can't really see what this article is getting at. It seems like it's talking about the present, talking about applications we have now - rather than the future except for that something might come from Adobe (and LayerVault?)
The post is really to express our excitement for this month.
Web design has been maturing. App design is integrating physics & animation and experimenting (sometimes badly) with interaction design. Smaller, ambitious companies are trying to address these changes and starting to make headways in the marketplace. Sketch 3.1 was updated yesterday. Affinity Designer will be released tomorrow.
But what about our long-standing tools from the established players? Are they stagnating? Not too long ago it looked like Adobe was poised to take over the web, but look at their product announcements over the last few years: A lot of focus on consumer mobile apps & some nice (but relatively niche) hardware.
Have these smaller ambitious companies had any effect on our long established players in the market? No clue, but Adobe Max would be a great place for a big announcement. Fingers crossed.
All of these are fair observations. Just not sure why October is getting the hype credit ;)
Will Adobe announce at Adobe Max in LA that they'll acquire Layervault?
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I get easily excited.
I am excited.
These "evolutions" are always happening. Usually we have 1 or 2 big players that rule the market and there are several small ones trying to be different. It's not a "design industry" thing, it's just the natural market way.
As other said, i don't see any of these solutions being earth shattering, but they are really good solutions.
I work with Sketch and Photoshop ... both are good... but different.
As for prototyping ... the tools in the articles are very welcomed indeed ... but all i see its mobile tools. The mobile market is a really "big world" but the desktop world needs these tools too ...
As for illustration tools, it's good to see some apps going after Illustrator.
The thing is, these tools will be used by some of us "rebels" ... :)