Thanks for posting Josh :)
René is accompanied by an essay that might help y'all understand wtf I'm trying to do here: www.jon.gold/2016/06/declarative-design-tools , I'll hang out if anyone has any questions :)
I'm intrigued but I'm finding it difficult to nail down what this will do before giving you my email address.
The blog post is intriguing too but it really takes its time getting to the point. Had to scroll 75% of the way down before you tell me what it does.
To me, a simple one-liner like "Rene automatically generates permutations of your designs so you can decide which is the best" is missing on the landing page The videos in the blog post quickly explain the concept as well. A 30 sec mashup of a user creating permutations of text, buttons, layouts etc could be really effective on your landing page.
Once I figured out what it does, I like where its headed. Conceptually very ambitious which is cool. I could see this being a sketch plugin. I would set up a few crucial UI elements and run them through color, font, and text spacing presets when deciding on aesthetic direction for a product. That's my use case, at least.
Good call, thanks - that modal was like a 10 minute thing that I did right before posting; I'll update the copy and the video today :)
It's pretty easy to delete the modal (sorry Jon!) with the inspector and play around with it a little bit.
I've seen a lot of comments about your "long form writing", especially in regards to this tool. I've really enjoyed your writing and it's a delight to sit down, settle in and read something of real substance. Lots of long articles on Medium but that's mostly advertorial, beating on a dead horse or otherwise simply long form Twitter.
It depends what the point of the article was. If it was just to unveil this tool, then yes, it should have been shorter and more direct. But if it's a deeper, inquisitive look into a subject accompanied by a proposed solution, then the current essay/research paper-y format is perfect. I think it's a little dismissive and sad that so many just want to scroll quickly and get the reward without anything else. The poster above would likely not read the rest of the article even if the product announcement was made in the intro...:(
Keep doing what you're doing.
Not everyone wants the backstory. I certainly didn't need it to understand what the tool does or what the overarching concept is/promises to be.
Backstory is fine but it should always be optional, never required. The general concept should be clear before launching into exposition regardless.
Good think Jesus invented scroll wheels!
Email address submission doesn't close the modal
[Error] Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 401 (Unauthorized) (local, line 0)
Noooo - what browser? Heard reports of issues in Safari that I'm trying to figure out - sorry about that!
Same happened for me Safari 9.1.1 (11601.6.17). Had to delete the node through the development tools to get to the interface.
That was super weird - was on vacation this weekend, just fixed - sorry for the hiccup!