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How are your teams dealing with lack of integration between your tools?

7 days ago from , UX/UI Designer

I work in a digital transformation team for a bank, and we are struggling to improve our workflow because some tools work great for a specific task but can't be connected to others we use.

  • Figma works great for us on UI and collaboration between designers but it can't deliver what we need for a design system for our developers (we need live previews of the behavior and code, not only the look and feel of the components) and more powerful prototypes with our components.

  • Because React is so popular right now, new promising tools work with it instead of Angular, that is what we use. Switching would be painful.

  • Going back to Sketch, is a step back for us because it lacks the level of collaboration, cross platform and speed of Figma, but the community around it is very rich and most design systems and prototype tools work very well with Sketch.

So, what you guys do to improve your workflows in this kind of scenarios? Custom solutions, change of tools or workflows?

2 comments

  • Timo Nagel, 6 days ago

    Hi Josue,

    so we are a Sketch + Angular + SAPUI5 + ReactNative company as of now. We are looking into Figma, Adobe XD and all the others. But for now we are sticking with Figma.

    For collaboration and versioning we introduced Abstract a couple of weeks ago which supports our workflows really nice.

    For prototypes and communication we use InVision. For the design specs we also use Abstract.

    For the communication with more than just design specs we use Confluence / Jira. Although thats also the point where we are not 100% happy with.

    We are also looking into InVisions DSM and tools like Storybook, AirBnB Lona, SwankyDocs and things like that. Our goal is to automate the process and documentation for already developed components while also bringing in design documentation.

    As of now and with all the history we are not ready to move to a tool like FramerX for example. Better more automated / synced documentation tools are what we are looking for.

    Custom solutions always seem nice but we experienced that they get too less attention over time.

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    • , 1 day ago

      I think we will try SwankyDocs, we have our design system in Figma, but I talked with our developers last friday about this new tools you wrote here. The will try them out so we can talk about how they can fit in our workflow.

      Thanks for sharing your experience!

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