John Sherwin

Product Designer Joined about 3 years ago

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  • Posted to Design tools are missing the point, in reply to Riho Kroll , Dec 12, 2017

    Basically anything more complex than simple animations or linear flows these tools fall flat on their face IMO. If you needed fine grained control over a drag and drop interaction with conditional logic and a couple of states theres no way to achieve it, definitely not in a robust enough way to hand a prototype to someone in user testing for example. Also, not being able to design with device API's, forms, user input, camera access etc. means you're constrained to drawing pictures of an experience, when with a little bit of code we can just actually design the thing, exactly as we intend it to be built. What happens when you throw AI, VR, AR etc. into the mix?

    1 point
  • Posted to Framer — Better screen design awaits, in reply to Eric Weir , Dec 12, 2017

    The key differentiator for me is that you'll never hit a ceiling in Framer. If you have an idea you can design it without relying solely on the tools features. With lower barrier to entry tools you'll always come across stuff you can't design, whereas when you use code the only limitation is yourself. =)

    0 points
  • Posted to Design tools are missing the point, in reply to Marc Edwards , Dec 12, 2017

    I agree with this but would also say code helps overcome a lot of the creative 'ceilings' you hit in Sketch, Photoshop, InVision, Principle etc. What I hate about these tools, or any design tool for that matter is that we're at the mercy of some company and their roadmap. No amount of manual control over animations or transitions will ever be enough if designers remain dependant on a tools UI. I've lost count of the amount of times I came up with an idea I couldn't design because the tools I was using simple didn't have the features I needed. Eventually I gave in and learned to code and I've never looked back. Framer is my tool of choice because I can express my ideas freely and quickly in code without worrying about writing performant, production quality code. Plus, my main deliverables now are not rows of static mockups, they're realistic prototypes, which I've found go a lot further in helping to sell ideas to devs and stakeholders. I think code is the best tool designers aren't using. Just my 2c. =)

    2 points
  • Posted to Framer — Better screen design awaits, in reply to Benjamin den Boer , Dec 06, 2017

    I already do most of my design work in Framer. Each new addition like this just means I use tools like Sketch less and less. Fantastic job Framer!

    3 points
  • Posted to Finch v1.0 – pixel pushing made easy, Nov 29, 2017

    Absolutely stupid and tasteless tagline.

    5 points
  • Posted to Portfolio of Edwin de Jongh, Nov 20, 2017

    That is one cool site!

    0 points
  • Posted to Best Design Tool for Prototypes + Responsive Design, Nov 20, 2017

    Highly recommend taking a look at Framer. Learning curve is a little higher than most tools but if you're looking to build design and prototypes that scale across devices seamlessly, it's got you covered. Also can be used for web stuff too.

    3 points
  • Posted to Alternatives to DN, Nov 17, 2017

    Unfortunately, regardless of industry, where there are large communities of people there will always be a small few that act like total morons, giving the rest a bad name and making some feel like they want to leave. Thats not the design industry or even DN, it's just the way the world is. 99% of the people on here have only good intentions and it's best to try to ignore the ones that don't as hard as that may be sometimes.

    5 points
  • Posted to Intro to Framer: Design and code animations with Framer, Nov 09, 2017

    Hi All! We released this tutorial today as a pre-cursor to a longer more detailed chapter on Framer. We're passionate about teaching designers to code and recognize it can be difficult for absolute beginners to grasp. I began using Framer a little over a year ago and can't believe how much I've learned and created because of this tool. It made me think about interactive design in a whole new way and if you stick with it I know it will for you too! I hope you enjoy the tutorial. If you ever need help with Framer theres an amazing community on FB and on Slack here https://framer-slack-signup.herokuapp.com/. I'm also always happy to help folks so feel free to ping me if you have any questions.

    4 points
  • Posted to Introducing Voyage, a free travel-themed UI Kit by Framer, in reply to Jrtorrents Dorman , Oct 04, 2017

    Most of Framers marketing is mobile focused, a little to heavily IMO. I honestly think it under sells its brilliance as a tool for web based product design. Recently, I've been working on more web products than mobile, and its been a breath of fresh air being able to design and prototype in the same tool.

    1 point
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