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Seems like this as a good place as any to pile on
criticism rants feedback about Invision.
I too am in the process of moving my whole team off of Invision as our platform for sharing prototypes etc. 3 years ago it was the go-to, everything was working smoothly and the "quirks" I figured would be ironed out as the product matured. (Example quirk: when setting up a link in the web app you can search by screen name in the dropdown...unless you are adding the link as an overlay. Then you have to scroll in a seemingly randomly ordered list of 300+ screens. I reported this over 2 years ago and got a jolly "We're aware of this issue and we're keeping it in mind for v7").
The last year has been a horrible experience full of regret that we adopted Invision so heavily. I'm constantly getting seeing people struggling with syncing/craft updates/performance/downtime/speed and downright confusion, especially for clients. (add in some aggressive sales tactics/lack of transparency about direction/constant content marketing and you've got a real tire fire).
Our shop is not, it seems, the intended audience of Studio. We do not use animation at all in our prototypes, and most of our work is desktop enterprise software. I have no use for the kinds of app screen animation-transitions that seem to be the selling point of Studio. This isn't a problem, I don't think all products need to be geared towards my use case at all. However, Studio is being pushed as a All-in-one screen design tool and a replacement for the web-app we use today.
Reading what I'm writing here, it seems I'm just salty that I thought they were building a simple product that suited my work perfectly, only to see the company go in a different direction while still (somewhat) leading us on with the launch of v7 of the core product. I am embarrassed that I helped to convert team members to the tool previously, and I don't think I'd ever be able to adopt anything from Invision again.
Unfortunately, there is no other alternative I would recommend instead. Sketch's prototype solution is good enough for now, and once we get overlays then I'll be satisfied I think. XD can also do this now, so I think us in the 'boring' design space will need to stick to the core basics of these tools.
I guess that could be down to graphic design being generally more expressive. In my experience, a brief for a graphic design project has a much wider range of possible directions. Maybe the client wants to look "regal, underground, fierce, alive" or something that involves the potential for more subjective expression, or at least the possibility to go off in different directions. Whereas a product design brief is much more likely to be similar; "easy to use, intuitive, trustworthy" etc. I feel like there is much less chance to be expressive designing for product, so I guess that rubs off on the people doing that kind of work.
Personally I think it would be cool, as an example, to see some Carson/Ray Gun take on any of the homogeneous blank/shadowed/clean popular app UI's, but I can't imagine it ever aligning with the business goals driving product design right now. Maybe once the market saturates fully they'll be some divergence as products try to stand out, but I'm not sure that'll happen in a visual way.
Yeah, I understood that it was a joke. I was just being honest about how I reacted to it, I thought that in itself was interesting and wondered how others felt. I would have much rather reacted another way, and that’s for me to work on.
But please don’t misunderstand me, I don’t think this kind of thing should be censored/taken down etc.
Hey, thanks for the kind comments. I agree with you, and I think some of feeling that pang of hurt/shame/embarrassment is just part of being a designer, which is sort of a unique occupation wherein we “advertise” ourselves as well as our services.
I think it would be wise for me to internalise a lot of what you wrote. I think with some more self-confidence I’d be able to laugh it off, which is probably how it was intended.
I really appreciate your message, thanks.
What do people here think of the differing viewpoints shown in the replies to this?
I'm not sure how I feel. I have a few of the squares on my portfolio and it kind of hurt and made me feel ashamed. Maybe this is good and means I need to spend more time thinking of creative solutions rather than defaulting to what I've seen done successfully.
Or...maybe the smugness of this kind of "these things are wrong" post is just kindling to the fire that is imposter syndrome for a lot of people.
I'm interested to hear what other people think about it.
Hey Pablo, thanks for your honesty. You rock.
Yup, me too. Stacks is useful, but I can't trade off the screen real estate.
Completely agree. I've been used it for a couple years and it keeps getting better and better. Thank you Itsycal dev!
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