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Denver, CO Co-Founder at Whimsical (www.whimsical.co) Joined about 4 years ago
Hey All, I just wrote up a blog post explaining some of the UX decisions we made in our app in order to maximize speed. Would love for you guys to check it out.
Hey Christian, Vivaldi is now supported! Sorry about that.
Thanks for posting this Tony! I'm one of the co-founders of Whimsical. We just launched a few weeks ago and would love to hear what people think of the app.
Our first use case is diagrams – userflows, flowcharts, etc – like you mentioned.
Wireframes is up next and we're actively developing that right now. It re-uses a lot of the same interaction patterns and should be really fast to use. The plan is to open up our private beta for this in about a month.
Anyway, would very much appreciate feedback from the DN community. Thanks!
Hey all, I realize this is an old thread but I'd love for you guys to try out Whimsical.
It's a brand new web-based app and we've prioritized speed and ease of use. Our goal is to make it super easy and fast to create beautiful flowcharts and diagrams. Also, we're baking in lots of familiar shortcuts to make it more designer-friendly.
Re: Omnigraffle, I've found it a bit hard to pick up. Lots of small icons without tooltips and such. But it's certainly capable. Just depends if you want to invest the time in learning. Another downside is the lack of collaboration (commenting / multi-player mode).
Lucidchart is a decent option if you're wanting to do really technical diagrams. Personally, I find it a bit overwhelming and bloated. The actual charting interactions are pretty easy to pick up. It's just all the other stuff that's crammed into the interface.
I think MindNode is quite nice for mindmapping. I dig some of their interactions and styling. Pretty easy to pick up / intuitive overall.
Would love for you to try out Whimsical. We built it to be fast, simple, and beautiful.
It's got all you need but none of the other distractions you might find in other apps. I'm biased but I think it's pretty great :) Feel free to hit me up with any questions.
Personally not very happy about dropping support for sub-pixel anti-aliasing. Things already looked fine for mobile when you unchecked it in Settings. Now we just have less control and as mentioned above, text rendering is now inaccurate for all web-based designs. That's kind of a big deal.
I've found it a really useful way to preview fonts before purchasing. Really easy to compare a number of different options in the general context of a page and rendered by a browser. It's especially useful when designing something with a heavy emphasis on body copy (blog/digital textbook, etc.).
This is a project we just launched a few days ago. It's a furniture startup based in California. The founder was a really great guy and the furniture is pretty sweet too. We kept things pretty lean in terms of features in order to get the site done on budget. Hopefully they'll do well and we can come back in and add some cool stuff down the road. The site is built on Shopify.
I like a lot about this site. The type choices are nice, as are the colors & image tones. The interactive elements are well done. The responsive build seems quality.
Probably the biggest concern area for me is the navigation. It feels a little bit like a catch-all. It's kind of overwhelming in that sense. Grouping some of the items under sections could help. Thinking about priority could also be good here—currently, it doesn't feel like there's much intentional organization going on.
One small additional thing is the container on the nav for the wide view (1250px and up). The rest of the content stretches 100% while the Menu button gets further and further from the side. It starts to feel a bit disconnected from the off-canvas nav. This is probably mostly a preference thing and not crucial. I'd imagine this is wider than most people are viewing anyway but thought I'd mention it.
Great job on the site overall. Lots of cool stuff going on.
Be nice. Or else.
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