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I could see that playing out.
Finally. Go team Figma!
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Yeah, agreed. That's the beauty of competition.
The line between pseudo design [like mockups/comps] and actual implementation is slowing blurring for tools as we inch closer to creating and implementing in real time, re: no-code movement. Though, web standards had to reach a point for apps like you listed to become viable and as those standards improve, the apps will too, bringing in more users.
Yeah, the frustration is understandable. This could've been a low hanging fruit for them and something that's been on the roadmap for a while and still not inhibit progress on new features. The innovation and engineering mindset Figma brings is refreshing and don't foresee them slowing down on that front.
Hmm, personally, I think the contrast is a little better on the layers panel now that the labels are bold; the gray backgrounds for frames always threw me off spatially. And visual hierarchy was a big bump in improvement for me with the increased indentation.
Again, we don't know the nuances of the problems they were solving. It's easy to point at the changes and call them detrimental, but for all we know they could have fixed a lot of issues people were having before. We just don't know at this point.
Because you're really having usability issues, you're already doing the best thing by voicing it directly and in the open so they have more data to go off of.
I guess we’ll have to see if/how Figma responds. For now, and particularly as designers, we can only be empathetic with the team until we know more about what went into the decisions. It's what we do.
We can only hope that they—a team that has raised $83 million—would know how to filter bias in their research and conduct the tests on both existing users and new ones. But it's totally plausible and does happen that biased decisions are made.
As technology adoption increases and interfaces permeate our daily lives, it’s only been shown that less is more when it comes to interfaces. We probably wouldn't get very far if no one ever pushed standards and guidelines to see where improvement lies. So, if anything, we can look at this as an experiment from figma and learn from it. Unfortunately, sometimes that comes at the expense of users and/or their business.
Correct my if I'm mistaken, they've increased contrast by bolding labels and making the panel background color pure white versus a tinge of gray. The font sizes haven't changed significantly other than uppercase labeling. One could argue it has improved usability—parsing panels seems to be a bit easier now.
Ideally they would implement an accessibility preferences for increased contrast, font sizes, etc.
It appears they conducted several phases of user research and found no major issues. They were also anticipating backlash amongst the community, which isn’t new. Don't have to look back too far to remember how Jony gutted skeuomorphism which turned out to be a big step forward for the world.
I wish we knew more of the nitty gritty in the challenges both the users and the Figma team were faced with and what led to the decisions that they made. We can only critique with what information we have, so hopefully we'll learn more soon. Personally, I haven’t had any usability issues.
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