We had an inspiring eve again at IXDS early May. Watch the recordings of 2 short talks about tools that were internally developed at an agency, solving a very specific need. One uses VR for prototyping for mobility, the other is focused on prototyping connected hardware!
From design to code, it sounds like the holy grail. Since the launch of the Figma API, many people have speculated about the possibility of automatically turning Figma documents into React components. The Figma team laid some ground work with this super interesting proof of concept!
“Interface design can benefit by embracing code, instead of having design and code live in two separate worlds imitating each other. By fusing them together into a shared library, designers and developers can cut down on menial work and spend time on what matters: solving bigger challenges.”
Most design conferences aren’t that interesting these days, but the Framer team is on to something! This looks like a 3 day event you *need* to attend. Talks on design, code, and tooling by a diverse bunch of interesting and influential speakers. There are also 4 full-day workshops. See you there?
The tools team at Google cooked up something outstanding. Following the Material Design guidelines and customizing or extending it to your liking is now easier than ever. An extensive set of symbols with an accompanying plugin to tweak things like border radius and color.
Studio is now out in public beta so give it a spin. Maybe more interesting is the announcement of their extensions platform, or what they call ‘apps’. You can sign up to create plugins for Studio. Sounds like a promising approach!
Batch process images has become limitless with Retribatch, which is now in public beta! It’s a node based (visual programming) batch image processor. A bit like Quartz Composer, and a bit like Audio Hijack. But for images. Lots and lots of images, or maybe a few, or even just one.. ✅ Hot dog, ❎ Not hot dog.