How much have design tools changed since the dawn of Xerox technologies in the 80s? Have the basic conventions shifted much? Let’s find out that and more.

The guys at Xerox probably didn’t have the biggest idea of how far things would go when they came up with the laser printing technologies back in the mid-1980s. However, the world of print and design hasn’t been the same since. Growing with new capabilities at the turn of every passing decade and becoming a firmly established industry with its place in the “global market of opportunities”.

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It sure would be interesting to…

An introduction to Relate

I’m thrilled to introduce Relate, the first interface design tool that empowers design and development teams to collaborate in the creation of digital products — visually and straightforwardly. It outputs beautiful, semantic code and achieves the objective of creating a single source of truth for both design and development teams.

Put simply, Relate is a professional design tool for teams to create interfaces that run on the browser powered by real code.

Yes, you read it right! We embrace the web paradigm. Relate saves time by creating a direct connection to the medium, enabling the creation…

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I really mean it. Fuck function, there, I said it again.

UPDATE — To the haters: I don’t really mean it, but stay with me, I got a point…)

Not only is beauty so disregarded in the age of digital design, I feel that it is also misjudged by the design community.

I like to design pretty things, I like to post it on Dribbble, or to look at what other designers are jamming, from weather app concepts and dashboards with sexy gradients, to Youtube and Facebook redesigns that just look gooooood. I look at it and think…

“It’s just…

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States of the artboard — Sketch Plugin

Don’t get me wrong… When I started using Sketch I was fascinated by artboards and symbols, they made a lot of sense and went great with my design process and it still does. Everything is controllable, I can reuse elements, design for different screen sizes, or design the entire flow of an app and make prototypes out of it. While I felt that I didn’t need layer comps anymore, I had the feeling that something was missing, maybe I overrated artboards and symbols?

Wait a minute…

What do artboards and symbols have to do with layer comps at all? Are…

When I had just started as a web designer, I already had some experience with front-end development. So instead of treating web design as coloring pages for kids (which sometimes young designers do), I wanted to take part in the entire process — from concept to design to actually solving world problems (first world..) — and I wanted to code it on my own, as I could.

Having these skills as a young product designer in a design agency enforced me to code stuff on a daily basis. This lead me, much like other web designers, to a professional identity…

Eden Vidal

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