AMA: InVision Design Leads On What’s Coming Next

over 7 years ago from Stephen Olmstead, Design Partnerships @ InVision App

  • Timo Nagel, over 7 years ago

    I am personally not a fan of online design software like "figma". I love the native performance of tools like sketch and their abilities with plugins.

    What is your take on tools like that?

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    • tom giannattasiotom giannattasio, over 7 years ago

      Web or native is one of my favorite debates, so thanks for bringing it up!

      While I don't have a hard stance on one or the other. I think that we're at an interesting point in the evolution of the browser where functionality that was typically owned by desktop software can now be reproduced in the browser. We're going to continue see desktop apps making a leap into the browser and I don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with that transition. It is my belief, however, that certain types of tools benefit most when they exist outside a standard browser.

      Performance is the case usually backing native apps and it's certainly one of the most important when supporting intense, creative workflows. However, I think there are tremendous UX benefits that browser-based apps miss out on as well. If you're building an application that people need to have in front of them at random yet extensive intervals throughout their day, your software probably benefits from being on a dock. I look at the browser as a junk drawer and tabs as items in that junk drawer. I throw a ton of junk into it. So does my wife and my daughter and it all gets shuffled around over the course of weeks. Some tools work well in a junk drawer – like a bottle opener. Some tools – like my phone – do not. I need it all day, every day. My phone doesn't go in a junk drawer; it goes in my pocket for quick recall and extended use.

      Most of InVision's tools are in the browser because they're centered around collaboration and encourage a rapid workflow. Ideally we get you in and out as quickly as possible, so you can get back to your day. So, I think it really boils down to how a product can you best serve its users. Sometimes things align in the browser. Other times it requires a purely native or even a hybrid solution.

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      • Giovanni HobbinsGiovanni Hobbins, over 7 years ago

        I really like your junk drawer analogy and I think it's really true.

        But looking at Google's Chrome OS (which admittedly has many issues) leads me to believe the browser does not have to be a junk drawer forever.

        In the end, the overall trend is all just moving towards remote computing. Remote data storage is already mainstream. Remote gaming is not far away. Only a matter of time before our computers are just browsers anyway.

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