AMA: Adobe XD 2017

6 years ago from Demian Borba, Product Manager for Adobe XD

  • Taylor PalmerTaylor Palmer, 6 years ago

    What can you tell about long-term the vision of Adobe XD? How will it revolutionize the industry in a way other tools haven't? Or will it continue to adopt functionality from other tools?

    • Prototyping tools are all too common.
    • Live collaboration exists.
    • Developer handoff is improving every day with new tools.
    • Component Library apps are popping up everywhere.
    • Versioning/git tools are gaining popularity.

    I know that Adobe XD can gobble these up and put them under one roof (which is very welcome, btw), but what is it going to bring to the industry?

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    • Mary Cherng, 6 years ago

      Great question, Taylor. A key part of the XD vision is to enable design at the speed of thought. What comes up often in internal discussions is how to improve existing workflows so that it's better, faster, and more intuitive for designers. Similar to what XD has done with repeat grid, but at scale for any designer problem. To do this, we have to build a solid foundation first so that innovation can occur without impacting quality. Stay tuned for more roadmap updates later this year.

      Cheers, Mary (Adobe)

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    • Andrew Shorten, 6 years ago

      Thanks for your questions Taylor.

      Our vision from the outset was for XD to provide an end-to-end solution for designing, prototyping and collaborating on user experiences.

      Using the points you made, I’d say there is still a way to go in all those areas:

      • Prototyping tools are all too common, but remain disconnected from design tools
      • Live collaboration exists, but is unproven at scale and within enterprise environments
      • Developer handoff is improving every day with new tools, but does not solve for design and implementation changes over time
      • Component Library apps are popping up everywhere, meaning no standardized way to store, manage and collaborate on assets
      • Versioning/git tools are gaining popularity, but are still hard to use

      Solving for all the challenges listed above are part of our roadmap for XD, with our intent to either solve them directly or to partner with others to do so.

      Beyond delivering features/capabilities, we believe that designers need high quality and fast performing tools so that they can ideate and iterate quickly. We believe that you should be able to work across different platforms and devices. We believe that teams and enterprise organizations want reassurance to know that investments in design tools and systems will have longevity and have broad industry support. With Adobe XD, we’re aiming to deliver all that.

      In terms of what else we can bring to the industry, we’re excited about the opportunities related to machine learning and artificial intelligence, and have a number of teams exploring how that can positively impact design. We’re also thinking about emerging user experience platforms, such as using voice-based user interfaces and augmented reality environments, with a goal to help designers create new types of experiences. More to come on these topics in time…

      Thanks, Andrew (Adobe).

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