Pain points for designers in 2018?

almost 5 years ago from , Developer BBA

I want to create some service, product or software for designers. But I was stuck with good idea.

What is the biggest pain points right now? Would you like to pay money for solving this pain?


  • Dan WilkinsonDan Wilkinson, almost 5 years ago

    I'm thinking of building a product that figures out designers pain points. Would you like to pay money?

    16 points
    • Radoslav Ratkovic, almost 5 years ago

      Hmmmm ... the premise is a little vague, @Dan.

      0 points
    • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, almost 5 years ago

      This is unhelpful. You can see that English is probably not this guy's first language and he's come here with a genuine question that's worded unconventionally (maybe even abrasively). Suggesting a better way to ask the question would be nice, but even a straight "No" would be more helpful than this.

      11 points
      • Surjith S MSurjith S M, almost 5 years ago

        What's wrong in the question? Can you explain? I can learn as well :)

        0 points
        • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, almost 5 years ago

          I want to create some service...

          We generally would say something more like "I want to create a service...". Or maybe even better would be "I'm interested in creating a service..." to express that it's more than just a desire, but something I'm actually pursuing.

          ...But I was stuck with good idea.

          This statement, taken literally, means that you already have a good idea, but you haven't been able to get rid of your good idea. Maybe what you mean to say is "...But I haven't been able to find good ideas", or "...But I've only been able to think of bad ideas". or "...But I'm looking for ideas".

          What is the biggest pain points right now?

          This question is pretty clear, but the "is" should be "are" instead, because you're asking about more than one pain point.

          Would you like to pay money for solving this pain?

          This question also is clear, but should be written "Would you like to pay money to have this pain resolved?". The real problem with this sentence is that it sounds funny and strange because paying money is generally not something people like to do. It's kind of like asking "Would you like to go to the dentist for eating this candy?" Probably the best way to ask this question would be to simply remove the word "like" and ask "Would you pay money to have this problem solved?"

          The overall issue with your question here is that some people feel like you're being lazy by asking a question that you should be working to answer yourself. I think the real problem is that you haven't worded your question properly in order to get the answers that you're looking for.

          Learning languages is very hard and a lot of work. Clearly you've made a lot of progress, but you still have some more to go. Don't give up.

          3 points
  • Ryan RushingRyan Rushing, almost 5 years ago

    all of it kind of hurts

    11 points
  • Gildas FrémontGildas Frémont, almost 5 years ago

    A product that helps non designer or product managers to describe their work or part of their job to designer or product managers within their team for them to understand the complexity of their daily tasks.

    Tell me when its ready, I would pay 50 $ for every taskflow created with the tool.

    5 points
  • Ken Em, almost 5 years ago

    The buzzword "pain point".

    4 points
  • Michael Ragland, almost 5 years ago

    I work in fintech, and a tool that would help me make customizable high-fidelity data tables and charts would go a long way.

    For tables even just adding a repeat grid function in Figma would do wonders for me, but it would be way cooler if it could populate the cells with data.

    4 points
    • L W, almost 5 years ago

      can you upload or link to a sample of the kind of data tables / charts you want to produce?

      1 point
      • Michael Ragland, almost 5 years ago

        Sure. I would love the ability to easily add rows, columns, numerical and string data, select groups of layers as rows or columns (though I cannot think of a way to make this practical), and resize width of columns.

        There may be a better way of building tables in Figma, but to be honest I'm not sure how.


        Charts would include mostly bar graphs and line charts. These are much more straightforward to build, but I could imagine tools that would make it easier and faster.

        1 point
        • Thomas Lowry, almost 5 years ago

          Check out the data table I created with nested components in Figma as part of this Material design resource:


          (the data grids are on the far right arboard).

          Usually what I like to do is assemble a basic table using nested components. I try to keep it as modular as possible. For most standard tables, I find its useful to have the columns as components, and the rows as a repeating separate component. If you make the columns as part of your row, its harder to customize since you need to detach and break the component to modify the contents. You can sort of make your own repeat grids.

          Take a component (one row for example). Then make a new component with that row duplicated 20-30x. Then turn that grid into a component. Set the constraints to those nested rows to be Left and Right + Top. There is a feature in Figma called “clip content”. If you enable this, you can resize the component, and it will crop the repeat grid. So when you want more, you just drag it down to expand the size and reveal more rows.

          Once I have all the setup, I package them up all assembled in a component to create a sample table. When I need a table, I drop in the sample table from our shared library, break it apart, and configure all the nested components how I want them.

          Posted a bit about it here: https://twitter.com/negativespaceca/status/1002635034505850880

          2 points
    • Chris Aalid, almost 5 years ago

      Axure can do a ton of this kind of stuff. Not super intuitive for hi-fidelity mocks or prototypes but for really interactive wireframes or lo/mid-fi mocks it's pretty great.

      1 point
  • Alberto OrsiniAlberto Orsini, almost 5 years ago

    I was actually thinking about a solution for design hiring managers this morning. It seems that our industry is moving at a crazy speed with new tools, plugins and practices, but when hiring designers we rely on 2 things which haven't really evolved: • Job boards (click on the one at the top) • Recruiting agencies which are typically not set up for hiring and validating design in an educated way, and interview designers just like they would for any other industry…

    So for what is worth, even if it is more "niche" (I put that on quotes because most companies are hiring designers to a certain capacity), I think solving this would be pretty useful and I would totally pay for it.

    2 points
  • Ryan CarterRyan Carter, almost 5 years ago

    Convincing management to invest in design.

    2 points
  • James LaneJames Lane, almost 5 years ago

    So lets say someone gets a great idea that would solve a lot of problems. Do you think they are going to just write it down here and let you make money off it?

    2 points
    • Daniel HartDaniel Hart, almost 5 years ago

      I mean, I see your point, but my opinion is, yes they will. Ideas are just ideas. They're worthless, we all got them. Some people understand that they have a good idea, but no time to execute, so they'll give it away.

      7 points
      • Andrew Richardson, almost 5 years ago

        Exactly. Discussing a pain point is not the same as solving that problem. There's a million ways to solve that problem and in there are probably a few ways that people will legitimately pay to solve it.

        1 point
      • James LaneJames Lane, almost 5 years ago

        If an idea is worth executing, it can't be worthless. I do, however, get what you're saying. I've had ideas before that I simply can't invest the time into - then I forget what those ideas were!

        1 point
  • Ric P, almost 5 years ago

    I would pay money to know this too. So I can build a product to solve it.

    2 points
  • Connor McCormick, almost 5 years ago

    Documenting research plans, synthesizing research and sharing research findings in a consistent, digestible, and searchable manner across my org. Not just with other designers, but Engineers & Product Managers as well. I have yet to find a tool/product to meet my needs.

    The closest thing I've found has been: https://airtable.com/universe/expShuhNMi0Oc0xpb/polaris-ux-nuggets


    I would absolutely pay for something like this.

    1 point
  • Sharon HillSharon Hill, almost 5 years ago

    One of pain points for designers is a growing demand for wider skill sets. Today’s designer also has to understand the basics of marketing, branding, search optimization, etc. I think a service that educates designers on that topics or automates some of that tasks may be helpful.

    1 point
  • Maitrik Kataria, almost 5 years ago

    Okay, so let's look at each situation,

    1. An Agency providing design services to start-ups, enterprises:

    An interfacing platform that builds a communication pathway that connects product creators and the design team at all stages of the project. So, at any point in the design process the progress, review of pending and accomplished tasks, deadlines, comments can be viewed.

    Product Creators: Decision-makers who are going to take the leverage of the product/service/software Design Team: Leaders, account managers, PMs, researchers, UXers, copywriters and developers

    1. A Designer within an Enterprise/Start-up/SME:

    A tool that with two distinct features a. For the management to feed their vision behind the change in design b. For the designer to visually present the differences between the existing and improvised design, its benefits and his/her vision behind it.

    It can further have other personnel involved in the process.

    How's this helpful? This could reduce the differences between the decision-makers and designers from the beginning of the project enabling smooth functioning after the commencement of the project.

    0 points
  • Account deleted almost 5 years ago

    Medium articles.

    0 points
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  • Gavin McFarlandGavin McFarland, almost 5 years ago

    Hands down the biggest pain point I experience in every project is translating need into product. From several years of exploring and studying this problem myself I don't believe it is that difficult to make better either.

    0 points
    • Jess EddyJess Eddy, almost 5 years ago

      Can you elaborate on this point a little? "translating need into product"

      1 point
      • Gavin McFarlandGavin McFarland, almost 5 years ago

        The act of breaking down your customers needs and then capturing them and articulating the solutions to solve those needs and what the functionality and solution should be to meet those needs.

        1 point