Don’t overhype and underdeliver
I don’t know anyone using InVision Studio, and that’s too bad.
Things were still good on the InVision train, at least for us designers.
But for InVision, the writing was on the wall. Or, it should have been. These new design tools were a sign: each launched with limited prototyping capabilities, giving designers the ability to link screens and create simple interactions without having to make a trip to InVision.
Figma hit hardest, promising the kind of interaction, collaboration, commenting, and handoff features that were InVision’s stock in trade. Slowly, other players dribbled into the market, tearing away at InVision’s feature set bit by bit, including developer handoff tools like Zeplin and Marvel, as well as prototyping tools like Flinto, Framer, and ProtoPie.
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Little gems this week
Tools and resources
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