René: a Declarative, Permutational Design Tool(rene.jon.gold)

over 5 years ago from Josh Osborne, Product Designer @ NPR

  • Jon GoldJon Gold, over 5 years ago

    Thanks for posting Josh :)

    René is accompanied by an essay that might help y'all understand wtf I'm trying to do here: www.jon.gold/2016/06/declarative-design-tools , I'll hang out if anyone has any questions :)

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    • Giovanni HobbinsGiovanni Hobbins, over 5 years ago

      I'm intrigued but I'm finding it difficult to nail down what this will do before giving you my email address.

      The blog post is intriguing too but it really takes its time getting to the point. Had to scroll 75% of the way down before you tell me what it does.

      To me, a simple one-liner like "Rene automatically generates permutations of your designs so you can decide which is the best" is missing on the landing page The videos in the blog post quickly explain the concept as well. A 30 sec mashup of a user creating permutations of text, buttons, layouts etc could be really effective on your landing page.

      Once I figured out what it does, I like where its headed. Conceptually very ambitious which is cool. I could see this being a sketch plugin. I would set up a few crucial UI elements and run them through color, font, and text spacing presets when deciding on aesthetic direction for a product. That's my use case, at least.

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      • Jon GoldJon Gold, over 5 years ago

        Good call, thanks - that modal was like a 10 minute thing that I did right before posting; I'll update the copy and the video today :)

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      • Dan Amyot, over 5 years ago

        It's pretty easy to delete the modal (sorry Jon!) with the inspector and play around with it a little bit.

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