Abstract raises $30M

4 years ago from Dragos Gavrila, Graphic Designer. Logos, icons and typography. Available for remote freelance projects.

  • Philip LesterPhilip Lester, 4 years ago

    Tried using Abstract and felt it added complexity to the process and was simply annoying to try to implement and use in the real world. Can't believe they raised $30M.

    0 points
    • Guy MeyerGuy Meyer, 4 years ago

      I think I understand your sentiment, but I wouldn't call it complexity. It's more process oriented for sure. If you're working solo, it's probably overkill if you want to just get work done.

      But for my team, it has been extremely helpful to track progress and allow non-design folk into the process.

      7 points
      • David ThornDavid Thorn, 4 years ago

        It's absolutely overkill for a solo-designer.

        1 point
        • Guy MeyerGuy Meyer, 4 years ago

          Well I cautioned "probably" because I use it myself for personal projects. Speaking in absolutes makes some large assumptions my friend :)

          4 points
        • Josh Sanders, 4 years ago

          it's interesting that you say 'absolutely'... I used it for about a year as a solo designer, and not once felt it was overkill. I Absolutely love what it did to my workflow, and have since then added my entire product team on to abstract.

          0 points
        • Dustin Dahlberg, 4 years ago

          I wouldn't say absolutely. Version control is something design has been needing for a long time. It has been a fantastic add to my process. The way they integrate libraries is really awesome too.

          0 points
    • Dragos Gavrila, 4 years ago

      I already posted a long comment about this and then deleted it. I was fully against it. That was yesterday. Today I feel a bit different. It's still about the added complexity to the process of design and I don't like that.

      But at the end of the day, anything that gets you to ship better and easier, you will use it.

      Some of us like to work solo and do everything by ourselves, others work in small team or big teams - no matter - the tools are the tools and let them not define us as we work as designers and thinkers - also about the big money - I think they raised that much money not because of what Abstract is now - but because what Abstract can be in 1-2-3 years from now. They might have big plans and integrating everything is a good way to attract big VC money - they might add a design tool, better commenting and lots other features that can turn Abstract in a one-tool-fits-all kind of thing - You will not need Sketch + Slack + Zeplin + a prototyping tool to get stuff done - you will use just Abstract and that's it.

      If this will be the case, they can become a unicorn - raising at least 200 mil for the next round of funding.

      But for now, Abstract is a big pricey for what they offer and I would not use it - not even with a team of 10+

      My 2c

      1 point