I have been thinking a lot about CMSes and my workflow as a web designer. I design and code, and I do it for fun. But I find myself sometimes building Squarespace sites just because I really enjoy their user interface. The place the spend time nowadays is Figma, I just think that right now is the best tool thus far in the game. Recently after the release of their API, I have been noticing a lot of chat among my friends about the possibility of Figma becoming a CMS or connecting to a CMS. The whole web development landscape could change. What do you guys think?
Figma so far is more of a universal design tool, so moving to CMS would mean that they leave other uses (mobile and graphic design, at least) a bit ouside of scope and that might backfire.
But there's already an editing tool with CMS integrated — take a look at WebFlow, https://webflow.com/, they started with a cool web design tool and turned it into a growing publishing platform, complete with layout design, content management, hosting and now ecommerce built upon that foundation.
Since they're focused on the web experience — both mobile and desktop, going the CMS way looks totally reasonable for them and their customers.
+1 for Webflow. While I generally prefer coding from scratch, I've used it quite a bit in the past for particular projects, and I've always found it to be a joy as far as working visually with code is concerned
I gotta check out webflow. People keep bring it up. I used a long time ago during the beta, so I can't speak on what they are doing now. But yeah it seems cool.
I doubt it but I think it could complement CMS in a certain way. It could be come a "DMS" (Design Management System) where the design is hooked directly into the CMS. Content producers use the CMS and designers use the DMS to fully realize the content.
Damn that is an interesting perspective. I was also thinking that wordpress could create a design system, that designer can edit and converts into a theme. This idea is not necessarily isolated to wordpress, but it could work with any CMS.
I honestly think Figma and Webflow should merge that way Figma gets a CMS and Webflow get a focused mobile design tool and design system builder.
I think it would be far smarter for Figma to basically plug in to multiple CMSes and not make one on their own. Using their API that can lead to that. A good CMS is quite complex and I think its best if they focus on their primary product. Of course I would love something akin to framer so I can build an interactive prototype with complex UIs.