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Pete England
Posted Jun 23 - Read on Facebook

Hi all,

I've just started playing with framer and I can definitely see some benefits to it. The main issue is that I can do most of what I need to in principle - and much faster.

I really want to like framer and feel like I should be using it but I can't see it filling any real holes in my workflow given the complexity of setting up basic prototypes. I know a bit of JS but still don't see framer being all that simple.

My main question is - how do you guys fit it into your workflow and what do you see the main advantages being?

Thanks :)


Steve Ruiz

I think the standard argument is that although most projects don't need the complexity, some projects do, and it's arguably quicker/easier/cheaper to make changes to a Framer project than an application built for production. But I'd argue that building out even a simple design in Framer will have some benefits, by forcing you to solve problems that you wouldn't have encountered with more simple tools. What begin as minor engineering problems (that would otherwise have been passed off to development) can be great opportunities for design thinking. Same-page transitions, like how a header closes when a page is scrolled, are one good example.

Danaan Clarke

one advantage I see over principle is the ability to send a prototype to someone remote for usability testing

Dexter Wang

I can prototype in Framer as fast as Principle and actually scale it after a couple months of practice. Framer seems to have more flexibility if you are willing to spend time to learn it. I think Principle is a great product, but sometimes you might grow out of it.

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