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Geunbae Lee
Posted Apr 26 - Read on Facebook

Hi all!

I've been learning Framer for the past couple of months and I think I'm getting a hang of it pretty well. However, as I'm practicing and practicing by writing out codes on my own and watching some video lectures, it came to my attention that Framer is used to create prototype on mobile phones most of the time.

Just out of curiosity, do most of you use other tools to create web-based prototypes? If yes, what would be the reason why Framer is used for mobile prototypes more than web prototypes?

My feelings is that there are already a lot of web prototypes out there which don't require any lines of code. Also, if one is willing to use Framer to create web prototypes, one would use HTML, CSS, jQuery instead...?

Please share your thoughts :)

4 Comments

Tom Davey

I have a Web dev background too, so have prototyped in html/css/js a lot. There is something to be said for producing prototypes in non-production-ready code, such as Framer, which removes the misapprehension that a prototype is a fully QA'd and ready-to-roll piece of code. This is one of the reasons why I've been integrating it into my workflow for web stuff.

Ee Venn Soh

Depends on the fidelity and your objective. Prototyping particular web interaction? Framer maybe. But if you need to translate that transformation values to a dev. It is better to check with the dev what animation framework they are using, how they want to achieve that interaction. With CSS? Or JS? Or combination. A proper responsive site for user testing? Bootstrap in my opinion works way better. You can easily build something really fast with those pre built components. My framer is hooked up with GSAP. So I can prototype web interaction in GSAP and pass it on to dev for precise translate.

Koen Bok

There really is no reason other then perception that Framer is mostly for mobile. I guess defaulting to a phone in a new project doesn't help :-)

That said, Framer is great for desktop/web prototyping. I'd even argue that it's a lot easier then html+js+css, because it's just one language and the setup is instant with great feedback.

Jordan Robert Dobson

We do full ux testing for web apps in framer as well as desktop apps.

It's just the setup is so quick compared to jumping between three languages.

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