A BuzzFeed hack week exploration!
For BuzzFeed's inaugural Hack Week, I wanted to take the opportunity to learn some new prototyping tools. I was learning Framer for my "real work," so for this little Emoji Pictionary app, I decided I'd see how Quartz + Origami would work.
What I learned
The Origami toolkit has made Quartz a much easier to approach tool since the last time I attempted to use it for prototyping, but I had some pain points with it that make me less likely to revisit it in the future, especially for "real work":
- It's resource-intensive! This is not so much a problem in itself with a robust-enough computer, but it was challenging for a normal workflow. I couldn't multitask between mockups and prototyping, which made updating assets as I iterated a real bear.
- Low-quality sound integration. The only way I could figure out to include sound in my prototypes was to downsample audio quite a bit – just another step in the workflow.
- My brain just doesn't work the way Quartz does. This was the biggest challenge! I am having a much easier time with Principle (for more straightforward, imprecise animations) and Framer (when I want a lot more control).