The Evolution of Tools – Airbnb Design

🧒We’re at an exciting point in the evolution of design tooling. Other disciplines have had computer-aided tools that correct grammar, rewrite code, and analyze structural integrity of 3D models for some time. Now, with design tooling that’s open, connected, and extendable, we’ve laid the groundwork necessary to provide similar smart tooling for the design process.

Digital product design tools have traditionally represented design as a series of pixels and rectangles—things that look like the desired outcome, but are actually static images of what an interface will eventually become.

Once a design is ‘finished’, an engineer must laboriously translate the pixels to code. Important to note: these pixels don’t contain semantic information about what they represent.


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