Visual Tools is a collection of Figma plugins for crafting beautiful interfaces.
What started out as a small side project has grown into a suite of tools used by creatives all over the world.
Designing a Design tool is an interesting project because it brings together lots of different areas of interface design. Some of my personal favorites are:
Mental models. Design tools are not used in a vacuum. They're embedded in existing workflows with strong mental models. Designing a design tool means anticipating where the user is coming from and where the user is going next – and crafting this into a experience that feels just right.
Setting loose constraints. A design tool should be designed in a way that it allows users to go beyond the intended goal and uncover new ideas. In practice this means choosing the right parameters, and interface elements that manipulate them.
All these tools would be nothing without the community that uses them and gives constant feedback. I'm grateful for everybody who's been using and enjoying what I'm building.