Visual Tools is a collection of Figma plugins that support designer in their daily workflows and craft.
From smoothing gradients, creating radial interfaces to creating smooth shadows, these tools allow designers to focus on hitting the nail rather thinking about how to hold the hammer.
What started as a little side project has grown into a suite of tools used by creatives all over the world.
Building Design tools is an interesting domain because it converges different areas of interaction design:
Mental models. Design tools are not used in a vacuum. They're embedded in existing workflows where mental models are already established. It's exciting to think about these mental models and how a design tool can hook into them.
Visual polish and craft. Figma plugins should feel like a native experience. Like a feature of Figma itself. Because of this they're a great opportunity to exercise visual polish, dabble with Design Systems and think about interactions and animations on a granular level.
Thoughtfulness. Because design tools aid in creation of virtually anything, the use cases are virtually infinite. To ensure that the tools work across all scenarios, it's important to consider a lot of edge cases. This requires to engage with users and the work they're doing, which is incredibly fun, insightful and rewarding.
Continuous Iteration. After a plugin has been published, it's potentially used by thousands of people every day. This is a fantastic opportunity to collect quantitative data, get individual feedback and subsequently iterate on the plugin's experience.