Lars Damgaard
strategic user experience designer
February 7th 2014

A new tool for interaction designers: Origami from Facebook

All interactions design tools I have tried leaves a gap between the final product and the ideas that the design deliverables try to illustrate.


Sometimes the gap is small, sometimes it’s big, but developers, designers, stakeholders and users can all agree that this gap should be minimized.

When Facebook launched its new Paper app, it also launched a new prototyping tool that aims to minimize such gaps. In the words of Fast Company the tool could be called a Photoshop for interaction designers and tries to focus on true interaction design rather than static design mockups.

The comments on the Fast Company already suggests some major pitfalls though: that it’s based on Quartz Composer, which isn’t maintained by Apple any longer and that it relies too heavily on graphics being created elsewhere thus perhaps complicating the workflow even more.

I don’t know because I haven’t had time to try the tool for myself yet, but I look forward to see how it will be received in the design community as more and more people explore it.

Meanwhile I will do my best to minimize the gap using Axure prototypes and HTML / CSS / JS prototypes.

Have you tried Origami yet? Let me know what you think.

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