Bring Design and Development Together with Storybook Integration

It’s time to challenge the status quo of product development. Designing with images or vectors is what almost every tool out there offers but it causes just too many inconsistencies between a prototype and the end-product.

UXPin has always been operating in a different paradigm, with all elements being rendered with html & css. But now we’ve decided to bring something new to the table — letting designers use the same fully interactive components as their devs use to build the product. Designing with code components removes the handoff back and forths.

It’s time to let everybody try this solution — there’s a UXPin-Storybook integration on trial waiting for you. Join us on Product Hunt and share your feedback.

Use the single source of truth

Some time ago, design systems were this new big thing to help organize all the knowledge in one place. However, reality kicked in and the problem of the disconnect between design and development hasn’t been resolved.

New technology can fix that. Just allow product teams to leverage dev tools such as Git repos or Storybook, where there’s only the final components and documentation in line with the company’s standards. It will improve DesignOps processes and maintain parity between design and code. As a result, designers and developers can all use the same UI elements, documentation, and code from one source — Git or Storybook! At UXPin, we call this technology “Merge” as it brings product team members together.

If you’re tired of designing with images that are mere representations of the product, struggling with adding interactions that still would be changed on the development stage, it’s about time to design with production-ready components coming from devs’ libraries. The perks? Here are a few:

Everything is in one place. Really.

Smooth handoff

The vector or pixel-based approach is extremely limited and represents just a simple visualization of the end product. For example, when you want to add some advanced interactions to a prototype — it’s not always possible, because neither vectors nor pixels can work with variables, conditional logic or even simple input fields. However, when developers use code in UI components, those blockers disappear.

So, if your design is code-powered, the limitations of the image-based approach are gone. All the complex interactivity is built in the components and the code behind the UI is production-ready. This means no more back and forths between designers and developers.

Design 10x faster

However, when designing with code components, powered by Merge technology, you can cut down the time of designing 10x as all the interactions are already built-in. All the components in your design library look and behave the way they should, critically speeding up the design process. Some teams like PayPal proved that. An additional benefit is having the prototypes so advanced that your user tests become much more reliable.

Design with code — try Storybook integration

Storybook is this one place where developers can build and store the UI components. It’s also a great tool to test the elements and prepare clear documentation. Storybook supports a lot of frameworks, including the most popular ones like React, Angular, and Vue.

UXPin and Storybook Integration

Taste the power of code

Try now and celebrate with us on Product Hunt!

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