Zeplin

Collaboration app for UI designers & frontend developers

#2 Product of the WeekNovember 18, 2014
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Berk Çebi
Maker
@berkcebi · Developer/Co-founder, Zeplin
Hey everyone! I'm Berk, one of the co-founders. With Zeplin, we’re actually scratching our own itch, working for a world where designers and developers can collaborate with maximum efficiency. For now, Zeplin supports Sketch (Photoshop is on the way.). We'd be happy to hear your feedback and answer any questions!
Andrew Condurache@acondurache · Founder
@berkcebi Looks cool... whats the pricing ?
Berk Çebi
Maker
@berkcebi · Developer/Co-founder, Zeplin
@acondurache Not 100% decided on "prices" yet but it'll be subscription based - very similar to InVision - based on your number of projects.
Narek Khachatryan@narekk · Product Designer
@berkcebi Wow, nice work guys, I'm excited to use it. We literally wrapped up product design for @heatmapps yesterday and I was starting to think how I will convert them into production notes for UI. What's the best way to provide feedback?
Pelin Kenez
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@pelinkenez · Product Designer, co-founder of Zeplin
@narekk @berkcebi @heatmapps That's great to hear :) You can reach me whenever you want from pelin (at) zeplin (dot) io
Ian Mikutel@ianmikutel · Sr. PM Lead, Ink & AI, Microsoft OneNote
@pelinkenez @berkcebi How does this compare to InVision? Pixate? Trying to understand how best to fit this into iOS workflows. Thanks!
Pelin Kenez
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@pelinkenez · Product Designer, co-founder of Zeplin
@ianmikutel Hey, with Zeplin, we are focusing on the process of handing designs to development teams (which includes things like generating specs, guidelines and so on). So we don’t help you build a prototype for example, those guys are already great at that :)
Jeremy Le Van@jeremylv · co-founder, Sunrise
@berkcebi Do you plan on having a continuous refresh? Right now it requires the other person to leave the project and come back to it in order to see the changes.
Berk Çebi
Maker
@berkcebi · Developer/Co-founder, Zeplin
@jeremylv Yep! We currently have one but definitely needs improvement.
Jeremy Le Van@jeremylv · co-founder, Sunrise
@berkcebi Glad to hear! Looking forward to the improvements.
Julia Roy@juliaroy · Founder, workhacks
@berkcebi Hey there Berk. Wanted to let you know there is a typo in your ticket for friends email copy - http://www.screencast.com/t/6wlT... Excited to play around with Zeplin. So far looks awesome. Much needed service. Well done.
Narek Khachatryan@narekk · Product Designer
@ianmikutel @pelinkenez @berkcebi InVision is useful for rapid prototyping and feedback. Pixate is great for interaction design. Zeplin is useful for development stage, when designs are finished. In other words, it makes for easy referencing colors, layout and alignment details for View/Front-end development.
Ian Mikutel@ianmikutel · Sr. PM Lead, Ink & AI, Microsoft OneNote
@narekk @pelinkenez @berkcebi Perfect, very helpful thanks! I've been trying to figure out the best iOS flow, right now I have: Marvel → InVision → Sketch → Pixate → Zeplin
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
Did you use Zeplin to design the Zeplin app?
Pelin Kenez
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@pelinkenez · Product Designer, co-founder of Zeplin
@chrismessina Of course we did. Zeplinception! Here is a screenshot of Zeplin while we are working on our web app :) http://bit.ly/1oYSAfT
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@pelinkenez I'm glad to hear you went deeper!
Oo Nwoye@oothenigerian · Co founder, Callbase
Good stuff. I was thinking it was something more like @redpenapp. You should probably indicate that is is a mac download on the landing page. I signed up before I knew. I use Windows
Vince Speelman@vinspee · Front End Engineer, TED
One of the problems when handing off mock-ups is that you end up with px values everywhere, when they should really be em values. For example, when creating a button, you may have 18px of padding, but what you actually want is 1em because you want it to scale with the font size of the button. Any thoughts around helping designers explain their intent rather than the fixed values created in a mockup? What are you pursuing to help designers and front-end developers create design systems rather than individual pixel-perfect unicorns?
Berk Çebi
Maker
@berkcebi · Developer/Co-founder, Zeplin
@vinspee Hey, this is definitely an area we are exploring and want to focus on! Suggesting em units instead of px units means reflecting the intention of the designer which is a little challenging UX-wise. We're currently doing conversions for Android and iOS though (px to dp, px to pt) according to screen resolution. Similar to this idea, we're also brainstorming on how to enable designers to set constraints (Auto Layout-ish) on layers to better communicate the responsiveness of the design.
Vince Speelman@vinspee · Front End Engineer, TED
@berkcebi I've been digging deep on constraints lately (and how they can apply to CSS specifically). I think that's a great route to go.
Vitaliy Urban@v_urban · HelloBaby Inc.
Zeplin will be 10 times better than Avocode after beta. I hope.