After switching back to legacy interactions several times in the past I finally managed to stick to Interactions 2.0 for a project that needs some basic interactions.
My current workflow (windows user):
Design in Figma -> Interactions in Protopie -> Build final design and interactions in Webflow.
I was a big fan of Webflow about 2 years ago but the more they’re evolving to a “brighter future of visual development” I feel left behind.
hint: some people take straight forward feedback like this personal, just want to let you know that I’m still a happy customer and I believe in Webflow but at some point “sugar-coating” is not helpful if you really want to improve
Webflow feels like the dribbble of UI design.
Nice for silo’ed fancy stuff (a single screen, interaction, idea) but always a bit of a struggle on real world projects.
the UI layout feels outdated
Feels like IX 2.0 got cramped into this tiny little sidebar but honestly, just by adding 2-5 basic interactions you have to scroll, collapse, back&forth when managing stuff. Put IX2.0 into a separate window in front of the designer!!
Interaction preview lags horribly on my ultrabook
always have to publish to check the actual interaction smoothness and flow…feels so wrong
- It’s not like an enjoyable playground anymore
- Good interactions is about fine-tuning timing, movement, easing…whoever tried doing this with the new IX2.0 might understand why this is not possible inside of Webflow anymore (also the main reason I switched to Protopie for all things movement)
Even basic interactions need a bunch of clicks
To get started, make sure to provide “presets” for fast integration. Boil down the top10 interactions from agency websites and you’ll have like 10 presets that are enough for 80% of work. Setting up a simple fade-in on reveal from scratch everytime you build a new project is so 2015
I could go into detail about this stuff, providing screenshots, ideas…useless at this point as we know
Webflow still is a website builder for businesses around the world, don’t mess it up trying to be the fancy beer friend! Hard work (also UX wise) is still needed in here!