Adobe’s Project Comet Is a Start-to-Finish UX Design App
Adobe is on a mission to make life easier for designers, and its latest undertaking on that front is something it calls Project Comet. The software-turned-creative-app company debuted it at this week’s annual Adobe MAX Conference, and from what we can tell, it looks like a godsend for UX designers.
It’s early days for Project Comet, which will roll out in 2016, but it’s essentially a website- and app-building tool with WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) capabilities, so that designers can glide between wireframing, working on interface design, and prototyping, all in one digital place. Right now, that’s not what they’re doing.
If you’ve ever designed an app or a web site, chances are good that you’ve had to make rows and columns of similarly constructed but still varied labels, images, avatars, text fields etc.
Historically this is a problem that has been solved—imperfectly—through smart objects or symbols, and also tedious manual spacing and image placement on the part of the designer. Instead of merely following the prior art, the team asked itself if there was a better answer—what if they could make almost everything automatic? What if they could compress what can literally take dozens of steps down to just two or three?
Adobe’s answer is Repeat Grid, a feature built into Project Comet that lets designers create one set of elements—like a text and image box—and then copy it again and again, as needed. This condenses some of the repetitive and time-consuming work needed to build any basic site or app, freeing designers to experiment more, iterate more, and create more.