Frontend is changing

This week Airbnb launched painting with code, another tool for designers to directly design and develop the frontend of a website. It is yet another tool in a larger trend of designer tools that directly generate frontend code.

Next to painting with code you have an online platform called webflow. Here you design and “code" at the same time, exporting HTML and CSS. As designer you still need to know the basics of CSS and HTML, but it is being abstracted away more and more.

Then again, these tools have been around for ages, look at Microsoft Frontpage or Adobe Dreamweaver both software tools to build website with little code knowledge. However the overal trend doesn’t lie, and more and more of these tools will continue to pop up. I personally feel it is a good thing, as designers will have more control over the end product and frontend developers can focus on maintaining the ever increasing frontend stack.