Testing new apps and trying different things, not only office related, is a tradition for every Grapefruit team member. In order to keep this tradition alive, we designed a simple app and used Flinto to prototype the idea. Below you can see our full process.
Back in the days, we used famous inspirational quotes on the back of our business cards. As the time passed, we remained only with a selection of those quotes, and a few business cards laid down on our dusty office corners. Blame us, but business cards… in our days? We wanted to keep the quotes alive so we created an app with random inspirational quotes. You can read them and have the option to share them on your social networks.
Designing the app
Because the app is not so complicated, we quickly drew some sketches and then we added style in Photoshop with typography in mind.
What is Flinto?
Flinto is the prototyping tool designers have been waiting for (quote of the Flinto developers). In our words, Flinto (only Mac for now) is an app that allows you to create simple to complex interactions without writing a single line of code. The main points of this app are:
- Animated natural transitions based on users gestures;
- Scrolling effects;
- Direct integrations with Sketch;
- Live preview on your Apple devices (including Mac);
- Posibility to share your prototypes with friends, clients and so on.
From the first time we started the app, it took us around 2-3h (including tutorials) to get familiar with the interface and the options inside of it. Then we dropped the visual elements designed in Photoshop and started playing around. With a minimal mindset, we chose a flip left/right transition for swipe gestures and for tap (sharing button) we chose an overlaid content transition. Flinto’s interface is pretty simple, after you get used to it. Everything is based on layers, aka assets from Photoshop or Sketch files, links, gestures, where you can create transitions or edit them and layer properties. We recommend you give it a try and explore as much as you can in the 14 days trial period. Then if you like it, just simply buy it.
Overall Flinto is an amazing app where you can create smooth and natural transitions. Since you don’t need to write a single line of code, you can impress your friends, clients very quickly.
Like every app in the web ocean, there is plenty of space for improvements. We had problems creating an icon (for iPhone), where we wanted to put our prototype. There’s a lack of tutorials ,only 11, and we don’t know anything about the community that uses Flinto to prototype ideas. However we’re pretty impressed by the final result and definitely will try it on future projects.