React is particularly useful for rapid prototyping of apps. UI designers with the least coding background can make use of this framework to create tailored prototypes of their app design concepts. React offers awesome wireframe and mock-up building capability besides a whole array of UI design frameworks created by the hyperactive React community.
React is built to create sophisticated user interfaces and it allows designers to get involved in the code with ease. Without having any real programming expertise UI designers can go deeper into all those React elements that make the UI of an app.
When it comes to delivering interface for seemingly predictable output and user interactions, you have an array of quality design prototyping tools. But just when you need to build a more complex interface with non-linear user journey, React seems to be the uncontested choice.
All other visual prototyping tools ultimately stick to binary choices at every level and make things difficult when you need to deal with variable options, combinations, inputs and data for a multilayered interface. React has a robust capability to accommodate complex design decisions can make things faster and simpler.
Here are some of the key aspects of React that make it an ideal framework for UI design.
A Mobile app design company can only think in terms of components and not screens. It is particularly because the apps are increasingly getting complex, multilayered and are offering variable multilayered experience.
As digital products multiply in number and complexity, the modern workflow for software development has been hugely transformed to optimize around big-sized teams working in several features (or products) at once. Earlier UI designers used to create screens and the developers used to implement them. Now, as the design demands handling more complex user interactions, the designer needs to define each component separately. So, designers now work more closely with developers and help them use the UI components without breaking the code.
Moreover, UI design demands to be fit for cross-channel and cross-device implementation while maintaining thorough consistency and reusability of the components across platforms. This is where the role of React seems inevitable.
From the perspective of the designers, there is a number of advantages for using React for UI design and prototyping. Here we explain a few of them.
Besides all the above-mentioned capabilities React is also the only framework that has undergone extensive value additions. There is an array of easy to grab UI design frameworks based on React that can utilise React components to shape your UI idea.
Let us briefly explain here a few React UI design frameworks.
Material UI: This framework is comprised of the specific React components to design interface based on Google’s Material Design philosophy. For implementing authentic Material Design in the UI, it comes as the ideal toolset.
React-Bootstrap: Bootstrap, the most popular UI design framework can be implemented with this toolset for React apps. It brings together the simplicity and flexibility of Bootstrap 3 and the power of React together for UI design.
React-Foundation: Foundation, another popular customisable library and UI framework can be implemented with React components through this toolset.
Essence: This fast-paced CSS framework can implement Google Material Design elements with React components.
Elemental-UI: Elemental-UI is another great toolset that comes loaded with a range if modular UI components and React controls to help to implement React patterns natively. It works like an improved version of Bootstrap plus the power of React controls.
WRITTEN BY: Kapil Antala
Kapil Antala is a Design Lead at CMARIX Technolabs Pvt. Ltd., a leading UI/UX Design Services Company with 12+ years experience. Kapil firmly believes that…
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