June 7, 2021
Indigo.Design released its complete design-to-code system. The
cloud-based platform addresses key issues that prevent widespread
enterprise adoption of low-code applications. Namely, to create mission
critical enterprise apps, low-code apps must prioritize user experience
(UX) by beginning the app creation process with user interface (UI)
design. Indigo.Design achieves this by bringing together the core
components of the app creation process into a low-code tool: UI
prototyping and design, app building, virtual user testing, iteration
and finally, code generation.
The greater promise of low-code apps is their potential to help
enterprises scale fast without necessarily scaling their development
teams. Available low-code apps, however, donít address one of the
primary sources of demand on developers: the user interface. According
to market research firm Gartner, creating the user interface (UI)
typically makes up 60% of application development time. As a result,
mistakes during designer-to-developer hand-offs can cost a factor of 10x
once an application is deployed.
Indigo.Design provides designers and developers a common cloud-based
platform to build and iterate UI/UX designs in real time, all while
using the design tools they prefer. The platform spans and streamlines
the entire app creation process, from design to code, eliminating common
missteps that prevent applications from getting to market quickly.
Indigo.Design integrates UI and UX best practices throughout the five
major steps leading up to final development in the app creation process:
Create UI prototypes. Build interactive prototypes with a complete
design system that includes usable components, 60+ UI controls,
pre-built app templates and preset layout and design pattern options.
Or, import your own custom designs from Sketch. (Coming soon: Adobe XD
Build the app. Indigo.Designís App
Builder is a first-of-its-kind WYSIWYG drag & drop tool for developers.
With an intuitive UI, teams can design screens and build apps up to 80%
faster than hand-coding.
Test the app from any location
before coding. Conduct unlimited, unmoderated, remote user testing and
get stakeholder feedback early, before coding, to avoid costly
iterations with your development team. Get screen-by-screen and video
analytics to ensure your design is right before handing it off to
Preview your app and code in real
time. Designers can see and experience their live running apps and
real-time source code during design, letting them iterate with design
without writing a single line of code.
Generate code. Once their UI is
pixel-perfect, users can transform their designs into clean,
production-ready HTML, TypeScript and CSS for Angular to hand off to
developers. (Coming soon: React, Web Components and Blazor)
The Indigo.Design design-to-code system is currently in use by Fortune
500 enterprise organizations including HP Enterprisestrong>, Morgan
Stanley, and Tech Mahindra.
"Most low-code tools on the market focus on going from idea to app by
skipping the designer and much of the developer. That's a good way to
get a concept out of your head and come up with a prototype, but to
create a mission critical business app with a good user experience,
low-code apps on their own wonít cut it," said Jason Beres, Head of
Indigo.Design at Infragistics. "Indigo.Design provides a single common
platform for collaborative app design and development. This approach
preserves necessary steps in the product development process while
empowering and enabling designers and developers to streamline app
creation, from design to code."
Gartner has been vocal about both the opportunity and the barriers to
entry for wide adoption of low-code tools by enterprises.
Indigo.Design is recognized as a Representative Provider in Gartner's
report, 'Technology Insight for Digital
Product Design Platform', Brent
Stewart, Van Baker, Magnus Revang, November 24, 2020.
According to Gartner, "Digital product design platforms have become the
most important user experience (UX) tools ó consolidating critical
features such as screen design, user flows, prototyping, design
collaboration and code generationĒ. The key findings of the report
include, "With the introduction of design system management features,
digital product design platforms are poised to become the single source
of truth for reusable, tokenized design assets and presentation layer
Indigo.Design is one of the first major releases from the Infragistics
Innovation Lab, which has formally invested more than $12M to bring the
entire design-to-code system to market. The platform has been in early
use by more than 25 companies since 2018.