Episode 085

085: Keeping up with new tools and frameworks

These days it seems like there is always a new tool or framework to try. It’s easy to feel the pressure to keep up with it all and stay relevant; especially when all of your peers are talking about it. In this episode we discuss our approach to trying new software and tools and how we deal with the pressure to stay up to date.

“Whatever works best for you to get the job done as effectively as possible, that’s what you should use and that’s what should be a part of your workflow”

— Femke

Key takeaways

1 | New tools could potentially improve your workflow and make you better at what you do. It’s important not to be closed minded about trying new things, but don’t feel pressured to use the latest and greatest” just because everyone else is. Use what’s best for you. 


2 | Everyone is different, and everyone works differently. A tool that’s a great aid in someone else’s design process may not be best suited to yours. When deciding what new tools to try you should do your own research into it and form your own opinions.


3 | Working on an actual project when trying out a new tool (rather than just poking around) will give you a better idea of how it functions, and you’ll be able to decide if it fits well into your workflow.


4 | With so many new tools and frameworks released it’s hard to know which ones to keep an eye on. Instead of trying to keep up with everything, instead notice the trends and pay closer attention to the tools that are causing the most discussion.

Show timestamps

01:30 Catchup
06:15 The pressure to keep up with tools
11:05 Is it worth trying new tools?
15:30 How do you decide which tool to try?
17:30 Our experience with Code
22:00 How do you know if you need to improve your toolkit?
23:40 Judging others based on their toolkit
26:30 Your Tweets

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