The tools have cleverly built an enormous community around themselves but is it healthy for the UX design community?
Figma’s server went down for a short period on June 7th, 2022. There was a commotion in the design community as soon as it went down, with almost everyone having nothing to do that morning. Thousands of tweets began to flood in, confirming that they were not alone. Designers joked that this was akin to the power outages in India in the 1990s, when people would come out of their homes and use the outage as an excuse to socialise.
The entire saga raises an important question. Isn’t the UX design community overly reliant on such tools? The tools have cleverly built a community around themselves, with little to no compatibility with other tools, and the design community adores them like puppets.