The Cambrian explosion of decentralized applications (dApps) is a bullish sign for Web3 adoption. At the same time, teams under pressure to ship product often prioritize functionality over design and user experience. Let’s be blunt, many of the dApps can use better UI and UX. What this space needs is a design system built from scratch for Web3.
Introducing, Finity -- a user-first interconnected system of design elements that allows teams to quickly prototype, launch and scale their products without compromising on aesthetics and usability. Finity offers tried-and-tested assets, elements, and templates with a focus on 3D design. Its visual library allows for elements to be used individually or with each other, in perfect harmony.
Polygon’s mission is to offer a wide range of secure, fast, affordable, and energy-efficient Ethereum scaling and infrastructure solutions for developers to build dApps. The organization is set to make dApps design easy in hopes to bring millions of users to Web3.
Good design is hard to notice because it fits our needs so well, while bad design “screams out its inadequacies,” Donald A. Norman wrote in The Design of Everyday Things, an interface designer’s bible for the past three decades. While early adopters can put up with a lot of inconveniences, most users take intuitive UI and smooth UX for granted. Addressing those expectations will be key in bringing Web3 to mainstream audiences.
Much of the Web2’s visual language, from the placement of elements to choice of color palettes, is based on psychology. Some practices have become ingrained through sheer ubiquity -- think the three-dash hamburger icon for the options menu. Finity allows dApps to tap into that well of familiarity while also offering the freedom to invent new approaches unique to Web3.
With Finity, developers can easily customize styles and symbols, add their own elements and scale the designs, combine symbols to create multiple UI elements. What do you get?
- Color gradients
- Templates for screens and panels
- Buttons and elements
- Design guidelines and principles
A design system is much more than just a collection of tools, a pattern library and a style guide. It includes abstract elements like values and shared beliefs. That’s where Web2 and Web3 part ways in spirit and in practice.
DApps are fundamentally different because they operate with concepts that have no analogue in the Web2 world, including wallets, tokenomics, governance and much more. Decentralized, uncensorable and transparent, dApps are based on new technology and design needs to reflect this.
Cope, the team behind Finity, is a deep-tech studio that brings together design, NFTs, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), and VR/AR with a focus on Metaverse. Polygon and Cope are also joining hands with Brevan Howard co-founder Alan Howard to create a moonshot factory for taking Web3 projects from an idea to product launch.
You can get started with Finity here. If you're an Ethereum Developer, you're already a Polygon developer! To leverage Polygon's fast and secure transactions for your dApp, head over here. Keep up with the latest ecosystem developments on our blog.
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