Launch HN: NextUX (YC S19) – Web UX editor and feedback tool for product teams

Hacker News Launch HN: NextUX (YC S19) – Web UX editor and feedback tool for product teams

Hey HN!

I’m Andrew, a solo founder building a free easy-to-use visual editing app called NextUX (https://nextuxdesign.com/).

NextUX makes it easy to share feedback and ideas on your website or web app with your team. It enables you to capture full-page screenshots and add comments and markup directly on top of it. You can pick permissions and share your iterations and feedback through a direct link. NextUX is entirely browser-based.

The app includes simple tools to cut up your website or web app, rearrange it, and add elements. You can also create designs from scratch and share them with anyone.

The platform attempts to meet makers where they are in development. I’ve noticed how hacking a design together in the browser can sometimes be a better way to design than making changes to a « pixel-perfect » design file. With NextUX, you can first hack a design together in your browser, capture a full-page screenshot with the NextUX browser extension (https://nextuxdesign.com/screen-capture/), and add final touches in the app along with comments.

Current design tools are overkill for most quick fixes, small features, and fast design iterations. Digging through layers and nested components of someone else’s complex design file to create a simple change takes too much time.

Many design decisions are made by people without « design » in their title. Roles like PMs, engineers, founders, and other stakeholders have valuable ideas that could be articulated visually instead of buried in long emails. A picture is worth a thousand words. I aim to flatten the learning curve of design tools, so everyone feels comfortable visualizing ideas.

I’ve worked as a designer in Silicon Valley for a decade at large tech companies and startups—most notably as Flexport’s first designer. Throughout my experiences, I’ve seen how websites and apps evolve and how tools can help or hinder development.

I originally went through YC in the summer of 2019 and was encouraged to pivot after running into considerable roadblocks. As the pandemic hit and the world locked down, I had a lot of time to think about the issues I’ve encountered as a designer. During this time, I helped 50+ startups by reviewing their UX and providing advice. I learned a lot about how these early-staged companies approached design and what I could build to help them.

Ultimately, my goal is to help teams create, collaborate, and communicate visually on digital experiences. I want to create a new digital scratch paper for the web.

I’d appreciate your feedback on the app, and I invite you to share your thoughts and experiences on how to streamline design iteration and feedback.

Thank you!

– Andrew https://nextuxdesign.com/

P.S.

I created a few free design templates for you to duplicate and use in your work. Below is a link to the templates, including a simple design system, web form UI, and card design wireframe components.

https://nextuxdesign.com/free-resources/

I will update this page with more templates and resources over the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned!

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27317635

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