For years, one of many holy grails of net design has been making an attempt to automate turning front-end design into clear code. Early makes an attempt included instruments like Dreamweaver and FrontPage. Pagedraw, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2018 class, has developed a software to satisfy that imaginative and prescient in a contemporary context.
Sometimes, an online design staff sits down and creates a mockup of the consumer interface, then turns that right into a design in a software like Sketch. Up till now, builders took that design and translated it into code, Jared Pochtar, Pagedraw co-founder and CEO defined. His firm needs to automate that a part of the method with out buying and selling off on the design or coding facet of the equation.
Pochtar says that the earlier approaches to fixing this downside have suffered as a result of they’ve tried to mix two vastly alternative ways of pondering — consumer interface design and coding. By constructing a full-fledged design editor and code interface, they imagine they’ve created a software that respects the necessities of each.
“The issue is that there are two totally different psychological fashions: the designer’s drawing psychological mannequin and the pc’s HTML/CSS mannequin. Previous instruments have tried to unify the 2, both forcing the pc’s mannequin on designers or the designer’s mannequin on the pc. The previous ends in a clunky design software, and the latter ends in [badly] generated code,” Pochtar mentioned.
Pochtar and fellow co-founder and COO, Gabriel Guimaraes perceive first-hand what goes into this course of having labored as full stack builders for quite a lot of years. They are saying the least favourite a part of their jobs is when the design is completed they usually need to translate it into code. They determined to construct a software to resolve that situation.
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The founders met the summer season earlier than their freshman 12 months at Harvard and hit it off instantly discovering frequent floor of their mutual love for pc science. The 2 really began the corporate whereas they had been nonetheless undergrads. Despite the truth that they raised a wholesome $1.three million in seed cash whereas nonetheless at school, they accomplished their educations whereas engaged on the product.
Despite their youth, their expertise contains internships at a who’s who of Silicon Valley firms from Google to Palantir to Dropbox. As younger founders, they’re absorbing the YC expertise and studying from the information of the staff and the group.
The corporate continues to be younger with 5 clients utilizing the product on a full-time foundation, however the product is free for college kids and folks engaged on open supply merchandise to make use of. The plan is to cost a subscription to enterprise customers.
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