Year in Review 2015

December is upon us and it’s a great time to reflect back on the year.

2015 has been a huge year for design and designers. We’ve seen an explosion of new tools that improve workflow and make it easier to explore and share ideas with our teams. There is 10x more effort, money, and attention being poured into design tooling. There’s never been a better time to be working in — and working on — design.

Our approach at Atomic has always been to get on with it rather than talk about it. We’ve been working flat out to create the best collaborative design features so you can push your work even further. We’re super excited about the cool stuff we have in store for 2016!

Here’s a glimpse at what we released this year:

2015 in review

January
Private beta
History slider
Snap to canvas
Paste styles
February
Share designs via link
Copy-and-edit designs
Sample designs
March
First ‘how to’ video
Drop images onto canvas
Paste from Sketch or PS
Klim fonts
April
Help Centre
Invite-a-friend
May
Public beta
Multi-user editing
Security improvements
User settings
June
Touch/mouse interactions
1000s of icons
Advanced styling
Updated marketing site
Facebook Group
July
First paying customers
More interactions
Element distribution
Toggle hotspots
August
Performance enhancements
Security enhancements
September
Launch!
Advanced Motion Control
Swipe gestures
Billing + account settings
New marketing site
October
iOS kitset
Auto-snapping
Free ‘Reviewer’ plan
Team + annual plans
Retina support for images
November
Device previews
Duplicate from Hub
Drawing enhancements
Thumbnail previews on links
December
Editable comments
Watch this space!

2015 by the numbers

100,000 people – From private beta, to public beta, to launching in September, we saw a lot of talented designers and their teams get their hands dirty in Atomic.

9 new people – It was exciting to welcome nine new people to the Atomic team in 2015. These quiet superstars are the real force behind Atomic, and we can’t wait to grow the team even more next year.

1 capital raise – We didn’t shout about it, but we recently raised more funding to scale the team and product even faster in 2016. Yay!

1 acquisition offer – Turned down ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

The number of subscribers to our side project Product Design Weekly tripled in 2015 and we had some pretty awesome stuff to share.

So what does 2016 bring?

We know that 2016 is going to be an exciting year for both designers and Atomic.

The sleeping giants in our industry have been forced to pay attention to the next generation design and prototyping tools like Atomic. This has validated what astute designers have known for years: we need better tools.

If this year was about grand promises, then next year will be about what actually works in the real world for designers and their teams. We’ve delivered on our promises in 2015 and are excited to push even further in 2016. Stay tuned!

Hit me up darryl@atomic.io or via Twitter @we_are_atomic – I’d love to chat.

Darryl

PS. Have you checked out our Product Design Weekly year in review?

Posted 9 December 2015

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