Let’s have a Picnic.design (Alpha test)

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How many tools or plugins for Sketch do you know or actually use when it comes to optimizing your design processes?

In the last couple of years we have encountered a great deal of plugins for Sketch that have helped us optimize the performance of different tasks.

Thanks to the constant evolution of the digital world, people that work in this vast universe are forced to think in the practical benefits of working openly, sharing or even collaborative working, something that in design was only possible in a minor scale.

A couple of months ago a teaser of a plugin was released. This plugin would (apparently) change the game as we know it in the field of design.

Picnic, developed by Thomas Street, encourages products that provide a unique experience when it comes to managing digital tools.

What is Picnic?

of the rest of the members of the project once synchronized, allowing a clear view on which page is each member working on. It also offers tools to add bookmarks to pages to prioritize work flow and hide the ones that are not selected. With picnic users can still rename, duplicate and delete artboards…

Another important feature is being able to keep track of the synchronization of the file with the cloud to prevent damages within it.

In this premature moment, the plugin has two limits: the first, and apparently the most important one, is that work may not be done in a same table; while the second we suppose that it will be fixed later on, and it consists on it not being compatible with Craft Beta features.

Why use Picnic?

Here in Grability we work based on a resource library to maintain consistency with a Design Language System (DLS), therefore through Picnic multiple people may access and change the product.

The plugin is in its private Alpha version, but we have already had the opportunity to test it, identify errors, and report them directly to Thomas’ street team to improve this tool.

To think of a tool that enables working distances to be shorter and up to date is very exciting for us as a design team.

As Grability, we believe that this tool will be quite popular throughout the industry of digital product development, and we may only hope for a brighter future.


We would like to thank Tiffany Ta and Vanessa Knudson from Thomas Street for allowing us access to the futures.