Sketch added Data in Version 52 to simplify the task of populating text and image layers with pre-defined content. A handful of data repositories and dedicated sites popped up over time, but none had the variety and quantity of data required to cover the extent of what would be required by a designer working in a variety of sectors and projects.
While Christian, Shu and myself worked on a large project it became apparent that we needed a lot of data and this is when we realised the available data fell short of what we required. We needed a quick and simple way to create data in both TXT and JSON format. We explored multiple workflows and finally found our perfect process to create and publish the data. We decided to publish all the data in an easy to use, searchable site for other designers and committed to adding any data we create while enabling other designers to share their data to the site.
The JSON files we created were not only used to populate the design inside Sketch but to populate the live HTML pages for each data page.
Data is not exclusive to sketch designers, it is not exclusive to designers. Developers should utilise the same data as their designers.
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A father, code enthusiast and creator of Timber CSS framework. Loves great, well balanced design, snowboarding, skateboarding, and spending time with family and friends.
Designer, Sketch advocate, Apple fanboy and creator of Scratch Design. Lover of the outdoors, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Snowboarding and a Kayaking newbie.
Apple fanboy for 30+ years. Creator of Timber CSS framework. Started programming at the age of 12. Enjoyed roaming the world until I got married. Now settled in Portugal with my wife and son.