Build something with your company’s API
Not every company has a public API like Dropbox, but there’s a good chance you can get access to an internal API at your company. I’ve found that engineers are usually excited to see designers building on top of their API and are thrilled to lend a hand. If you work on a product that has an internal API, you can use the same techniques to start designing with real data.
“When we don’t work with real data, we deceive ourselves” ― Josh Puckett
The goal of pulling real or realistic data into our designs is to bring us closer to the final product. By designing with real names, real photos, and real content, we gain empathy for the people who use our final product.
Bringing the Dropbox API into Framer X
With Framer X, we were able to quickly create a Finder component that pulls in the data exactly as it exists in your Dropbox. In the example below, I authenticated my personal Dropbox account with the component so what you’re seeing are my real Dropbox folders.