New MUI library in UXPin: Design Faster

What Is MUI and What Do You Need to Know About It

MUI is one of the top React component libraries that help front-end developers and designers create consistent user interfaces for their products. It contains a collection of ready-made building blocks that significantly speeds up prototyping. If you want to take the MUI for a test ride, you can try MUI Core 5 with UXPin Merge. Here’s how to do it. 

UXPin Merge’s Revolution

UXPin with Merge technology allows teams to prototype faster, because it uses real code components with built-in interactions, states, and variables. Engineers can integrate a React-based library or Storybook with UXPin Merge. Then, designers create digital products with the exact building blocks that engineers developed, and if needed, they can introduce global changes to components’ look and feel.

Such designs are powerful. Not only do they look like a finished product – they behave like one. Which means that designers get higher quality feedback from usability tests, product teams get stakeholder’s buy-in, and the collaboration between design and development gets stronger. No more gaps between product team members in the process.

You can use your own React components in UXPin. But what if you don’t have enough resources to build your own component library right now? There’s a solution – try one of the fully-fleshed libraries that sync with UXPin.

Try Open-Source Libraries with UXPin Merge

Using pre-built libraries, such as MUI, added to UXPin editor thanks to Merge technology can advance prototyping even more. Developers can use a widely-accepted library that has been documented and tested. Designers, on the other hand, can rest assured that it follows best UI practices.

As for product teams, they can release products faster and scale effectively the design process with an improved developer’s hand-off stage.

Ready libraries include pre-built components, such as buttons, navigation bars, containers, text fields, but also colors, typography, spacing, and grid system which can be adjusted.

The most popular libraries are open source, such as Bootstrap or MUI.

That’s Why We Added MUI to UXPin Merge

MUI is one of the most popular React component libraries for building responsive products. It is based on Material Design – a well-respected Google’s specification for designing for the web. It contains tips about how different elements should be displayed on the screen.

The MUI creators took those guidelines and they created an open-source code UI library on top of them. Everyone who wants to follow Material UI best practices for creating user interfaces can use the MUI library and save their time. 

Benefits of Using MUI for Prototyping

As one of the largest libraries of UI components, icons, and styles, MUI offers tons of advantages for designers, developers, and product managers. It makes their jobs easier than before.

Here are 5 benefits of using MUI for design.

  • Based on real best design practices – It’s a UI library that was developed with the most widely accepted design guidelines at its core.
  • Accessible UI library – Since it follows Material Design guidelines, MUI has accessibility built into it, so your products can be used universally.
  • Customizable – You can adapt code components and slightly adjust them to your design.
  • Helps at optimizing design systems – Its efficiency makes it a great tool for implementing an accessible, mature design system at a fraction of time.
  • Well-documented – With a great, ready-to-help community comes heaps of documents you can access. They’re all written in a clear, easy-to-follow manner.

Creating prototypes based on MUI has many potential benefits for teams of any size. Since UXPin is a code-based prototyping tool, you can really leverage the power of MUI and get even more benefits of prototyping with code components – the kind that only code-powered prototyping tool can offer.

Code-powered Prototyping Gets You Even More

Aside from the benefits above, teams can achieve a greater efficiency of work using React-based code component libraries in a prototyping tool.

  • True functional fidelity – Because you design with real code components, you can test the actual experience that customers have when using your product.
  • Faster and risk-free delivery – Developers can ship products and features faster when the components are fully coded without compromising quality of work.
  • Design interactions you want – Oftentimes your interactions are not fully presenting what you had in mind when using vector-based tools; code-powered tools help you avoid that.

How it works

The MUI library gives you fully interactive  building blocks to design with right on trial. Sign up for a 14-day free trial and see how easy it is to design with code components in UXPin’s editor. It gives you plenty of time to explore the library’s components in UXPin.

How to access MUI on trial

  1. Create a trial account – MUI kit is available for 14 days.
  2. Open a new prototype from the UXPin Dashboard.
  3. Go to Design System Libraries in the Toolbar on the left.
  4. The MUI library is named “MUI 5” among other libraries.
  5. Drag and drop interactive components from the library and preview how they behave.
  6. View and copy the code in the Spec Mode.
  7. MUI will be available until your trial ends.

How to access MUI in UXPin Merge

To design with code components from MUI, you need access to UXPin Merge. If you’re a UXPin Merge user, sign in to your account and you’ll see MUI 5 as one of the libraries.

If you haven’t tried UXPin Merge yet, just request access to UXPin Merge and use the MUI Core v5 to build fully interactive user interfaces you can test with users or hand off to engineers. The development team can then use the code, and designers have building blocks ready to create a fully interactive UI for their products.

UXPin Merge integrates with Storybook and Git repository to bring a coded design system into UXPin. More on that in the blog post, Meet UXPin Merge.

Test UXPin Merge with MUI

The MUI library is one of the most popular React libraries for building interactive experiences for the web and digital devices. Design high-fidelity prototypes in a matter of minutes with MUI as your code component library. Developers, on the other hand, can use the code of the components you use to create the final product.
Try UXPin Merge with MUI and save time on designing fully functional prototypes.

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