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Introducing Interface Designer 🎉

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Jordan_Scott1
Former Employee

We are excited to announce that as of today, the Interface Designer beta is open to everyone, which means you will now be able to create interfaces right from your bases, no code required.

What is Interface Designer exactly? Interface Designer lets you build visual and interactive interfaces using your base’s underlying data. By creating custom interfaces for your stakeholders, you can isolate the information that’s critical to them and none of the other details. This makes it tremendously easy to understand the status of a project and what’s required from whom. Jump right in or keep reading for a comprehensive round-up of everything you’ll need to get started, plus information about a few other features you’ll start seeing after today :tada:

Before we go into more details, make sure to mark your calendars for the next Airtable Community AMA on December 1, with Product Manager JB Bakst, where we’ll dive into all things Interface Designer.

Common Questions

What are some of the common use cases for interfaces?

Interfaces can be used for just about anything, but some of the popular use cases we’ve seen so far include dashboards to view aggregated information & metrics, summaries to view key information about a project, record summaries for research insights, and record triage for things like customer feedback or campaign asset reviews - we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

What permissions are required to create an interface?

Creator and owner permissions on the base you’d like to build an interface for.

If I share an Interface with another individual or team, can they see the underlying data?

For now, interface access requires you to have base access. So yes, anyone you share an interface with will have access to the underlying data.

When should I use Interface Designer vs. Page Designer (or another feature?)

Some key distinctions that Interface Designer offers:

  • Dynamic & interactive
  • Can share data from multiple tables within a base side by side
  • Easy to onboard collaborators without needed to teach them how to use the Base or fear that they may edit the wrong thing
  • Filter records based on the collaborator viewing the interface

Page Designer is ideal for instances where you need to provide a non-editable view of static information during a specific moment in time. One example is if you need to deliver a presentation or want to create a PDF.

Resources to help you get the most out of Interface Designer:

Guides:

Support Articles:

Videos:

Want more great news? We didn’t stop there, take a look at all the other fun features you can expect to see starting today as well.

Enhanced features for admins:

You’ll notice a slick redesign of the Admin Panel, created to be more user-friendly. Next, we’ve added significant new security controls—like Audit Log APIs and workspace share restrictions. And finally, we’ve improved base performance across the board, making your largest bases more responsive than ever before.

Additional power for your workflows:

And finally, we’re proud to share new integrations to help you bring more data into Airtable, and improvements to automations.

We’ve updated our automations interface to make it even more intuitive, with easy-to-read modals. Now it’s easier to set up a new automation with a fancy full-screen mode, and a handy guide that will walk you through every step of the process. We’re also starting to beta test conditional logic, which allows users to trigger automations only when certain conditions are met.

And last but not least, we’re adding new integrations for external source syncs from our partners at Zendesk, Github issues, and Google Drive—available to all customers on Enterprise plans.

176 Comments
Vivid-Squid
11 - Venus
11 - Venus

I saw this too, I assume this will be fixed shortly, in the meantime. If you duplicate an existing editable record and change it to the field you want, you can edit it.

Jordan_Scott1
Former Employee

Thank you for flagging this! Confirming that a hot fix will be out for this today :slightly_smiling_face:

Londya_E
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Thank you, I appreciate it!! Looks like it’s fixed now!
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Karlstens
10 - Mercury
10 - Mercury

Good morning @Jordan_Scott1 ,

When you have a moment, could you check with the team regarding if an “OR” operand is planned for the Interface Filter Element? We just hit a very big snag after discovering a Filter Element appears to be hard-coded to “AND”, whilst also disallowing Conditional Groups… it’s a real problem. :thinking:

Screenshot below.

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I suspect as a workaround, I can guide the user possibly to use the TimeLine View via a base, which will allow for “OR” filtering… I think… I hope. :expressionless:

EDIT: As a workaround, thankfully the TimeLine View within a Base doesn’t have this same limitation. I’d consider this feature mission critical for the success of using Timelines within an Interface - hopefully it can be patched in soon.

Jordan_Scott1
Former Employee

Thanks for flagging this, @Karlstens

I’ve just filed an escalation internally about this - will keep you posted!

Trent_Warrick
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

With this change, the Record comment thread is no longer rolling up comments on attachment fields. is this intentional?

Karlstens
10 - Mercury
10 - Mercury

Greatly appreciate your help here - I’m hoping that we’ll see the familiar options found within a Base Table Filter, including And, Or and Filter Group features - that can then all be used in the same manner within the Interface Filter Element. Fingers crossed… :crossed_fingers:t2:

Gustavo_VD
6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

I’d also love that! The pivot table is really missing in the interface designer.

Oguz_Senna
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Hi kuovonne.
Can you share the background automations?

Karlstens
10 - Mercury
10 - Mercury

Erk, I’ve just realised that the Link Record Grid Element doesn’t allow for the creation of new records :sob:

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This makes it next to useless. :cry: And the default Link Record Card element is a few too many clicks in comparison with lots of white space… functionality it’s OK, but I suspect that the Grid would be a lot more desirable to use in most cases - assuming the Add Record lock is resolved.