With the advent of AI and the humanizing of all things digital, the need for a user experience that truly connects is paramount today. We look at 4 of the best known UI/UX tools that help push the boundaries of design. While both UI and UX designers are part of two circles in a Venn diagram, there is a common area where both interact together: this can be seen in the Venn diagram below.
A UI designer will be more concerned with the look and feel plus the visual design (think typography, color palette, interactions) of an app or site he is creating. He needs to think of interactivity, prototyping and even animation; all the while taking into consideration all screen sizes and resolutions. Whereas, the UX designer will be more analytical and is all about giving cognitive solutions to user problems.
One of the hallmarks of a great design is using minimalism to craft an experience that is easy to use, intuitive, simple, fun and attractive. A proper tool should be chosen to create a design that is human as possible.
We have come up with 4 exceptional UI/UX tools that are industry standard, and, indeed, are made to push the boundaries of great design that are relevant and applicable in this era.
For someone who studied Flash and Dreamweaver, and Photoshop plus Illustrator a good 10 years ago, things have become so much easier for us once-in-a-way designers. Made in Netherlands, Sketch is great for designing interactive interfaces, and creates live comps so that clients can preview what happens when they click, swipe, or tap your design on any of their devices. Of course, there are a few negatives. There is no CSS export; it is difficult to work in a team if there are different Sketch versions; and, the price is somewhat high. Some would say that the design tools, symbol libraries, and editing features make Sketch the best UX/UI design app available. And some would say that Adobe XD is better.
For everyone who worships at the altar of Adobe, there is Adobe XD, which is the default tool of choice for most UI designers. The main advantage here is that Adobe realized at some point that Photoshop was never built with user interface designers in mind. Adobe has taken its UI tool very seriously where new features are added every month. As many UI designers would say, Adobe XD is an excellent alternative to Sketch. The real reason XD (and Figma) is more favoured in certain circles is simply because it allows collaboration in larger teams.
Figma is known as the Google Docs for designers. One of the biggest differences between the two tools is that Figma works in-browser, whereas Sketch is an iOS desktop app. All your design work can be produced, shared, and communicated in one place, which is a great collaborative feature. This is the real advantage: It runs inside your browser, and it allows you to edit files in real-time with other people. Moreover, there are some funky tools like the Vector Networks, which is a feature-rich pen tool.
This tool started as the best way to share design mockups with colleagues and clients. Over the years though, they have added features to the app and also built InVision as a standalone app for UI design, prototypes, and animations. Some do say that the user experience of this app is just a bit complicated. It has a great interface while being so modern and even with a dark theme. One of the main disadvantages with Invision is that it does not currently support plugins. InVision can also be integrated with the most popular third-party apps for collaboration and sharing.
There are of course plenty of UI/UX tools to help you create that perfect UI. Based on the number of reviews, the fight for the top two places would be between Sketch and Adobe XD. Each tool has its own list of pros and cons. The actual preference is down to the individual designer who chooses his weapon of choice.
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