February 12, 2020

10 Tools That I Use for Successful UX/UI Design

There are a lot of tools out there to help both user experience and user interface designers do their work. Here is a list of my favorite design tools in no particular order.

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Adobe Photoshop–In addition to resizing and touching up photography to use on websites, I also use Adobe Photoshop for visual mock-ups. A popular (and much more inexpensive option) is Affinity Designer.

Adobe Illustrator–I don't use Adobe Illustrator often in UX/UI design, but it's my go-to program if I need to create custom iconography for a website or mobile app. Affinity Designer is also an alternative for Illustrator.

Adobe InDesign–While Adobe InDesign is typically used to design print pieces like brochures and postcards, I find it a great way to do quick wireframes and sitemaps. Other popular wireframing tools are Balsamiq, Microsoft Visio, and Omnigraffle.

Adobe XD–Adobe XD originally started off as a prototyping software, but it's constantly updated and it can be used for many steps of the design process including wireframes, visual mock-ups, and prototypes. Other popular prototyping tools are Sketch, InVision, and Figma.

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Axure–Axure, like Adobe XD, can be used for wireframing and prototyping, but it can also be used to create user journey maps, sitemaps, and other diagrams.

Loom–Loom is a quick and dirty way to record remote user testing. It's very easy to use. Camtasia is a popular (more robust and more expensive) screen recorder.

Sonix–Sonix turns audio files into typed transcripts. I use it to transcript my user interview audio files. It's not perfect, but it saves a ton of time.

Post-it Notes–Post-it Notes are the little darling of user experience designers everywhere. Search "UX" on a stock photography site and most likely you'll be presented with lots of images of designers using Post-it Notes. Post-its are great for brainstorming, affinity mapping, and more.

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Iconfinder or FlatIcons–Usually I can find icons that I want to use in my designs on either IconFinder or FlatIcons. Why reinvent the wheel, right?

Paper & Pencil–Good old paper and pencil is a very useful tool in the design process. I often start wireframes on paper to get out a lot of rough ideas fast.

What are your favorite design tools? Are you interested in working with me on a project? Feel free to contact me.

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