Top 15+ basic tools I use in my daily UI/UX design work
Every designer has his own set of tools. And to those of you who are just starting out, and in the process of figuring out, and choosing the tools that fit best for their needs, I will share the set of tools I use, in my daily UI/UX design work. and why I use them, to help you guys stay creative, Inspired and productive, until you get the job done.
When it comes to design tools, I’m a little bit old school, and I chose simple and easy to use once 😀
Organization(management) and productivity
- Notebook: Writing down my ideas and tasks, to keep them in one place, accessible wherever I go makes me feel in control.
- Google Calendar: To keep track of important dates and stay on the schedule.
- Things: Setting up a “todo list” is very important to finish the work successfully. And on time.
- Be focused: To-Do list timer to manage your time.
Ideation and inspiration
- Pen and Paper: I personally think that a paper and pen are necessary to ideat, brainstorm and have those ideas written on a piece of a paper, along with basic drawings and sketches, giving the chance to your brain, to processing them, before jumping into the overwhelming interfaces of inspiration websites and design tools.
- Google Image: Searching for UI design images of existing products, and everything else you can be inspired from.
- Pinterest: Create your own collections of images that you can easily share with your teammates later on.
- Dribbble: The best place for any UI designer to look for inspiration is Dribbble. It contains the world’s best of the best UI designers works.
- Behance: You’ll find in Behance a variety of creative UI/UX projects, case studies and much more to get inspired from and ready to get your hand dirty.
- Google Play Store/ Apple App Store: Installing and playing around with Existing apps, that solves the same problem, helps a lot in opening your mind for new possibilities.
Moving pixels around, adding icons, images, colors… and making the design alive is the most fun part of the work of every UI designer’s work!. There are so many UI design tools and software out there, but next are the ones I use daily;
- Sketch: whether its UX design as for screen flows and low to high fidelity wireframes, UI design or UI design presentations, I pretty much use Sketch in almost every task of my daily work. It’s simple, easy to use and had lots of helpful plugins that make my life easier.
- Adobe suite: It has been a very long time since last time I had used Adobe Photoshop for UI design purposes, but I’m still using it for photo editing and other stuff along with Adobe Illustrator.
- InvisionApp: The Invision App, for me, is the best tool for creating prototypes and testing out the design and the screen flow of your Apps, simultaneously with the UI design work.
- Craft: A very powerful Sketch Plugin from Invision App for synchronization, prototyping, custom data, and more great features.
- Google fonts: It’s a great place to search for top Free trending fonts, people are searching for.
- Unsplash: Some High-resolution images from all over the world for Free.
- Material Design Icons: I love the concept of material design icons from google, I use them almost in all of my designs.
- Icon Jar: Icon Jar Interface does a great job of saving you a lot of time looking around for a certain icon.
Collaboration and Communication
- InvisionApp: Yes, and again, Invision is the best design tool ever, for collaborating with stakeholders and sharing design assets with developers in a push of a button.
- Dropbox: I find it very convenient clouding service for sharing my files with the team because it keeps all my shared files in one place. And if I wanted to switch to another similar tool, I’d rather us Abstract.
- Gmail: The most effective Email service I can recommend is Gmail.
- Zoom: For Video conferencing and remote video calls with your team or clients.
There are many other tools, which can be added to this list, but to keep the article as short as possible, and for the sake of time this is the top and most basic design tools I’m using to get the job done 😉
I hope you guys find value in this article!