UX Designers need tools to support the efficiency of their workflow. These tools are able to assist UX designers in their design processes; sketching, wireframing, prototyping, user testing, handoff, optimization, and more.
If you just started your career as a UX Designer, these top 7 barriers factors that prevent efficient workflow are worth to take note of: Technological, Habitual (or lack of habit) Work location Cost Security Bad UX Time Human blockers (coworkers,boss) With the right tools, UX Designers could boost their work efficiency as it helps to: Assist with work Scalability Assist with work Continuity Maintain workflow Share work progress Collaborate with internal and external team Focus more on the design part Use common language that could be understand by all
In this blog, we will highlight the top must-have tools for UX Designers by 2 of our mentors,
Ann Criqui, the Director of User Experience at Flatirons Solutions and Joy Liu, the Staff Product Designer at ServiceNow. Saved this blog for your future reference! Ann Criqui recommended tools: Credit: UX Planet
One of the top convenient UX Designer tools User-friendly: easy to import and export creatives Time-saving: Work can be shared across the team seamlessly Project collaborators are able to comment and view comments together It’s free!
Learn how to use Figma in a fun and collaborative way
here. Credit: TechCrunch Good integrations with other plugins and apps User-friendly: creating and editing can be done easily Less complicated menu Fast exporting materials Easy to share projects across the team
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13 reasons why you should use Sketch. Credit: UX Collective Claims to provide 10x productivity increase Simple interface which allows fast learning Easy drag and drop option: filling design content Quick handoff process Great prototyping tool
View simple designs using Adobe XD
here. Credit: InVision
Can be used with static images, able to organize design into sections, and grouped design by the project. Easy and fast to learn Hot spots are based on click-throughs Able to create interactive mockups Mobile design-friendly
Read more on the benefits of using InVision
here. Credit: Protopie A hi-fi prototyping tool Supports symbol-like components Provide easiest and quickest keyboard shortcuts Allow prototypes recording Beta Voice prototyping
You can find more tutorials on how to use Protopie
here. Credit: Axure.com A steep learning curve, but so many possibilities. Build realistic and functional prototypes Unlimited interactive possibilities Powerful widgets No code required
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here. Joy Liu recommended tools: Whiteboarding (actual whiteboard or Miro/ Mural) Use to capture ideas or to collaborate Credit: Miro.com Visualizing design concept Figma / sharpies, paper sketches/anything can be a sketching medium Building a prototype to help your design concept come alive Figma, paper prototype, or even building it out of PowerPoint Development handoff Figma / Zeplin Credit: Zeplin.io Other UX Designers must-have tools: Credit: Windows Activator
Focus on lo-fi wireframes Experience of sketching on a computer Allows you to focus more on structure and content A variety of built-in options and community-generated UI controls and icons Claims to be everyone first UX tool
Read the reviews on Balsamiq
here. Connect researchers and participants Recruit research participants in hours Filter option to reach the best candidates for each study Trusted by customer-centric companies Pay only for completed sessions.
Detailed information about User Interviews is available
here. All-in-one: Design, animate, and prototype Easy to edit dynamic layouts Audio metering: create visualizations from live audio or recording samples Insert images from your Camera Roll Offers haptic feedback
Origami design makes app design easier than ever. Get user insights in hours Enable remote-testing Offer reports for every test Share users surveys across the globe Specifically design user testing for different types of job roles.
Get to know the Maze community stories
here. One of the best wireframing tools Claims to be 6 times faster than other tools Using production-ready UI components Update properties within states with just one click UXPin Mirror: Preview your prototypes with mobile devices fast and easy
View more information on UXPin
here. UX tool for web design Simplifies work at different development stages Plan content Increase sales conversion and bring interest to business proposal Allow offline work
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10 FlowMapp features that boost collaborative online work. Tech tools are constantly changing and updating to fit the current demand. If you need assistance on which tool to use and how to use it, book a 1:1 session with our mentor! Contributors:Ann Criqui(ADPList Mentor) Director of User Experience at Flatirons Solutions ADPList Profile: https://adplist.org/mentors/ann-criquiLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annvivian/
Joy Liu(ADPList Mentor)
Staff Product Designer at ServiceNow ADPList Profile: https://adplist.org/mentors/joy-liuLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/enjoyinjoy/ Editor and Writer:Farah Radzi Content Marketer and Writer at ADPList LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/famr/