Web design tools aid in simplifying workflow, helping designers work more quickly and efficiently. The right ones should help create amazing designs, solve site issues, and captivate users during their visit.
This year, even more web design tools are made available to streamline the designing process and reduce effort and time accordingly.
Here are the top 5 web design innovations of 2018. Some have been around for a while, some are new players in the field.
In case you missed it, Adobe has released their own wireframing and vector design tool. Released in October 2017, Adobe XD is equipped with modern drawing tools and sharing tools for easier collaboration. Like Photoshop, it allows the user to choose a preset artboard size for a particular project. It also allows for importing of leading UI kits, such as Google Material Design. For frequent users of Photoshop and Illustrator, XD will have a familiar feel since it’s geared with similar tools with added features.
Everyone must have known Sketch, a vector UI design tool and yes, it remains a leading web design tool this year. Web designers rave about this tool for a number of good reasons. One is it makes doing revisions much easier. Two, it allows for small document sizes, making UI design more flexible. In addition, it boasts a built-in grid system, which makes the work simpler. The user interface of Sketch is more minimal and cleaner compared to Photoshop, which makes it easier on the eye and more user-friendly.
Another Photoshop competitor that’s gaining popularity this year is Affinity Designer. It features a well-designed UI, with dedicated web and graphic design tools. Among the most notable selling points of this application are its adjustable, nondestructive layers, allowing the designer to adjust any image or vector without ruining them. Web experts will also enjoy its handy undo and history features, which allows one to go back to up to 8,000 edits.
Available both in free and paid versions, Figma is an interface design application that allows multiple users to work together real-time. It’s currently available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. When it comes to features, it has a feel similar to Sketch, but with added collaboration attributes. For most designers, Figma makes a great tool for designing landing page wireframes and website mockups and making edits to existing layouts.
Zeplin is a time-saving app that eliminates the pain of sharing design assets that don’t really translate well across different platforms (i.e. from Windows to Mac). It generates a quick reference for fonts, colors, and dimensions from designs. It even creates CSS and style guides, making collaboration much less of a hassle.
2018 is indeed a good year for the web design industry. From shiny new UI to stunning prototypes, a designer has a lot of possibilities to explore with these tools around. In the future, we can’t wait to see a new array of tools that will do more than just save time and effort. For sure, there’d be more!