How To Survive The Digital Design Landscape

  • Programming

  • Atom

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS BSD ... Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Extensible, cross-platform text editor with a rich ecosystem of plugins and themes.


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  • UI Design

  • Sketch

    Commercial Mac Website

    Sketch is seen by many as the app that reignited the digital design landscape. After years of being stuck with Photoshop and Illustrator, designers finally had a truly great design application for the Mac. Sketch is still one of the best applications for web and app designers. It's fast, beautiful and has many powerful tools.


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  • Framer

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Website

    Ready to make your designs interactive? Framer is the way to go. It's a powerful tool that allows you to create complex prototypes with ease. It requires a tiny bit of programming, but the application makes it easy to learn. Framer has a built-in design mode, but you can also import files from Sketch. If you have any questions about Framer, there is a friendly community on Facebook that is happy to answer questions.


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  • Figma

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Chrome OS Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    Figma is a new, web based Sketch challenger. Since it's in the cloud, you don't have to worry about versioning documents or sharing specific versions of files. All your designs are always up to date. It also allows you to collaborate with other designers in real time.


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  • Prototyping

  • InVision

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    InVision is a great app for quickly turning your Sketch or Figma designs into clickable prototypes that you can send to clients. It's not as advanced as Framer or Origami Studio, but it makes up for it in speed. In minutes, you can hook up your designs and connect different buttons and pages. Perfect for getting client sign-off quickly.


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  • Origami Studio

    Free Mac iPhone Website

    Origami is another prototyping tool from Facebook. It has a drag and drop interface in which you connect different nodes in order to build prototypes. It has a lower learning curve since it doesn't require any programming, but prototypes quickly become complex and when that happens, Framer may be a better choice.


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