When it comes down to design it is a fast-paced environment that requires designers to have a precise and meticulous approach. The turnaround for design projects is constantly getting lower while expectations on quality and speed continue to rise. It is more important than ever to avoid unproductive UX workflows and tools. Using the best UX tools will increase your design efficiency and quality.
The key to choosing the right tool comes down to a handful of different categories. The questions you should ask when evaluating UX tools include:
Is it easy to use on a daily basis?
Does it allow for straightforward collaboration?
Does it integrate with your other tools?
To what degree will the tool solve your problem?
If a UX tool is a solution for all of these questions, then it will benefit your business. Not sure which tools may solve these business problems for you? Don’t worry we have reviewed the most popular UX tools below so you can decide which one is the best choice. However, bear in mind that different UX tools specialise in different aspects such as wireframes or prototyping.
Figma is an exceptional collaborative UX tool for prototyping. Figma was an early standout for collaborative projects as it allows multiple users to work on the same design at once. The ability to co-edit live will greatly boost the efficiency of your team and allow for real time results. Figma is ideal for creating quality prototypes and wireframes.
Figma is cloud software. It means that you do not need to install or save anything. You whole team can view the progress of prototypes and workflows as they are created which keeps teams informed of status of projects.
Adobe launched XD as it UX tool. It has certainly improved over the last few years. It caters for both quick sketch wireframes and high-fidelity prototypes. It is similar to Sketch and works great as a lightweight vector graphics editor. It is better than Sketch as it also works on Windows. Creating elements allows you to generate animated transitions on XD.
Adobe XD allows you to share your documents for collaboration. However, the big drawback from XD is the fact you can not have multiple team members work on the same project simultaneously.
Sketch was one of the first tools catering to element-based design. Sketch has gained a huge market share from being early to the market and ironically influenced Adobe to create their own rival tool. Sketch is a fantastic design tool for wireframing, ideation, and prototyping. It has a clean and easy-to-use interface which makes it great for smaller UX projects.
The main reason it is better for smaller projects is the collaboration issues. Sketch is only available on macOS so it doesn’t allow for collaboration with Windows or any other platforms. Compared to Figma’s high level of collaboration, Sketch is very limited in that department.