Let’s put some design tools into the spotlight today. What is the best tool for a designer? I strongly believe that a tool (digital or physical) is as good as the person making use of it. Does that mean you can build an entire app on Microsoft Paint? Probably you could if you put in the time and effort into it. Does that mean you SHOULD build an entire app on Microsoft Paint? Umm…absolutely not!
Designers are commercial artists, not fine artists. If you want to paint a masterpiece that you hope will eventually be sold, you can take all the time in the world to paint that one masterpiece and hope it’ll sell for millions in an art gallery or auction. Designers however, have a different set of goals and constraints – technological, business, brand related, and most of all creative. So to work effectively on a project you need the right set of tools that work the best for that task to save you time and money.
The Design Process
The design process for any project can vary vastly depending on the timeline and the nature of the product that you’re working on. Mainly UI/UX designers work on one of these products:
- Desktop Websites (It’s responsive – we’re living in 2019!)
- Mobile Apps
- Apps for wearable devices
- SAAS products (software as a service)
These are the most common projects that you’re likely to run into. Let’s talk a bit about each of them so we are all on the same page.
Here’s what a typical Product Design process looks like. This has been my personal process for the longest time. At the moment I lead the design for 2 South East Asian transportation solution apps and their web versions. On the side we are working on developing an internal tool for enhancing productivity and tracking our KPIs.
Let’s talk about the good stuff first! What makes SketchApp so amazing and something you would want to use for your project.
Exporting in Sketch
Exporting in sketch is made easy with the presets and number of options available. You can choose to export in PNG, JPG, TIFF, WEBP along side vector files like PDF, ESP, and SVG.
Before I forget to mention that you can choose the resolution of your exported raster images with 0.5x, 1x and 2x, making it so easy to work with developers.
Sketch came out with cloud and totally made everybody’s life easier! With sketch cloud you can upload your documents onto your account and share it with other designers and members of your team. You can upload prototypes for presentations however, there is no functionality of simultaneous editing of a document by multiple designers.
While Figma and adobe Xd were catching up with SketchApp, it seems like that being limited to MacOS has really limited the user-base for sketch over the past few years. Now designers, including myself have switched to Figma.