Today I want to share the best tools and apps for web designers with you. I will not compare them, as they are different, and you have to choose what you are comfortable working with. Іt's important to know what options exist, where it is best to apply them, and which tool can make your work faster and easier.
Popular design apps
When choosing an app, not only its quality or price is important, but also its popularity. Yes, it may seem absurd, but it can really make your work easier especially when you are working on a project as a team. You will not need to have apps for all team members and the information is easier to find when the tool is popular.
This list will streamline your workflow and boosts creativity.
Here is a list of design tools that I recommend:
The tool is fast, simple, and intuitive. This is one of the most popular tools currently for web designers. When I started working as a designer, I also used it, but then switched to another tool. (More about it below)
A relatively new tool for designers, the Sketch's main competitor. Simple, intuitive. The main benefit for me - several designers can work on one project at a time. You can easily share links with the design, Figma has a community where you can either manage your own design or see the work of other designers. It often makes work easier, because I can easily open a project that I like and take a mold from it, instead of drawing it myself, it really makes my work easier.
Works both in the browser and can be installed on your computer.
A good tool for UI designers, creating frames and prototyping. However, compared to Sketch or Figma, it lacks advanced features.
The interface is very similar to Sketch and Figma, so you can use these three tools interchangeably.
Webflow is a full-stack tool for creating functional and adaptive sites that can be hosted directly on their platform or exported and hosted outside.
I use it to create landing pages, although you can make complex sites. Easy to control elements, intuitive interface. Since the tool has great functionality, I still advise you to watch cool training videos on the platform - Webflow University. I recommend you to pay attention to this function if you want to not just do design, but entire usable web sites.
Photoshop - a popular program for creating sites was a few years ago, now a complete outsider thanks to Sketch and Figma. Works slower, has heavy files, is difficult to work with in a team, has no important functions for creating sites, and developers find it difficult to work with Photoshop layouts.
It's still a cool professional tool for photo processing and everything related to raster images.
Marvel is a web design tool that is great for prototyping. Easy to understand interface, really user-friendly. Marvel will easily turn sketches and images into clickable prototypes and help quickly understand what the future application will look like. Marvel is an online tool, so no need to download anything.
MockFlow is an application for wireframing and planning websites.
It's perfect for software developers, marketing, web designers, etc. This site is well for beginners. MockFlow offers to make the wireframe process faster and more efficient. MockFlow allows you to render a website or mobile app without coding.
Principle helps create animated and interactive prototypes. It's a popular tool for interface animations. Suitable for detailed customization of complex transformations between screens and different states.
Principle is a Mac-only app.
Zeplin is a desktop application that helps UI/UX designers and front-end developers to work productively in a team, saving their time. Using a special plugin, you can export artboards or elements from Figma, Sketch, and Adobe XD in just a couple of clicks. With Zeplin, developers can get the necessary code for the layout, can view font details, colors used, and applied styles with one click on an element and layer.
Avocode is an app that allows you to work with Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD, Photoshop & Illustrator files. Avocode will be useful for developers of mobile applications or UI designers. The application allows you to find out the block sizes, indents, fonts, styles, and much. Works on macOS, Windows, Linux.
Spirit - is a tool to create high-quality animations directly in the browser.
Overflow - tool for creating user interactions that can help you visualize the stories. Customizable and easy to use. Overflow integrates with Adobe XD and Photoshop, Sketch, and Figma. Useful if you want to work out every detail in the design pattern and user behavior.
Affinity Designer is an application for working with vectors or bitmaps. The tool works on Mac, iOS, Windows, and iPad. Good for creating art, printed projects, logos, icons. A tool useful for illustrators, web designers, game developers, and other creative people who love combination of vector and raster design tools.
UXPin - is a prototyping app that is available for Web, Mac OS, Windows.
UXPin has a huge library of components.
ProtoPie is a service for creating interactive prototypes. To create any Interaction, you need an Object + Trigger + Response. With its help it is easy to conduct qualitative and quantitative testing, to validate hypotheses and ideas. With ProtoPie you can easy control the sensors of modern devices and perform animation using tilt, sound, compass, or 3D touch.
Framer is a tool for interactive design development. You can create adaptive layouts, design realistic prototypes, and pass the code to developers - all in one place, to make web design process easier.
Much more difficult than some of the similar programs. Framer has a component library. Framer has a free plan and paid plans.
Anima is a tool for creating nice transitions and more complex animation interfaces. It's great for user experience designers. Anima has a free plan and paid plans. Export to Sketch, Figma, and Adobe XD, or to HTML or React.
Wix is one of the most popular and best website builders. Wix has a component library and template designs. You can see how you build your new beautiful site in real time. Wix has a user-friendly interface and a drag-and-drop editor.
19. InVision Studio
InVision Studio is an architecture-oriented web application/product design tool (UX / UI). It offers all the necessary materials for the transition from wireframing to UI design. You can collaborate in real time on an endless digital whiteboard.
Moqups is a web application that helps create frames, layouts, wireframes, charts/diagrams, and prototypes without switching apps or jumping across platforms in real time.
Procreate is an application for iPad, for professionals and beginner artists. Procreate allows you to create powerful illustrations, typography and make simple sketches. Great for graphic designers or illustrators.
Adobe After Effects is an incredible compositing software that makes great motion graphics and visual effects. Used in conjunction with the myriad of Adobe applications, like Premiere Pro and Animate, this application is a powerful tool for motion designers. The program is one of the best applications on the market.
Premiere Pro is a tool for editing videos, which are increasingly found on web pages as a background. Premiere Pro works great with Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Audition, and Adobe Stock.
Lightroom is a tool for color correction of a photo. It is necessary for catalogs and online stores. Easy-to-use tools like sliders and presets.
Adobe Illustrator is a great tool for drawing complex vector illustrations. Adobe Illustrator is good for creating everything from web and mobile graphics to logos, icons, book illustrations, product packaging, and billboards.
If you have not yet decided what to start creating your first web design work - start with Sketch, Figma, or Adobe XD. All three tools have similar interfaces.
They all have similar functionality, they work quickly and intuitively.
Other apps I mentioned here will be useful if you're already an advanced designer looking for ways to improve your workflow, not just starting out as a designer.
Remember that a design program is important, but so is the desire to develop as a designer and improve your skills every day.