What makes a UI design tool? Presenting designs
There is an incredible array of apps available to help designers with their workflows and enable them to produce great work. A lot of the tools boil down to offering one or a number of these particular features:
Planning your interfaces is important. The ability to quickly concept layouts, functionality and map user journeys will provide a nice structure to your project.
Creating variations of your design for multiple devices can be laborious but is essential at times. With some tools, this is factored into the UI design workflow and is a time-saver.
This enables you to stitch together your designs so that a clickable prototype can bring your idea to life. There’s nothing better than testing your designs and seeing how they flow.
This the exciting part where you can breathe life into your designs by adding custom animations and transitions. This adds that nth degree to a polished prototype.
Working with other designers can be tricky if you’re working on the same thing. Many of these tools now enable more collaboration and help with consistency.
Collecting a library of design assets can be really handy for any project, especially when it comes to setting rules for components and styles. With one central design system, you will be sure to stay on track with your design’s look and feel.
When it’s off to the client for approval, an email back with all your changes can be a bit long winded and certain aspects risk getting lost in translation. Commenting accurately on design elements is a wonderful feature to have when working with clients. The presentation of your designs can be really helpful when reviewing and testing your interfaces. If you’re designing a mobile app, you should be reviewing it on a mobile.
Finished your designs and need to explain them to who is going to build it? At the tap of a button, your assets and specifications are all translated to a nice export. Job done.