Fonts Ninja is a tool/chrome extension that I have been using for a long time now. It's super handy when you are in the middle of a design process to gather font inspiration for your next web design project. Or when you stumbled across a site that you found quite fascinating and you ask yourself: 'What's the font they used?'. I think we all somehow ask ourselves this question at least once. Well, Fonts Ninja was always there handy for that need.
Figma should be part of your set of tools as designers and even as non-designers. They really changed the game in terms of how we work and how they have built (still going strong) a community surrounding the design tool and how you can contribute as well. They have introduced today two small features but quite impactful to your workflow. Say hello to 'Links and Search'. I think we all have been in this kind of situation where you have feedback and it is heard and now implemented within the tool.
I would like to share about a Figma plugin that I have been using lately and would like to share on ABDZ for your workflow. It's an Email Generator by Grigoriy Mashkovtsev. It's a useful plugin where you can design your own email template and export the HTML code from a frame. Simple as that! A little while ago, I took the liberty to share feedback on how Grigoriy can improve his plugin where I thought has a lot of potentials.
Adobe XD has shared their August Update and it's packed with updates for CSS Code Snippets in Design Specs, Improved Integration with Photoshop, and a New Frontier for XD Plugins. Their biggest update is obviously the completely new way to use 'plugins' within the 'Plugins Panel'. It's also enhancing the integration with other apps like Photoshop. They also improve the 'Component bounds' to help you create experiences faster and easier. We shared a couple of their updates here on ABDZ, let's check them out.
Last week, we have witnessed an introduction to a new design tool. Yes you have heard me! Whatever you think if it's a necessity or not, I decided to give it a feature and share an introduction. Say hello to Drama App which is an all-in-one design, prototyping, and animation tool. From the creators of PaintCode, Drama App is currently in BETA version and you can easily give it a spin yourself. I know I will, purely just as an exploration.
You must have heard the news by now and Figma Plugins are here! I have to be honest, it's a lot more than what we were expecting during the past weeks with teasers and articles on #behindtheplugin. Backed with experience and facing daily problems that current plugins have to actually push our workflow. They found out that (in their words) design plugins are not always reliable or secure. They’re often built on not fully-supported APIs.
Another great design tool Artboard Studio have just released 'Delicè', a brand design concept as a free and customizable series of templates can be used on their platform. For those, you never heard of Artboard Studio, we have featured them before on ABDZ as 'The last Mockup Creator tool you will ever need.
The kind folks from Webflow have just released their kickass and free comprehensive course that teaches you how to succeed as a freelance web designer. It doesn't stop there, it's going all the way from first of all 'getting the clients', 'proposal research', 'pricing your work' and a lot more.
Figma shared their latest updates and I have to admit. They are killing the game! ⚡ I am a big fan and it has definitely sped our workflow at ABDZ. This monthly update includes GIFs in prototypes, Figma plugins (coming real soon!), Text improvements within one click and more. Some are big and others are smaller enhancements BUT it overall this design tool is getting better and better. If you haven't tried Figma yet, I strongly advise you to give it a try. Like now!
Our friends from InVision took us by a storm today with the announcement of #InVisionStudio Platform. What is it? Well, it's simply to create the best screen design tool on a daily basis to achieve greatness. Cheesy?They believe that together we can build a unified work design environment for everyone. It's really nice seeing InVision engaging different companies too who really have the same goals at the end of the day.
Let me start by saying that the awesome folks from InVision are literally on fire lately. In a very good way, they are bringing their tool with more features and changing our way of working in this beautiful industry. Last week, we've featured their latest InVision Studio and now they are back and introducing InVision Design Manager. What is it?
On a very quiet Wednesday, the awesome folks from InVision took the whole design community by the storm by announcing their latest game-changing screen design tool. Introducing Studio, a desktop app where you will be able to design responsive apps, sites from the start to finish. I am talking from screen design, prototyping, advanced animation and a lot more. Imagine having everything in one place where you can also collaborate, handoff and create a design system.
We have featured the Wake: collaboration design tool before on ABDZ but now they are back. Launching a new plan and it's completely free! We know how effortfully it is to enforce the collaboration between designers and developers. It is also the case among designers too. Wake is a design tool that shares your progress (with a screen capture) without ever leaving Sketch, Photoshop and even Illustrator (through a keyboard shortcut). Then you can search it by people names, tagging, file types and dates.
Tools, I think we are having the luxury of a huge range of variety of tools to increase your productivity in your workflow as a designer and even as a developer. With having a huge quantity of tools, it’s hard to handpicked which one could work best for you but to actually try them. Here’s a starter if you’re into having a handy and useful design tool and palette of gradients, meet WebGradients.com.
The process behind designing a product is all about understanding the goals, the audience and what it's intended to do. It doesn't matter if it's a chair or a mobile app, the process is very similar, what changes are the tools and materials. For mobile apps, one of the most difficult parts of the process is to prototype with a high level of fidelity in quick turn arounds so we could test on the devices. The past year we saw an insurgence of great tools like Framer, Origami, Pixate, Invision and many others.