By the time I am writing this, Analog has crushed its goal already on Kickstarter. This proves that well-thought out design can be feasible, it all depends on the conceptual idea and its execution. Our good pal over Ugmonk has an incredible history of designing and making useful items that truly enhance our lives whatever that is on the lifestyle and now on our productivity level.
Framer (www.framer.com), maker of the popular desktop interactive design tool, today announces the launch of its new browser-based prototyping platform, Framer Web. Given that today’s product experiences require the use of animations, transitions, and real data, designers require a better tool that helps them validate with real users without having to build the app.
For more than a decade, I have tried LOTS of productivity tools that would somehow satisfy my demands in terms of my daily workflow whatever it was on the profession and on a personal level. But with time, I would always find little imperfections within the product, you know us being a designer. You always questioned your little routine 'picky-ness', to make sure you always bring the best of your skills alongside with the right tools. For the past 6 months, I have been using Notion.
Following up my article on Notion, the next-level productivity tool that literally changed my life, if you were looking to get started with Notion, I thought it would be great to share with you a list of templates that were built by Notion and its supporting community. It's a wide range of templates that would go from meeting notes, budget, reading list and etc.
The fine folks from WIX shared with us their latest SEO tools for your WIX site where you can rank higher and grow your search engine visibility. Which is super important when you are building your product and/or services to get the right amount of exposure. With your WIX site, you can definitely benefit from these features and whatnot. From the loading time to the 'instant' Google indexing, there will be something for everyone to choose from. For more information or simply get started now.
What a great time to be a designer, even better if you are working with UI and UX. If you stop for a minute and think that less than five years ago there landscape of tools for UI and UX were very poor. Fireworks was gone and Sketch was in its infancy. Fast forward to today and the story is very different. There's an abundance of tools and they keep getting better. That's the case of the new Adobe XD version that Adobe released today. Go ahead you can download it already.
Adobe has recently announced huge news with the introduction to their Open Platform. With the month of September, Adobe XD has released new tools to help you design multiple screen sizes, timed transition elements. With responsive design of being now an industry standard, I am more interested in the new timed transitions. It will allow us to simulate the effects of loading states, looping animations and more.
Adobe has announced big news with Adobe XD where they are opening its platform to enable users to customize their tools through an ecosystem of community and partner-built plugins. Leveraging their APIs, developers can now build on top of XD, adding new features, automating workflows and connecting XD to the tools and services designers use every day.
Let us introduce Artboard Studio, what is it? Let's say it will be the first and last mockup creator tool you will ever need. It's a browser-based application that let you create your own mockups, remember those huge Photoshop file? No more! I have been using it in Beta for a couple weeks now and I am loving it! First of all, it's integrated with most of our design tools like Sketch, InVision Studio, Framer, Photoshop and more. In the screenshot below, as you can see the UI interface is quite similar to Sketch.
If you are a Windows user, this should be a cool tech just for you. Made for Windows, the fine folks from Adonit introduced recently the Adonit Ink Stylus. I liked the fact that you don't need an app nor a bluetooth connection, just power the stylus and you are ready to go! Navigate, tap or write as you will and with 80 hours of battery life and a full charge time of just 45 minutes by USB, travelling with the INK could not be more convenient.
A few months back, we've featured Freehand by Craft on ABDZ, it was a tool that allowed you to collaborate in real-time for brainstorming, exploration, presenting and you name it. I've personally used it and it's really a well-built and super useful tool to have around. Today, the kind folks over InVision are announcing that Freehand is now available through the platform itself alongside your prototypes and boards. Now all in one central place!
UXPin is introducing Design Systems, a tool to fix our design inconsistencies. We all have experienced within a project, the back-and-forth between us designers and developers for inconsistencies with the font, colours and etc. Well, UXPin has made a tool to remedy just that integrates with Sketch. You'll be able to create libraries and change to "master" elements that updates everywhere. It also includes a Sync for your documentation and enhance your collaboration with a standardized design where both can approve on principles, patterns and etc.
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.
It’s a great time to be a designer especially in terms of access to information, resources and tools to get our job done effectively. Today, to make things even more exciting, the lovely people from Framer launched Framer Design. In my opinion, this is the new standard for UI/UX design tools. The reason I am so adamant about my statement is because it brings design and code closer together than ever before.
Having prototyping tools within Sketch is something I've been waiting for quite some time now. And it's finally here! Introducing Craft Prototype by InVision. Sketch is such a powerful tool for UI design, you can to explore your workflow to a newer level by being able to prototype using Craft. Give it a try so are we. We should probably share some of our tips soon on our overall experience, what do you think?
There is no greater time than our present to be working as an interaction designer and beyond. There's many great tools out there and brands that are working tirelessly to provide the latest of technology to improve our workflow. One of them are the mighty gang over InVision and this time is about acquiring TrackDuck; an award-winning visual feedback and issue tracking tool used by thousands of teams around the world.
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.
In my career, I had many many opportunities to create within a group that were in the same room like a workshop type of thing. Other situations where you are working with a team where they are scattered all over the World through different timezones is on the other hand making things harder though. It’s quite hard at times because we are not in the same room but things have changed with the mighty folks from InVision. Introducing Freehand, their latest from Craft to collaborate in real time fast and flexible at the same time.
The mighty folks over InVision is announcing today their all-new app named: InVision for iOS 2.0. What is it? It’s their latest addition to increase your workflow in terms of feedback. As we all aware that in our work, we are always going through workshops and presentations where sometimes we’ll miss some of the missing keys: stakeholders. Everyone is busy but with this app, you can make things easier and even on-the-go.
We would like to share an announcement from the great folks over InVision and this time is about what we've introduced last month (or so), a tool that makes design-to-development process better for everyone. What do they mean is delivering PSDs or Sketch files to your developers, is now a thing of the past.