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What are the Design tools you use in your daily work flow?

To all designers out there, what are the tools you use? I am talking about the tools you use every day, the tools that are absolutely vital to your work!
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    Sketch

    Vector only UI design

    Niklaus GerberCrafting outstanding digital services · Written
    Replaces Illustrator and Photoshop for my workflow
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    AbhijithCo-Founder, Tenory · Written
    Best tool out there to design. Right from quick flowcharts & wireframes to detailed pixel perfect designs.
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    Aaron NgAR @ Facebook · Written
    The definitive design tool right now. Many other great contenders, but Sketch really kills it.
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    Zeplin 1.0

    Collaboration & handoff for UI designers/frontend developers

    AbhijithCo-Founder, Tenory · Written
    Design handover is a breeze with zeplin. Love the commenting feature too. Devs love it coz all the design assets come ready in all sizes and formats at their fingertips.
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    Basil AbbasFounder and CTO, https://clockit.io · Written
    Design collaboration with engineering at its best!!
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    InVision

    Prototyping and collaboration for design teams

    AbhijithCo-Founder, Tenory · Written
    Not sure how your design looks when in the hands of a consumer, invison is the best way to prototype. I use it to build quick prototypes and also to get feedback from team members. It helps devs to understand the flows as well.
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    • Dennis WeinhardtDigital Designer (UI/UX/Web)

      I love everything about InVision.

      Since I started using it 3-4 years ago they improved so many things and added really useful features. They collaborate with so many top designers of the industry that they always know what we want. I really appreciate the effort, time and love they put into their products and it's always fun to use them.

      The tools I use on a weekly basis are:

      InVision (Webapp); Freehand; Craft; Designbetter.co

    • Elena AvramenkoCo-Founder at PopAppFactory

      All my designers loves the service, but I am struggling to use it, I find its UI/UX uncomfortable and not obvious. The most terrible is a mobile version of the web-site, extremely slow.

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    Dribbble

    Show and tell for designers (web interface inspiration)

    Dan VineyardProduct Designer · Edited
    It is a great place for design inspiration.
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    MuratOdrJunior 3D Artist · Written
    I use Dribbble for inspiration, a great place whit great designer.
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    The Noun Project

    Big database of icons/symbols (public domain, cc, etc.)

    David BaruchelFounder, CaptainParrot & Start The F* Up · Written
    Great for icons and for inspiration (how could one simply represent a difficult concept ?...)
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    Extremely useful and endless!
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    Sergio GhibelliniUX lover /Motion freak · Written
    Awesome!
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  6. jnlwsProduct Designer · Written
    Maintaining a collaborative design ecosystem is a large undertaking. Wake provides a no-bullshit environment where my team can mind-meld and I can constantly have a high level view of how design projects are taking shape. Teamwork makes the dream work.
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    The most natural way of sharing and improving your design with your teammates or client. Give feedback and be updated. Cannot really understand how people are getting things done without.
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    Principle

    Animate your ideas, design better apps

    When I need to show animations in just a minute. New mirroring with saving prototypes for offline usage is awesome by the way.
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    Jad LimcacoProduct Designer · Written
    Principle is awesome! Still the fastest and easiest tool out there in my opinion for micro-interactions.
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    • Julie DelanoyDesign at Product Hunt

      I use Principle mostly for quick demos when I try to communicate interaction ideas with my teammates. Principle is very good for this if you're not trying to create something too fancy but really want to share your ideas. Word to the makers: Keep the good work!

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    Adobe XD

    An end-to-end solution for designing & prototyping

    Mutinda BonifaceSoftware Developer and Entrepreneur. · Written
    I am a software developer who also does UX and I love the simplicity of the tool.
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    Aaron KazahSoftware Developer and Anime Enthusiast. · Written
    This is pretty much what I use. I find I'd recommend it to any designer who wants to quickly create designs. It's also not bloated like sketch and is lightning fast.
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    Framer Studio

    A new interaction design tool

    Sarah KuehnleHead of Product @ Dribbble · Written
    I love the flexibility of Framer Studio. With new updates for quickly adding components, working with Type, an active community sharing their work, and easily sharing animations and transitions with developers, this is a tool I can't live without. It's easy to share my prototypes with the team using Framer Cloud too. Can't say enough about this awesome tool.
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    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Jonathan SimcoeFuturist, with reservations. //////\ · Written
    Dropbox Paper is a great space for collaborative documents that help inform the creative process.
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    • Instant ExpertInstant Experto, Vlogger

      Its a great tool for starters, For teams I do not recommend. there are lots of apps that do the same, even google docs is more intelligible when collaborating and working with. But we already have OneNote, Evernote, Word Online, with lots of features way ahead Paper.

    • zedgoatChemist, Developer, Stoic.

      Use Paper to manage technical stuff and my team, and love it. Just the right number of features, document crosslinking and image embedding fits my needs exactly, and works for quick notes or longer documents.

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    Webflow CMS

    Build professional dynamic websites without any code

    Ayush Mittal27bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · Written
    I use Sketch and Webflow. There is a little learning curve to get around the editor, however, I'm always doing more than I've planned, especially by making use of its powerful interactions.
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    Anand SoniFreelance UX/UI Developer · Written
    This tool is just fantastic...And its customer support is also damn high. It helped me creating complex HTML pages in less than 15 mins with all interaction and styling.
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    Flawless App

    Make your iOS apps look exactly like the expected design

    Alex KukharenkoEntrepreneur, Designer · Written
    Love this tool and here is why: as a product designer, I worry about making a design perfect, but after passing a design process, UI often gets worse by weak collaboration with developers and the final app design just doesn't look the same with what I've designed: distances, colors, fonts, positions might be WRONG. But hopefully, there is a solution - Flawless App which allows to magically compare Sketch design and final design in Xcode. I am confident that a Sketch design will be delivered with the exact look.
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    Figma 1.0

    The first interface design tool with real-time collaboration

    Jonathan SimcoeFuturist, with reservations. //////\ · Written
    I implemented this tool @meetcircle and the team still uses it. I also use it to power all my personal digital design work for screens and web. Figma is the best interface design tool on the market, bar none. Components allow you to build living design systems on your own or with a team of people.
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    Stefan Theofilos8Product Designer, Entrepreneur · Written
    I transferred my team over to Figma from Sketch and I love it!. The real-time collaboration is key.
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    Niklaus GerberCrafting outstanding digital services · Written
    Awesome collaborative UI-Design-Tool
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  14. Jesse KorzanProduct Design @ Klue · Written
    Handy little tool for when I want to evaluate a design or decision in a real context, screen or device. Works across all fidelities. And it's free...
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  15. Niklaus GerberCrafting outstanding digital services · Written
    Use it all the time. Annotations, Screensharings etc.
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    David TiongOwner, David Tiong Web Consultancy · Written
    Quick and easy way to share design previews and proposed changes with clients, either with screenshots or quick gifs or videos
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    Marvel 2.0

    Super simple design, prototyping and collaboration

    Julien DeveauxDigital Product Designer & Entrepreneur · Written
    A very simple tool to create interactive prototypes
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    Scott StephensProduct Designer, The App Business · Written
    I use Marvel for prototyping, it's lightweight and fast to use and can also be hooked up with Lookback that can record users when testing your prototypes.
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    Reduce by Flawless App

    Compress huge Sketch files in an instant

    Reduce lets you compress huge Sketch files. I'm currently working on a Design System and Reduce comes in very handy in compressing the final size, as it will be pretty large. Asides, the Flawless App team are really great product owners!
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  18. 5
    Atomic.io 2.0

    Ultra fast, scalable and fully collaborative prototyping

    Kunal Bhatia50Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp · Written
    Despite not prototyping every day, I pull up the Atomic site every day to collaborate with devs, explain a product to users, and test prototypes of new features with research participants. After you build up a library of prototypes, you understand how powerful this practice can be, whether or not you use Atomic or some other prototyping tool.
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    • Kunal BhatiaCo-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp

      Atomic is my go-to solution for ideating, creating something to test with customers, and communicating with developers. You can get an idea of how I use prototyping tools in general here. It includes an overview of many tools in this space.

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    iA Writer 4

    Embed images, tables and text as blocks of content in text

    Aaron NgAR @ Facebook · Written
    iA Writer (and Google Docs for the final shared document). Perfect place for throwing ideas down and solidifying them. I use iA writer along with Sketch as the first part of any project and as the screens become more and more fleshed out start moving more and more of the notes into the Sketch file itself.
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    Lingo

    File hide in folders, visuals live in Lingo

    AhmediOS/macOS Engineer. Founder of Flawless · Written
    Lingo is really great for assets management. And it has cloud sync so you can distribute same design language across the team.
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