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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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  1. 181
    Sketch for Teams

    Take design collaboration to the next level in the cloud

    Niklaus Gerber
    Niklaus GerberI assist with digital innovation Β· Written
    Replaces Illustrator and Photoshop for my workflow
    AbhijithCo-Founder, Tenory Β· Written
    Best tool out there to design. Right from quick flowcharts & wireframes to detailed pixel perfect designs.
    Aaron Ng
    Aaron NgHyper (YC W21), Flocknet, FB, SQ, etc. Β· Written
    The definitive design tool right now. Many other great contenders, but Sketch really kills it.
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  2. 95

    Prototyping and collaboration for design teams

    AbhijithCo-Founder, Tenory Β· 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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  3. 96
    Zeplin 1.0

    Collaboration & handoff for UI designers/frontend developers

    AbhijithCo-Founder, Tenory Β· 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.
    Basil Abbas
    Basil AbbasFounder and CTO, https://clockit.io Β· Written
    Design collaboration with engineering at its best!!
    Shamit Khemka
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia Β· Written
    Best tool for leveraging your creative skills as a designer.
  4. 52
    A brand new Dribbble

    Discover the world’s top designers & creative professionals

    Dan Vineyard
    Dan VineyardProduct Designer Β· Edited
    It is a great place for design inspiration.
    MuratOdrJunior 3D Artist Β· Written
    I use Dribbble for inspiration, a great place whit great designer.
  5. 48
    Figma 1.0

    The first interface design tool with real-time collaboration

    Jonathan Simcoe
    Jonathan SimcoeEndlessly curious. //////\ Β· 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.
    Stefan Theofilos
    Stefan TheofilosProduct Designer, Entrepreneur Β· Written
    I transferred my team over to Figma from Sketch and I love it!. The real-time collaboration is key.
    Niklaus Gerber
    Niklaus GerberI assist with digital innovation Β· Written
    Awesome collaborative UI-Design-Tool
  6. 47
    The Noun Project

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

    David Baruchel
    David BaruchelFounder, CaptainParrot & Start The F* Up Β· Written
    Great for icons and for inspiration (how could one simply represent a difficult concept ?...)
    Extremely useful and endless!
    Sergio Ghibellini
    Sergio GhibelliniUX lover /Motion freak Β· Written
  7. 53
    Animation Desk

    Frame-to-frame animation app for beginners and professionals

    Anthony Powell
    Anthony PowellQA Manual Engineer from Germany Β· Written
    One software I use almost daily, mainly for creating short animations, is Animation Desk. What I like most about this application is the usability and responsiveness - I'm able to complete my tasks quickly throughout the day and by using this software on my Surface Book, I basically have no issues, I can pick up on the project whenever and wherever I am, so I'm not bogged down by a slow product. I recommend Animation Desk to those who want to accomplish their animations efficiently and on several devices.
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    I use Animation Desk for short animations and prototyping, so basically daily. It's a nice software to use for doing something fun and on the go, since it's available for tablets and phones as well. Easy to use as well.
    Jonah Rogers
    Jonah RogersStudent at UCSD Β· Written
    Animation Desk is a good software to use daily, which I do, since you're able to do a variety of things with it (animation, story boards, prototyping), so I use it daily for all kinds of projects, both for work and for fun.
  8. 42
    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Jonathan Simcoe
    Jonathan SimcoeEndlessly curious. //////\ Β· Written
    Dropbox Paper is a great space for collaborative documents that help inform the creative process.
  9. 36

    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.
    Jad Limcaco
    Jad LimcacoProduct Designer Β· Written
    Principle is awesome! Still the fastest and easiest tool out there in my opinion for micro-interactions.
  10. 25
    Adobe Spark

    Create social graphics, web stories and animated videos

    Extremely fast prototype tool with simple auto-animation feature. I don't even install and use "sketch" app I won at luckydraw.
    Mutinda Boniface
    Mutinda BonifaceSoftware Developer and Entrepreneur. Β· Written
    I am a software developer who also does UX and I love the simplicity of the tool.
    Aaron Kazah
    Aaron Kazahfounder @ layerbrain Β· 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.
  11. 30
    Wake Annotations

    A more powerful way to give design feedback

    jnlwsProduct Designer Β· 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.
    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.
  12. 17

    All-in-one web design platform

    Ayush Mittal
    Ayush MittalHead Of Digital Communications Β· 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.
    Anand Soni
    Anand SoniCo-Founder at Kapprion Β· 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.
  13. 15
    Reduce by Flawless App

    Compress huge Sketch files in an instant

    Alex Kukharenko
    Alex KukharenkoEntrepreneur, Designer Β· 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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  14. 11

    Great screenshot sharing tool

    Niklaus Gerber
    Niklaus GerberI assist with digital innovation Β· Written
    Use it all the time. Annotations, Screensharings etc.
    David Tiong
    David TiongOwner, Tiong Creative Β· Written
    Quick and easy way to share design previews and proposed changes with clients, either with screenshots or quick gifs or videos
  15. 9
    Marvel 2.0

    Super simple design, prototyping and collaboration

    JulihanDigital Product Designer & Entrepreneur Β· Written
    A very simple tool to create interactive prototypes
    Scott Stephens
    Scott StephensProduct Designer, The App Business Β· 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.
  16. 8
    Affinity Designer

    Vector art & design β€’ Imagined by designers, created for Mac

    An all around great tool for vector based graphics and designing anything from website, apps to logos, posters, etc. Drop in replacement for Illustrator and sketch.
    Aliveartworks85owner, Aliveartworks85 Β· Written
    Very easy to adapt to and great for vector art and ui / ux as well
    Earnest Tao
    Earnest TaoHeadline here Β· Written
    I just use it for everyday life, simple put powerful vector design, for beginners (like me), people who are coming from AI, or people who are important designers (not me).
  17. 7
    Reduce by Flawless App

    Compress huge Sketch files in an instant

    David Adamu
    David Adamudesigner of the future πŸ¦„βœ¨ Β· Written
    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!
  18. 5
    iA Writer 4

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

    Aaron Ng
    Aaron NgHyper (YC W21), Flocknet, FB, SQ, etc. Β· 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.
  19. 4

    File hide in folders, visuals live in Lingo

    Ahmed Sulaiman
    Ahmed SulaimanProduct Lead @ Pitch Β· Written
    Lingo is really great for assets management. And it has cloud sync so you can distribute same design language across the team.
  20. 4
    Product Design Weekly

    Digital product design newsletter

    Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal Bhatiadesign @mercury Β· 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.