Are you wondering what programs UX/UI Designers use? Here are the industry-standard programs and software most used today.
These softwares are the programs UX/UI designers use to create wireframes, mockups, and prototypes.
- Figma – This is a completely free UX/UI design software great for beginners (and professionals).
- Adobe XD – A part of the Adobe Suite, so if you have that, then this is included.
- Invision Studio
- Framer X – A more advanced UI prototyping program. Especially geared towards animation.
- Origami Studio
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Usability Testing Tools
These are programs and tools used for usability tests and remote usability testing.
Free Resources for UI Design
To save time designers sometimes may use resources such as UI-Kits and plugins. There’s probably an endless list of such tools. But here are a few good ones that I’ve used.
- Figma Community – Designers share files that you can duplicate and use for free.
- UI8 – Both free and paid UI-Kits.
- Font Awesome – Free vector icons and logos to use.
- uiGradients – A website that generates gradients for you to copy and use.
- Unsplash – Free, beautiful, stock-images.
UI Design Inspiration
Most designers use inspiration in their work process. There’s no need to come up with everything from the ground every time. And taking inspiration from other designers can greatly improve your own work. Here are the resources I use most frequently to get design inspiration before, or during a project.
- Dribbble – A place where UX/UI Designers showcase their work. Great for inspiration.
- Behance – Design inspiration. Often contains more case studies than Dribbble.
- Muzli – Design Inspiration. They also have a super nice Chrome plugin so that every time you open a new tab, you’ll be met by new design inspiration.
- Mobile patterns – A library full of mobile UI UX Patterns.
- Instagram – There’s quite an active design community on Instagram. You can browse the tags #ui #uidesign and similar ones to find inspiration.
I hope this was helpful!
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