User experience is everything that a customer experiences during the use of a mobile app. Recently, it has become an inseparable part of the app design process. That is because we live in a world where every day it becomes more challenging to win a customer that it ever was before. Today’s buyer is free to be picky about choosing the right provider because they have a wide range of products to choose from. Customers are also aware of the qualities and capabilities of competitive products.
Implementing UX design solutions helps app producers reach their target market because they make apps more functional, intuitive and, therefore, engage increases. A properly designed UX helps establish a positive relationship with a customer because he feels more comfortable using the product and it avoids app function misinterpretations. This builds a positive brand image and creates a chance for its growth.
Effective solutions are not developed by accident. They are an effect of multi-stage research, conceptual work, and creative design. Also, it would be impossible to create a user-friendly mobile app without appropriate UX design tools. But how to choose the best programs when there are so many of them? One could write an extensive handbook about tools, which could be useful when designing a mobile app. We decided to list the nine best UX design tools we think will help you create an out-of-this-world design for your mobile apps.
Here they are:
Adobe XD (Experience Design)
This tool was released only recently by Adobe. Adobe XD is a program that allows you to design and make prototypes of mobile and web apps. It is made for UX and UI designers. Adobe XD provides you with all the necessary tools needed to develop an app’s interface. It helps build apps navigation and typography. Adobe XD was created with the thought of quick and convenient design of apps without any programmation. When designing, you can easily navigate between the the visual design view and the app prototype, and also run your app to test your ideas. A lot of tasks like duplicating screens or creating grids have been automated. Adobe XD enables you to make project changes in real time. Moreover, you can create drafts and instantly share projects with other members of the team who are using Adobe Creative Cloud solutions.
Sketch is another excellent program for creating interfaces, websites, icons and other elements that will improve the UX of your app. Working with Sketch is not much different from working with a vector graphics program with the ability to group together shapes and name those groups to keep everything organized. The main advantage of Sketch is the ability to bring down rounded graphic elements to the nearest pixels, thanks to which, items look great on different screens, images do not have transparent edges and do not blur when scaling. Sketch always presents texts in the same way as they will look on the target devices and the iOS Mirror app lets you preview the project on an iPhone connected to the local network.
This popular prototyping platform allows UX designers to successfully manage their workflow, create interactive prototypes, and makes collaborations in a much more comfortable way. InVision enables you to integrate your project with Photoshop, which means that you can observe changes in the project in real time. Also, you can connect it to Dropbox, Box or Slack and present your work on virtual Boards. By choosing this program, you can be sure that you are working with continuously developed software of the highest class.
Axure RP also allows you to quickly create interactive prototypes of projects even if you have no knowledge of any programming languages. Moreover, this software provides access to useful tools that help analyze problems and find solutions for them. User interfaces for websites and network apps created in Axure RP can be both static and dynamic. The program was also equipped with a Data Flow Diagram and a mechanism responsible for generating specifications of the project that is being developed in a Microsoft Word text document.
Another interesting solution for rapid prototyping of mobile apps. It allows designing pixel-perfect icons, high-quality, responsive designs and many more. It features among many other functions a powerful SVG editor, adaptive layouts, and enables you to export formatted SVG and CSS code. The program is easily integrated with Photoshop and Sketch, which makes your work on interfaces and animations more effective. The app runs only on Mac computers.
This prototyping platform developed by Labs Division is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to design your own apps. It also requires no coding skills. Proto.io makes it easy to import your projects from Sketch or Photoshop, create the app flow, and preview your projects on any device by using a web browser or a mobile phone. You can also easily share your ideas with your teammates with a single click. It is a web app which you can test freely for 15 days before you decide to purchase it.
Marvel is a cool web-based prototyping tool that helps to bring your ideas to life. It requires no coding experience and its usage is straightforward - simple dragging and linking of elements. Among other exciting features, it allows you to import your projects from Photoshop or Sketch and create beautiful interactive and clickable prototypes for different devices.
This handy application can be helpful when creating graphs, diagrams or website designs. With OmniGraffle you have access to powerful tools that allow you to minimize the time devoted to graphics development, integrated into a very friendly interface. A great advantage of the program is its versatility of usage. The possibilities offered by the app are helpful for project managers, web designers, and professionals who need a tool for graphic imaging of the implemented project.
Adobe Photoshop is a developed and world-renowned program for editing and creating graphics. With 3D support, users can develop three-dimensional designs and combine them with their two-dimensional work. New versions of the program also allow users to create interactive prototypes of apps. Photoshop allows you to create sophisticated and advanced graphics consisting of hundreds of layers and high-resolution vector graphics. The user has full control over colors at the pixel level.
To create an amazing UX design, you don’t have to use all the apps we have listed. Have your design team test a few of these tools and stick with the one they think is the best.
Let us know what is your favorite UX design tool for creating amazing designs for mobile apps.
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