Is prototyping coming back to primary design tools?

almost 5 years ago from Vu Hoang Anh, CEO & Co-founder at Avocode

  • brian sheridan, almost 5 years ago

    It kinda depends on what you mean by prototyping. Ultimately, Sketch and Photoshop are without doubt the best design tools. But, they have limitations when it comes to prototyping. That's why so many of the prototyping tools work with Sketch and have gone to so much trouble to develop Sketch integrations. There are also new tools coming online all the time which suggests that there is still room in there for a tool that has great design features but which also allows you to prototype and even handoff to developers. But, on top of that, tools that allow developers and designers to talk to each other are always going to make a splash as they are usable by more than just designers and developers. So, in the startup world that is a big plus. Also you have tools like Fluid UI, Zeplin and Figma which make it very easy to comment and give feedback on designs.

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    • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 5 years ago

      Ultimately, Sketch and Photoshop are without doubt the best design tools.

      Sketch definitely paved the way for the new era of design tools, but has quickly fallen behind in features and implementation. I don't think Photoshop was ever a good design tool, and I will never understand why people continued to use it over Illustrator in the pre-Sketch but post-skeuomorphic design era. The only thing it did better was rasterizing gradients.

      I'm not sure how much room there is for separate prototyping tools like this, Zeplin, or Invision when tools like Figma or Invision Studio have it built in. Especially if you want to prototype non-static screens with sections that scroll independently for example.

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    • John Jackson, almost 5 years ago

      Sketch is a great design tool. Photoshop, however, was never an ideal tool for design. Photoshop is fantastic when you need to manipulate photos, but people didn't use it because of how amazing it was for designing things; they used it because it was one of the few tools that existed that allowed designers to complete their tasks.

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