16 Product Design Tools You Need in Your Arsenal

As a product designer, you need a solid arsenal of tools to support your workflows. Fortunately, you’ve got a ton of options regarding product design tools, actually, it might be too many!

Just wow!

It’s easy to get lost or let your stack get completely out of control. And there’s no perfect mix; no universally-accepted ideal combination.

Altogether I’ve narrowed the field down to nine that cover all the major bases:

Each has a short little descriptor so if you’ve never heard of them before, you can get a quick idea of their offering.

Enjoy!

Prototyping & Design

Adobe XD: Fast & Powerful UI What is UI? A User Interface (UI) is the medium through which a user connects with the hardware or the software. When a user interacts with a hardware or a… /UX Design Tool

Users love the consistent cohesion and consistency the software affords, even when projects are moving with a swiftness! Almost no guesswork, centralized, and Adobe is always optimizing and making their products better.

Figma: An Interface Design Tool

Cloud-based collaboration has unique demands, so Figma’s ability to streamline the complexities in the digital design process and put them into a browser-based tool is outstanding!

Sketch: The Digital Design Toolkit

Whether you’re just starting out and beginning to draw and visualize your team’s ideas, or you’re the equivalent of a Jedi Master, Sketch is an incredibly versatile tool. In their own words:

Create, prototype, collaborate, and bring your ideas to life with the design platform used by over one million people — from freelancers to the world’s largest teams.”

InVision: Digital Product Design & Workflow

You and all your competitors are asking for more, and more, and more… designer efficiency, communication, and collaboration. InVision as a platform has so much to offers the software has become extremely popular across most categories — features always expanding.

You can use InVision, to take designs from ideation to realization without any additional interference from another software.

Flowmapp: Visual Sitemaps

For Flowmapp, their stack is for planning What is UX? UX is the abbreviation of User Experience and refers to an individual’s thoughts and feelings when using a specific product or a service. It aims to heal… environments and creating stunner websites and web-based products. Clean and easy. From their handy take on flowcharting and site mapping to putting together sharp personas and customer journey What is a Customer Journey? The customer journey map is a customer experience term that is widely used in businesses from different industries to better understand potential customers. A customer… maps, this is without question one of our favorites.

Adobe After Effects: Stunning Animations of All Sorts

For Product Designers, now we’re talking about video editing features like Chroma key cutting, text animation, visual effects, camera tracking, motion tracking, motion graphics animation, titling, color grading, etc. that takes ho-hum videos and makes them dazzling (or at least far more effective).

Adobe Illustrator: To Illustrate

  • All those you can easily integrate with other Adobe products.
  • Creating highly-effective graphics for printing and web use.
  • Overall most everyone agrees their UI is rather user-friendly.
  • There’s basically infinite resolution available for vector graphics.

UserGuiding: To Guide

UserGuiding enables you to educate and activate users throughout their user journeys with interactive UX elements, without any coding.

With UserGuiding, you can:

  • Onboard new users with product tours,
  • Send in-app messages to improve user engagement What is User Engagement? User engagement refers to the interaction of users with a business’ product or service. The term is usually used as, however, the users being active. Especially… ,
  • Create onboarding checklists to help users progress,
  • Group users and offer content based on their segments,
  • and more!

Here’s UserGuiding’s user-friendly dashboard that sets you up with an in-depth analytics from day 1:

And here are various features of UserGuiding, displayed at once:

You can try UserGuiding for free or schedule a call from below:

Team Collaboration

Zeplin: Collaboration and Handoff for Product Teams

First, Zeplin is less expensive with everything being considered. We feel, and many users agree, that it’s also time Zeplin’s system can save compared to the more conventional ‘always chasing down data’ platforms. At the end of the day, it’s also relatively stress-free and user-friendly in terms of core navigation.

Miro: Whiteboard and Collaboration

You’ll notice right away how simple and streamlined it is, and the pre-built templates can help steer the way. Whether you keep lots of information categorized on your ‘endless board’ as mind maps or other kinds of hierarchies, Miro is worth consideration.

Asana or Monday.com: Task Management

Whether you opt for their UI or Monday’s, the goal is to help you and your team get past the noise to get down to business. And they have the data to back that up — Asana boasts of making users more efficient, reducing email/meeting clutter, and allowing more buckets of elbow grease to work their magic.

When you’re working in a way that really works for you, turns out you manage your time better!

Notion: Team documentation

Notion is a perfectly-timed solution that’s suddenly been jumping the charts in the same way Zoom did as our world adjusted to new ways of doing business thanks to COVID-19. Notion’s sleek workflow/project management software has actually started to appeal to the younger generation, its name spreading all over social media.

User Behaviour Inspecting

Hotjar: Website Heatmaps & Behavior Analytics Tools

Try not to get lost. We like HotJar because it’s affordable and provides a wide variety of tools along with heatmaps — funnel tracking, user polls, user surveys, etc. The program is also insanely easy to get going and start recording data.

Icon Management

IconJar: The Icon Organizer

Rather than being some time-sink where you constantly have to deep dive to browse icon sets, IconJar makes it incredibly quick and user-friendly.

Web Development

Webflow: Responsive Web Design Tool, CMS, Hosting

Through an application like Webflow, professional web designers can build with a canvas-based approach where conventional coding isn’t required. The platform has rapidly evolved due to its popularity and now offers CMS solutions, hosting, along with handy tech for eCommerce and putting together other digital experiences.

No-Code Tool Development

Bubble: To Build Web Apps

Since 2012 its growth has been steady, so today you can get support for huge complex software projects as well as simple apps. We’re keeping this is very simple because frankly, Bubble.io has a lot of native capabilities for advanced users like running custom code, connecting external databases to connect apps and run SQL queries and so much more. Startups can scale with it as they grow, which is always a huge concern.

“Full functionality, lets you create interactive, multi-user apps for desktop and mobile web browsers, including all the features you need to build a site like Facebook or Airbnb. Build out logic and manage a database with our intuitive, fully customizable platform.”

Conclusion

But the right combination of products gives a product designer their true power to realize their ideas and get things in motion.

Originally published at https://userguiding.com on January 28, 2021.

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