Leading screen design tool in 2018

almost 6 years ago from Korey Hall, User Interface Designer

  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 6 years ago

    Sure for the client the end result is all that matters, but for the designer, the developers, etc the tool has a huge impact on how quickly, efficiently, and cleanly you can build a design.

    You can paint a skyscraper with a toothbrush, but I'd much rather do it with a paint roller or spray, and I will get better results.

    If that wasn't the case, we would never develop new tools.

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    • A. N.A. N., almost 6 years ago

      But what if you painting a skyscraper with toothbrush has a better visual result in the end, would you use a paint roller or spray, I would definitely use the toothbrush instead, but hey that's just me

      Not saying that a designer shouldn't be worry with time and handoff, just saying that the designer main concern should be always the quality of the work they are putting out, and not which tool is the best and I'm only going to use that for the rest of my life, thinking like that you as designer will never evolve, you will always be doing the same type of work, using different tools you get different results and therefore you can innovate and improve your skills.

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      • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 6 years ago

        I think you are hearing the opposite of what I am saying. I am not saying stick with one tool, I am saying DON'T get hung up on one tool. There are lots of designers still using Photoshop for UI design and swear by it and make the argument that the tool doesn't matter, only the results and the designer's ability to use that tool.

        I would argue that in my analogy the toothbrush doesn't give you as good results. You aren't going to get as clean of an SVG from Photoshop as you will from Illustrator or Sketch or coding it yourself.

        I find that a lot of designers and developers are actually very hesitant to try new tools or workflows, and when I try to point out the distinct benefits they say "the tool does't matter, only the final result".

        See what I mean?

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        • Mitchell BMitchell B, almost 6 years ago

          I'm baffled by how many people use Photoshop over Illustrator for UI designs. There are better tools than Illustrator, but Ai is already head and shoulders above Ps for interfaces. Do they just refuse to learn Ai? That said, I've been forced to use Powerpoint and Keynote for iOS apps before, which was literally a nightmare (seriously, I had dreams about endless pixel pushing)

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          • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 6 years ago

            I think it's mostly familiarity for the majority, but there are some Photoshop experts on here like Marc Edwards from Bjango who is apparently working on another Sketch competitor.

            I will never use Photoshop for UI design, but to be fair it does do better exporting of bitmap content than Illustrator does (like gradients that are too complex for CSS).

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