I hate Sketch because of sketch

over 6 years ago from , Product Designer

Its name. Sketch. Every time I search for specific help topics/tutorials, I get articles and discussions about actual sketching or SketchUp. Boo.

Possible downside of choosing such a generic name. Everything else is dandy. Thanks.


  • Maxime BodereauMaxime Bodereau, over 6 years ago

    i hate sketch because it's buggy. a lot.

    38 points
    • Chris CampbellChris Campbell, over 6 years ago

      Considering how few people work on it, and how new it is, compared to apps like Photoshop, it's pretty remarkable what they've been able to create.

      Sure, it's got bugs, but none I've come across are show-stoppers. Most of them are minor annoyances, and it's getting better and better with every release.

      13 points
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

        it's pretty remarkable what they've been able to create


        how new it is

        DrawIt 3.1: Dec 2009.

        Sketch 1: 2010?

        Sketch 2: Jan 2011.

        Sketch 3: April 2014.

        When does it stop being considered “new”?

        15 points
      • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, over 6 years ago

        Well they got our monies now, they should be able to hire more peeps right?

        1 point
      • Bennett WongBennett Wong, over 6 years ago

        What is a show-stopper? I've been using Sketch 3 since it came out, recently used it solely for a new project (feeling adventurous). Had some client feedback I needed to turn around super quick and discovered Sketch didn't like my subgroups and refused to align them properly in any way. Did all my alignments by eye. Punched a brick wall.

        I love Sketch to death I just wish wish wish it wasn't so buggy. I probably come across a handful of new bugs everyday. Some are minor but still f*cking annoying.

        1 point
  • Suleiman Leadbitter, over 6 years ago

    Naming an app is important. I searched on YouTube for 'Chocolat Mac Tutorials' seeing if there was anything to help me get the most out of my favourite code editor, but all I got was a massive selection of make-up tutorials for black women. Doh! :P

    10 points
  • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    (Worlds smallest violin plays a sad tune)

    9 points
  • Paulo PereiraPaulo Pereira, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Downvote this whole thread.

    8 points
  • Afnizar Nur Ghifari, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    It's because it's not support on Windows.

    7 points
  • Saurabh M, over 6 years ago

    I thought Sketch was pretty buggy too, until I started using Macaw. And that really setup what a buggy app, that shouldn't have been sold to users already, looks like. Fwiw, I think Sketch3 is pretty stable. Hasn't crashed on me in two weeks now.

    Now if only the grid would know where the artboards begin.

    4 points
  • Johannes IppenJohannes Ippen, over 6 years ago

    I hate it how whenever I try to find a good shop for photos online I end up in Adobe-tutorials. Every single time.

    4 points
  • Jack ElliotJack Elliot, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    This is a real problem. Still a damn good product though.

    4 points
  • Dan SimDan Sim, over 6 years ago

    Perhaps it will grow into Sketch.app, à la Mail.app

    4 points
  • Shakti DashShakti Dash, over 6 years ago

    its not the fault with the name, but rather your search query ;) Try "Sketch app tutorial" or "Sketch Bohemian coding tutorials" instead.

    3 points
  • Arma GetronArma Getron, over 6 years ago

    It also has nothing to do with sketching unless we want to get all philosophical about "what sketching really means"...

    2 points
  • Dean HudsonDean Hudson, over 6 years ago

    To me, the problem is that the name implies use for a lower fidelity, like wireframes. I use it for more polished UI designs not rough sketches.

    2 points
  • Cole TownsendCole Townsend, over 6 years ago

    Slack isn't about slacking off at work, it's about getting stuff done...but sometimes its easy to get off topic. Sketch isn't always about sketching or wireframes, but its in the neighborhood of design.

    1 point
  • Ken BarloKen Barlo, over 6 years ago

    I also run into this problem. I LOVE the product, but at times it can be difficult to remember to type in more than just "Sketch how to xyz". I usually end up typing "Sketch Bohemian how to do xyz"

    1 point
  • Account deleted over 6 years ago

    Yeah, I've gotten pretty good at wordsmithing my search queries. But dang I love this software.

    1 point
  • Bart Claeys, over 6 years ago

    I agree, experienced the same the other. Installed a SketchUp plugin by accident thinking it was a Sketch plugin.

    0 points
  • Dylan BaskindDylan Baskind, over 6 years ago

    True - I always find adding "app" is quite helpful for surfacing Google results. "Sketch app [blah-blah]" as a search terms.

    Also: Sketch has some annoying Just-Not-Working-Like-Advertised kind of bugs; and even as a diehard Photoshop // Illustrator designer, with all its quirky not-workings the number of times I whisper to myself: "Sketch is just so amazing, I love Sketch" really offsets those annoyances.

    0 points
  • David BlumDavid Blum, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Signed. I bought Sketch 3 a few days ago because of the new 'symbols'. The first test I made was to create a new document based on the included template "iOS App Icon". I thought, this is the good case to thest the symbols. And then Sketch 3 hardly failed:

    -Instances of Symbols aren't possible to scale independently! Bug? I dont know. After messing around with the stupid mask behaviour I wrote Apple Store to give me the $80 back.

    0 points
  • Nick TassoneNick Tassone, over 6 years ago

    Agree that it's a generic name but... is it really that hard to find the info you're looking for? Visit DN everyday, there's a thread a minute about it.

    0 points
  • David SurianoDavid Suriano, over 6 years ago

    Haters gonna hate.

    0 points
  • Gokhan KurtGokhan Kurt, over 6 years ago

    I totally agree with you. I think it's the most important problem for Sketch. They have to give it a unique name to increase reach.

    0 points
  • Kemie GuaidaKemie Guaida, over 6 years ago

    Agree! I suffer while googling for sketch related stuff, and glyphs(app) related stuff.

    I'm gonna do a web design app and call it "divs" and a forum app called "discussion"

    0 points
  • Nikhil SwaminathanNikhil Swaminathan, over 6 years ago

    You just echoed my sentiments completely! It almost validates the need for SEO (or they could just change the name and we go back to pissing on SEO :) )

    All my searches start with 'bohemian' - which doesn't really help either.

    0 points
  • Rıza Selçuk SaydamRıza Selçuk Saydam, over 6 years ago

    It is really hard to explain Design process to someone.

    Sketch > Wireframe > Mockup > Sketch App (What?!)

    Oh, it is different then sketching, The app's name is Sketch. (sounds silly)

    0 points
    • Tim GauthierTim Gauthier, over 6 years ago

      You shouldn't be discussing tools with clients, but for designers then it can be a fun and useful discussion.

      0 points
      • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 6 years ago

        What? Of course you can discuss tools with clients. Educating clients is super important.

        4 points
      • Rıza Selçuk SaydamRıza Selçuk Saydam, over 6 years ago

        This was discussion between designers but I am also agree with Sacha too.

        Educating clients is important and sometimes clients also wants to have source files too. So which type of source files will you send to developer might be problem if you don't specify tools you will use.

        0 points
  • Osandi Sekoú, over 6 years ago

    Give it time. Besides, there are only a few places where resources and discussions are shared. I think it will eventually climb the ranks.

    I too experience this frustration when looking for something I previously came across, but oh well.

    0 points
  • Julian LloydJulian Lloyd, over 6 years ago

    I finally hit a sweet spot with Sketch (v3) where I think it might have stuck. After using it a bit, I realized it’s like Balsamiq Mockups, but for high fidelity UI designs. Which I love.

    0 points
  • Aaron SagrayAaron Sagray, over 6 years ago

    It is unfortunately named.

    0 points