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Which is the best app for UI designing Starters?

over 5 years ago from , Visual Designer

Hi,

I'm a self taught designer and i started to explore UI nowadays. I use Photoshop for my web designs. now i want to explore UI and i am pretty confused which which is the best software for UI design and normally what's the work flow?

I'm in my very early stages of learning UI design and I use Windows OS

21 comments

  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, over 5 years ago

    Without a doubt Sketch by Bohemian Coding is the best way to pick up UI design. The styles pane, symbols, and mix of vector and bitmap make this a killer combo for building UI.

    The biggest thing is that there is a HUGE community of UI folks using Sketch so you have a robust community and robust plugins behind it. Sketch Repo is one of my favorites:

    http://sketchrepo.com/

    14 points
    • Christoph Hellmuth, over 5 years ago

      Can just second that. I teach a lot of students and whenever they ask what is easier to learn and start with and with which tool they can focus on learning about design and not about how a programm works. Sketch.

      1 point
    • Jordan BrewerJordan Brewer, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      Skeeeeeeeeeetch. It's hard not to love it.

      0 points
    • Chris Howard, over 5 years ago

      Except the OP is on Windows.

      2 points
      • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, over 5 years ago

        Yeah I missed that he is on Windows. :( My bad!

        In that case I would recommend Atomic. I have been in since the early beta and Atomic has really good vector object creation with a mix of custom CSS for any element that allows you to pursue really flexible UX design and timing-based interactions and animation all in one tight little package. It's like Sketch Light in the browser with animation. They also have access to some beautiful fonts.

        Since it's web-based, they are always adding new features and really turning it more and more into a full-fledged tool.

        0 points
  • Peter DeltondoPeter Deltondo, over 5 years ago

    Sketch is amazing, I am a recent convert. Took less than 24 hours for me to fully transition over after using PS for 15+ years. The other comments are right, it's whatever program YOU are most comfortable in. These are TOOLS, YOU are the designer. You can make anything with anything, but you might find a certain tool to be your favorite. I found myself preferring sketch due to the raw speed, smaller file sizes, and increased computer performance (PS dragged me down big time). I still use PS here and there for photo editing, which I they put into my Sketch files, so there's still a need for a few programs.

    Sketch is certainly buggy, and even with those bugs I found it was faster and easier to use than PS.

    2 points
  • John PJohn P, over 5 years ago

    They're all pretty much the same, it's literally just boxes, pictures and text.

    None of them have really tried to go beyond the difficulty/capabilities of Powerpoint.

    2 points
  • Chris Basey, over 5 years ago

    Use the tool that works best for you. If you're on a PC then that is most likely Photoshop. The recent improvements have really helped and I'm enjoying using the tool for my design work much more than I ever have. Project Comet looks really interesting and hopefully that will be as half as good as the demos make it.

    The Sketch bandwagon is still going strong. It's a great app and is a great price. I personally still use PS but Sketch is a great and much cheaper alternative if you use a Mac. We have 3 designers, 2 on PS and on Sketch. When we're working collaboratively on a project though, it's 100% PS. Depending on where you work and who you work with, make sure that sketch is a file format that will work for devs, clients etc.

    2 points
  • Eric PosenEric Posen, over 5 years ago

    You should move to a Mac. Its UI design software (Sketch being #1 these days) is unparalleled to anything that's on Windows right now. If you're not ready to jump ship, start with Powerpoint. Then try Illustrator.

    2 points
  • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, over 5 years ago

    For Windows, I'd start with Adobe Illustrator. It's similar to sketch(for mac) in a few ways but is also still cool to use for print related projects. It's pretty universal depending on how you set it up.

    1 point
  • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, over 5 years ago

    I'd suggest trying out the various options, and then proceeding with the one that feels like a good fit for you. Your short term goal is to create work, and improve your skills.

    With that said if you are stuck in Windows you are limited to a very small set of options. And they are:

    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Freehand (if you can find an old copy)
    • Serif Draw
    • Corel Draw
    • Inkscape
    • Atomic
    • Floid (once the Windows version comes out)

    Personally if I was you I'd use either Illustrator or Inkscape, and then get proficient with Framer.js (the open source non-UI prototyping framework). I feel that your longterm goal should be to either move to Mac (or get access to one), and gain some experience with Sketch which has become the goto for a lot of studios / companies.

    0 points
  • Some DesignerSome Designer, over 5 years ago

    I use sketch as well but for the basics and future photo manipulation needs (which you are going to need what ever others say) I'd suggest to start with the hard one, Photoshop. Just subscribe and complete a few tutorials for a few months and then just convert to sketch. Because there are still tons of designers / developers /companies still using photoshop. You just can't ignore them and ask them to use sketch to access your designs.

    tldr: keep your photoshop knowledge a reasonable level but use sketch.

    0 points
  • Chris Howard, over 5 years ago

    In googling around, I couldn't find anything for Windows except Illustrator.

    I did find this interesting site tho

    https://hackdesign.org/toolkit/ui-design

    0 points
  • John Jackson, over 5 years ago

    Sketch is, by far, the greatest UI design app on the market. You'll need Mac, though. I used Photoshop for 4 years before making the switch and I absolutely love it.

    0 points
  • Khurram Butt, over 5 years ago

    Sketch/illustrator or photoshop

    0 points
  • Daryl GinnDaryl Ginn, over 5 years ago

    MS Paint.

    0 points
  • Patrick LoonstraPatrick Loonstra, over 5 years ago

    Sketch. Period.

    0 points
  • Richardini Zapata, over 5 years ago

    I just moved from Photoshop to Sketch, a couple of weeks ago. That was the best best thing I've made so far. Sketch is buggy, sometimes it changes my fonts or crashes, but I'm still in love with it.

    0 points