Looks more like workflow for an front end developer than an actual "designer". Anyways I don't thonk designers on windows are a rarity as the article claims.
If you're talking about glorified UX/UI designers who make deskgns for ios/android/web apps then you have a might have a point. However,"designers" goes a bit beyond that.
Anyone from architects, 3d visualization,motion graphics, concept artists, industrial designers, etc can be consided all be considred design and a good chunk of these people work on Windows.
I introduced myself as a web designer & web developer in the article. There isn't any other design software I use beside Adobe software. Even for logo & branding identity, UX/UI, mobile apps design, I still use Adobe software for these. For motion design, Adobe After Effect is the software of selection, but I'm not sure if there's a better alternative on Windows.
Regarding title selection for DN, that flew past my mind, at the time I was staring at "Should designer code ? ? ?" placeholder.
If you're going advice others how to move over windows, you should at least have something more to recommend than just Photoshop (even if you don't use them)
Anyways as a UX/UX designer, here are a few tools I'll recommend.
Mockups = Photoshop, Figma, Affinity, Adobe XD is coming (there's already a pre-beta release)
Icons/vector graphics = Illustrator
Prototypes = Invision, Balsamiq, Atomic, Axure, MS Visio, After Effects
For drawing flows, sketches, making notes = Onenote
Hands off to devlopers = Zeplin, Sympli
Yes, I advised Adobe softwares (not Photoshop precisely) for design related things and most of these apps are online and cross-platform.
I totally agree with you.
It seems to me that UI designers like to call themselves just "designers" and assume that every "designer" specializes in UI design unless stated otherwise. I mean, just look at the name of this very website for instance. Try finding anything here related to fashion design, motion graphics, and information architecture (the analog, not digital kind).
Edit: I'm didn't intend to single the OP out, but rather comment about the state of things in general.
This forums DesignerNews is targeted to designers in various different fields but in digital fashion. It's very rare for me to find articles that are related to analog design right here on DN.
Maybe there's other community? I'm sure there's some for fashion design, home decoration (I consider that design because you need to choose color palettes and materials that combine well), etc.
Isn't motion design digital? It's created with software like After Effects or something much more simple. There's also processing motion design created in programming.
I totally understand the userbase of this website and I personally have little interest in the design fields I mentioned. It's just that I get the general impression that there are many UI designers whom use the "design" word a bit too liberally to refer to what should be "UI design."
Sadly, I am atill looking for serious alternatives to the trio Sketch/Flinto/Principle which are really important for ux/UI
Unfortunately there isn't a sustainable alternative to Adobe software for designers that is on same level as Sketch. I joked that if you want to boycott Adobe, you can use GIMP and that software is as bad as wearing gimp.
In good news, when Sketch showed up, Adobe was threatened by a serious competitor and bunch of cool features like... artboards.
give Inkscape a try. It's not pretty, and doesn't have artboards but it's really capable for UI design
Well, the question is that why not use Photoshop if it's the best available software for Windows?
I wouldn't recommend doing UI design in a raster graphics application, even though there are lots of templates and resources for UI design for Photoshop and surprisingly much less for Illustrator.
I agree with that, but I didn't really run into issues with raster web design because I replace most graphic materials with CSS which is scale-able during web development. I considered it as a solution.
Affinity Designer is a pretty competent Sketch alternative for Windows.
Indeed, Affinity Designer is excellent! They've just launched the full release, I recommend jumping on board!
+1 for Filco with brown switches
Could bash someone's head with this brick!
Misleading title imo. The article is not about the workflow, but about the setup.
Agreed. The title should be "Designer's Software Environment on Windows", nothing about how to complete a project fully on windows.
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