These numbers are based on files that have been uploaded to Avocode. This can't be an accurate representation of the global design community. Isn't it possible that their userbase is just biased towards Sketch?
I agree with you, maybe it's not a 100% accurate representation of the design community worldwide. However, if the same group of designers uploaded more Sketch designs than Photoshop ones in 2016 compared to 2015, at least it tells a story that Sketch is really taking over. And more and more designers are moving towards Sketch to create product/web/UI designs.
And I think data from over 1M designs from over 100 countries is significant enough to make a statement like we did.
We're actually aware of the fact that Photshop and Illustrator has a significant market share in the community of digital designers. That's why we'd like to support more and more design formats in our upcoming updates of Avocode.
I feel like a breakdown by country would make this data more useful.
This will change once 3D UIs become the norm, as OS X 3D stack is light years behind Windows.
Sketch would be smart to port to Windows in the coming years, or Photoshop will come to dominate the market again (or continue to, rather).
As a front-end developer, I'm really happy ( and not surprised ) that Sketch is winning.
Sadly, Sketch works only on OS X, which makes it even more expensive. I would be really happy if at least there is a commitment, they will do a Linux version.
I think even better would be a web-based version (just like Figma) so everybody can use it --no matter what your OS is.
Hey, I get what you mean here. If you are interested in using a powerful yet lightweight design tool on Windows, I'd suggest Affinity Designer. As far as I know both Sketch and Affinity designer are not planning any version for Linux.
However, if you're using Linux and still need to open Sketch designs to get assets and specs you can use Avocode. The workflow is quite simple - the Sketch file needs to be uploaded by the designer (via a Sketch plugin) and you can open all of it's art boards in Avocode and inspect them. I know that this still limits you to have this "another guy" to do your uploading. That's why we're working on a new upload experience which would enable you to just drag and drop the Sketch file (so you could do it yourself, even on Linux).
I hope this helps.
No surprise here!