5 New Design Tools that you need in 2020
Absolute Must-Try Design Tools That You May Not Know
Whether you're a design professional or just see design as a hobby, graphic design tools have completely revolutionized the way designers and artists work.
Well-known brands have been dominating this area in recent times. But, now, emerging graphic design tools made by innovative companies are challenging the status-quo.
Newer brands are making waves in the UX/UI/design industry
In this blog post, we evaluate several graphic design tools and related applications that are shaking things up. This is a carefully curated list of the best graphic design tools and updates!
Without further ado, here are the best and absolute must-try names that hope to improve design as the new kids on the block!
This tool enables you “turn your designs into playable user flow diagrams that tell a story.”
Everyone understands the need for designing great user flows. Creating them with ease is an essential priority for many designers and design teams across the world.
Overflow.io empowers you with Distance Guides, align and snap tools, handy keyboard shortcuts that make things much more comfortable. Overflow Cloud, allows people to easily share their user flow diagrams with their team and stakeholders. Similarly, the Overflow Dashboard allows teams to share their links in personal or team folders so that they are better organized and more accessible by the entire team. You can even check previous versions and iterations on any one concept.
Prototypes created with this graphic design tool just feel real. You can create fully-interactive fully functional prototypes that look and work exactly like your app should. The coolest thing is that there’s no coding required.
Users can choose from several ready-made customizable Templates that allow them to get started easily before getting down to the nitty gritty. There’s also an Icon Library with thousands of icons that can be resized and adjusted. Some of their features include things like a Sound Effects Library, Animations, and Share Link Analytics.
This is “a new and better way to user test”. Founded in 2018, Maze helps you get from prototyping to testing within minutes.
Rather than a graphic design tool, this is a user testing platform that turns your prototype into actionable insights from real users. Maze directly integrates with our favorites prototyping platforms and import the click-throughs you want to test. All of this ultimately leads to better design decisions and a better product.
Maze enables you to get unique insights and data to validate designs at scale, and improve your product at the design phase in a quick and easy manner. You can also try other cool features like the Testers Panel, which gives you access to 70,000+ testers, or UX Report, that aligns teams on design decisions with data-driven reporting.
Webflow is a design tool that gives you the power to design, build, and launch responsive websites. Once you incorporate this into your design workflow, you never have to look back!
With Webflow you can access 3 verticals: Build - Create user experiences without coding, Launch - Go live on a reliable, scalable and hassle-free hosting network, Grow - Make, launch, and reiterate on new marketing campaigns.
This graphically enhanced designing tool makes it easy to illustrate your Interaction Designs, and enables design consistency and speedy completion with Team Templates.
Webflow allows you to create visually appealing experiences without needing any coding or expensive graphic design tools.
Last but not least, Vectornator Pro is the newly launched version for Mac users!
With this graphic design tool, you can create anything from high quality illustrations to complex User Interfaces. Vectornator Pro provides much needed flexibility across Apple devices alongside a level of performance that professionals love. The best part? It’s completely free.
It combines all the vector tools, advanced features, and functions that you need with an intuitive user-friendly interface. It’s very easy for anyone to use Vectornator for their design needs from branding, Illustrations, Interfaces, websites, typography to anything you can imagine. You can seamlessly import documents, select from 80,000+ free icon options in the Iconator Library, use Auto Trace to automatically turn bitmaps into vectors. The possibilities are endless.
That brings our list to a close. As you can see, there is no shortage of amazing graphic design tools that are available!
Chances are that if you’re reading this you are interested in the profession. We urge you to download our free graphic design software that will help you get started on the right path! You can also check out our tutorials on our Youtube channel!
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Credits for the cover photo of this article: Alvaro Reyes
February 10, 2020