Best Tools for Mobile UI App Design
In the world where smartphones are used widely, apps which we use should provide us amazing user interface. And for the same reason, UI developers are in constant search of best designing tools which will help them craft the app very precisely and provide a better look and feel to the app. According to research, investing in the design of the app can result in up to 200% improvement in return.
There are a lot of tools available out in the market, with tons of different feature but picking the best is important. And to help these developers, here is a list of design tools which can be used for the same.
A sketch is only available for macOS and is very much similar to Adobe Photoshop. A sketch is mainly built for app prototyping and holds a top position in wireframe and prototyping space. Sketch packs in powerful features like, extending infinite zoom and a styled vector which can be exported in multiple resolutions.
Mobile UI developer uses three different tools for wireframing, creating visual designs and create vector graphics, but with the use of sketch you can just do this all things with pretty ease and achieve a high level of productivity.
Adobe XD can be one of the best of the best designing tool available for windows user as it includes almost all functionality present in Sketch. Adobe XD can help you design, prototype and share them with others in no time.
You are just a couple of click away in turning app design into a working prototype while using Adobe XD. You can also see live updates to your design directly on your mobile phone.
Mockplus is another great tool which can be considered the cleanest designing tool out in the market. Mockplus provides you very easy interface and no requirement to code. It uses simple drag and drops function to link and create different screens or pages.
Mockplus also provides you 3000 UI icons and 200 components which can be used with Android iOS and PC applications. It is the most simple and efficient designing tool with which you can export your prototype with just a couple of clicks.
One of the most amazing features of Mockplus is that you can have team collaboration on its improving time efficiency.
UXpin is a wireframe and app prototyping tool with great feature and is also compatible with Photoshop and sketch. With its simple and minimalistic interface, you will be able to create highly magnificent prototypes and designs. You can drag and drop from the two most popular software’s, Photoshop and Sketch, and arrange all the layers in a simple manner.
UXpin can provide you greater efficiency in designing, testing and launching your app design or prototype. With its dynamic toolkit, you will have the power to develop interesting UI’s from scratch. It also allows you to make the UI’s which are compatible with multiple screens with different screen size and resolution.
UXpin comes with an add-on named, Smart Guides, which will help you measure the distance between two elements very accurately. Some other features of UXpin include real-time joint editing which will allow your team to work together saving a lot of time and it also includes commenting system.
Zeplin is a powerful plugin which is compatible only with Sketch. This plugin helps the designer formulate the specification sheet for the app while it is still being designed. Zeplin complies all the elements in the app and creates the spec sheet which can be used by developers to make changes in the app while it is still being designed.
Zeplin helps in shorting down the time required in the making of a spec sheet of app reducing the overall time required for the development of the app.
Proto.io is a designing tool which comes with pre-built template reducing your work and making prototyping easy. Another important feature is that you can easily import your Sketch designs to Proto.io without any hustle.
Proto.io is equipped with a timeline which helps you create brilliant animations and also preview them getting the perfect flow of the screens. It also has its own Material Design UI Library and biggest feature is that even being a web app you can operate it while you are offline cutting down the necessity to install heavy software.
Origami Studio is a designing tool launched by Facebook. Apps like Facebook Messenger and Instagram are designed using these tools. Even though the tool is a little complex, it provides superb functionalities.
Some of the important features include a recording of the prototype in no time, and you can also connect your Android or iOS device to preview live changes made to your design and get a better idea of it.
iDoc is a new collaboration and hand-off tool to help you design elegant designs of your app. It includes a feature to allow you to import files from Adobe XD, Sketch and Photoshop seamlessly.
You can convert your static designs to interactive and superb animated prototype by just uploading your design to iDoc’s prototyping module. iDoc can also generate spec sheet based on the assets used in the app reducing the work for the UI designer of the app.
iDoc uses a storyboard to represent the complete workflow and progress of the design. And as it is a collaborative tool, you can have your team member working on the same project simultaneously saving up a lot of time.
OmniGraffle is a diagram designing tool which will allow designing workflow for your app, prototypes, strategy maps etc.
Omni Graffle is one of the most famous application when it comes to wireframing any app as it provides you amazing visualization of the app you are designing.
When it comes to mobile apps, the choice of icons is very much necessary, and to help you design some of the best icons for your app, you can make use of iconjar. It helps you organize all your icons at one place by only uploading them ones, and then just drag and drop them to your Sketch or Photoshop workspace.
These were a few tools which a mobile UI designer must look for if he/she is looking to develop some brilliant work of creativity.