What Software Tools Do UX Designers Use?

UX designers use a variety of software tools to create websites and apps that look good and are easy to use. Here are the three most popular software tools.

Figma is a leading prototyping tool for UX/UI designers and is built to magnify collaboration so teams can build prototypes and design together. Since it’s primarily cloud-based, your work is automatically saved, and you never have to worry about losing a draft or version of a project you’re working on. You can start with their free version and then work up to a $45/month version that your entire organization can use. If you’re a Designlab student, you can get 1 year free ($144 value) of a professional Figma account via our Perks page.

Take our free Figma 101 course to learn both basic and advanced features to get the most out of one of the best prototyping tools on the market today.

Sketch is another popular UX design tool which helps teams collaborate and create prototypes, but it’s only available on Mac devices. Sketch also offers plugins that can help you simultaneously work on the same project with your team and allows for a variety of export options. Depending on how many licenses you need, Sketch can cost anywhere from $79 to $99 a year. As a Designlab student you get 50% off ($50 value) via our Perks page.

Learn to master Sketch with our free Sketch 101 course, which includes daily hands-on tutorials, free downloadable templates to use in Sketch, and even a Sketch cheat sheet. 

Adobe XD
Adobe XD helps UX/UI design and development teams at the same time by giving access to a wide range of prototyping tools. Adobe XD is easy to set up and use, but also provides complex and detail-rich design tools. A personal starter version is free to use, or you can choose to pay $9.99 a month for the single app. 

Try our free Adobe XD 101 course to learn how to use Adobe XD to create a prototype and enhance your UX/UI design skills in general.

While these three tools are some of the most popular, here is a complete list of the “19 Best Prototyping Tools for UX/UI Designers”.

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