Talking about User Interface design — web, mobile, apps and more — we can say for sure that there’s not a key application.
What are the most used apps? First of all, of course, Adobe Photoshop, which was created for pixel manipulation and photo editing, but Adobe is keeping adding features to make it almighty, and today it can achieves a lot of different purposes.
Adobe Illustrator, created to handle vectors, is also used for UI design.
Then we have the little cute Adobe Fireworks — my favorite app —, created by Macromedia. This is the only one application created specifically for UI design from the very beginning, but sadly Adobe doesn’t seem to be interested in pushing it forward.
But today a new application is rising: Sketch, by the great Bohemian Coding.
As for Pixelmator, Sketch is built on OS X tecnhology, so it’s blazing fast and responsive. The UI is really intuitive, like an app designed by Apple — it reminds the iWork suite.
Here are a couple of quotes.
“Dear designer, how often have you thought: someone should build a Photoshop for interface design? Well, it’s here and it’s very good.”
— Koen Bok, Product Designer at Facebook
“Sketch 2 is probably the tool that most user interface and icon designers have been dreaming of for years. A+.”
— Benjamin de Cock, an amazing UI designer
Sketch won the Apple Design Award 2012 and Best of 2012 in the Mac App Store. It’s available on the App Store for just $49 and you can try it for free.
This app is just born, but it’s really fast and intuitive, and more and more world class designers are starting using it. And you?