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7 of the Best Web Design Applications According to Top Designers

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Juliette Anderson
March 04, 2020


Juliette Anderson

Juliette Anderson is an Outreach Community Specialist for an e-commerce fulfillment company that specializes in partnering with online sellers who have an average parcel weight of 5+ pounds or greater. She works hand-in-hand with e-commerce stores to achieve optimal sales for four years already. Her specialty lies in social media marketing and paid promotions.

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There are so many web design applications in the market these days, some are even available for free. 

 

Nonetheless, the proliferation of these web design applications makes it hard to choose the best. In this post, we have rounded up what we think are the best apps right now. 

By narrowing it down and highlighting the best ones, we hope that it will be easier for you to choose which application best suit your needs:

 

1. UXPin

UXPin is a product design platform that lets you design and collaborate, as well as showcase mockups, wireframes, and prototypes.

 

It can also be integrated with Photoshop files and with Sketch. So, after you upload them, you could easily change them into more interactive prototypes. 

 

According to Kenneth Sytian of Sytian Productions and a top web designer in the Philippines, “UXPin also makes it easy for your entire team to interact and share feedback regarding designs on the app. It is also best for businesses who want to build design applications and website wireframes through prototyping, HTML imports, collaboration, data management, and so much more.”

 

Features:

  • Feature library

  • Prototyping

  • Collaboration

 

Cost:A free version and a free trial are available, while pricing starts at $15 per month.

 

 

2. InVision Studio

This prototyping and animation tool allows you to build vector-based screen designs quickly, thanks to its infinite canvass and highly flexible layers. 

 

With InVision, you can hasten your workflow, build interesting and interactive prototypes, test your design, as well as communicate your design to the team and your clients. 

 

You could also deal with questions, concerns, and other changes in design before it reaches the development stage. 

 

Features:

  • Resize crop images without masks

  • Build swipe triggers for parallax animations

  • Link artboards to a single animation

  • Fix elements as you scroll along

  • Build responsive prototypes without writing a single code

  • Mirror prototypes on your phone

  • Utilize sketch-like shortcuts

  • Choose between dark and light themes

  • Collaborate with your team in real-time

 

Cost:A free version is available, while pricing starts at $15 per month for three prototypes. You can have unlimited prototypes for $99 monthly. 

 

3. Sketch

This is a vector graphics editor and design for businesses that use vector editing, collaboration, and prototyping. 

 

Features:

  • Collaboration

  • Prototyping

  • Feature Library

 

Cost:A free trial is available and pricing starts at $99 per year. 

 

4. Adobe XD

This is an Adobe prototyping tool for interaction and user experience designers. Its features are utilized for building wireframes, screen designs, and prototypes for various digital products like websites and mobile apps.

 

Features:

  • For mobile

  • Prototyping 

  • Usability Testing

 

Cost:The XD Starter Plan is available for free, while priced plans start are available at $9.99 and $22.99 per month.

 

5. Marvel 

This is both a mobile and web prototyping software that allows real-time collaboration. Not to mention that it allows you to build interactive hotspots without writing a line of code. 

 

Through its design platform, you could access the functionality that you need to create digital products like a prototype, wireframe, and design specs in a single place. 

 

Features:

  • Prototyping

  • Validate designs at speed

  • Automatic design specs

  • Integrations

 

Cost:A free version, while pricing starts at $12 per user per month. 

 

6. Figma

Figma lets multiple designers work simultaneously on the same file. Thus, you get the freedom to work on a design without having to personally inform the team when or which part of the project are you working on. 

 

In addition, this on-premise and the cloud-based platform allows businesses to create custom designs, as well as create prototypes among team members. 

 

It brings together all the powerful design features that you love. Not to mention it allows you to create a more efficient workflow. 

 

Features:

  • Image Editor

  • Collaboration

  • Image Database

  • Templates

 

Cost:A free version is available, while priced plan starts at $12 per user per month. 

 

7. Affinity Designer

This is a vector-graphic solution that is used by professional designers who are working on branding, illustrations, icons, typography, UI designs, mock-ups, web graphics, concept arts, pattern designs, and more. 

 

It also gives them the ability to create accurate designs through its advanced grids, zooming features, snapping options, and flexible guides. 

 

Overall, Affinity Designer is a responsive graphic design app that can be utilized for all sorts of UI projects. 

 

Features:

  • Drag and drop

  • Image editor

  • Data export and import

  • 2D drawing

 

Cost:A free trial is available for Mac and Windows users, while a licensed Affinity Designer app is available for purchase at $50.

Over to You

Just like other web professions out there, tools that web designers use will help bring that concept of a project come into fruition. 

 

There are a lot of web design applications that you can use at your disposal, but these are simply some that managed to stand out from the rest of the pack.

 

Do you have other web design applications that you can recommend? Let us know in the comments.


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