Likelihood to Recommend
- Perfect for wire-framing for presentations
- Very easy to collaborate on a project with a team
- Adobe XD keeps shapes aligned to a grid properly. Coming from Adobe Illustrator, this was very refreshing. This makes it much easier to get everything pixel perfect.
- Adobe XD's file sizes are small! Illustrator has an unfortunate habit of creating files that are quite large. Adobe XD was built from the ground up to be light and streamlined. In addition to the interface, etc. they did a great job at making the saved files nice and light too.
- It's easy to export designs, or even just design assets. In Illustrator, I had to separate assets from other design elements in order to export them. In Adobe XD, you can export something in isolation, just by having the item selected.
- Smart elements are super nice because they allow me to create complicated features that will appear on every page. When the client wants to change something it is very easy to do so in one place.
- Working on grid is important to me. Having the ability to change and manipulate that grid in UXPin is just what I need.
- There are tons of add on features like Font Awesome icons and prebuilt stuff that not only looks great, but also just lets me get ideas across fast without committing to what the final design is going to look like.
- I love the ability to edit things if I want. I can control several details, but it's not too overwhelming. They include various font options from Google fonts as well. You can design as much or as little as you want. The interface doesn't get in the way. It's there if you want it but has a simplicity that is nice.
- Having a link on a live webpage is a necessity. As soon as you make changes, they are live. No more worrying about which is the latest version.
- I'm a photoshop user so it has a few keyboard commands that are familiar like hold 'alt', click and drag to duplicate is nice!
- The area I usually run into problems with Adobe XD is when I'm trying to accomplish a complicated or intricate object alteration. This usually happens when I'm designing icons or logos. Logo design should be done in Illustrator and moved over to Adobe XD once it's finished.
- There are a couple odd things here and there that make things tricky. In Illustrator, locked layers can't be selected. They're visible to you, but invisible to your mouse. In Adobe XD, locked layers are still selectable. This makes it harder to select a layer under another layer (example: a photo under a gradient layer).
- Adobe XD has been a little slow in rolling out new features (such as underlined text). They're taking their time to get things right, but it can still be frustrating at times. There are still areas where we're waiting for additional functionality to be added such as better control over shadows, and the ability to have multiple shadows. Breaking the borders into individual sides would be great too. It's strange to have something easily accomplished in html/css, but not in the design program. Unfortunately, some of these things are typical of design programs, not just Adobe XD.
- It would be nice if the link that I share with my clients is shorter. It's so long and unintelligible.
- Copy and paste doesn't always paste where you think it will. It would be a time saver if you copied a smart element from one page and then pasted it down at the same x and y coordinates on the next page.
- 'Cntrl' + 'Z' is good for one undo but try to undo more than a few and I'm not sure what is happening in the background. I had it undo some things that were out of my view on the page and I couldn't put them back without rebuilding the section.
- I don't like to show my clients the link with comment mode turned on because it causes confusion. I wish there was a way to turn it off for a set of wireframes so that I don't have to turn it off every time I am about to send the link.
- When you pull an image by a corner it is too easy to accidentally stretch and image. In my opinion is should default to keeping the image proportionate. People that don't know better will stretch things without knowing and there is not a way to reset to the actual size.
Adobe XD has been a joy to use. It has this "Wow, it just works!" feel to it. Illustrator is more powerful, but it's quirky, complex, and unfortunately a bit outdated and buggy. These days you expect colors to update in realtime while you're working in the color selector.Sketch is a big contender in this area. A lot of designers used to design websites in Photoshop. Moving to Sketch was a huge improvement for them. When I tried to move to Sketch from Illustrator, it was a huge let down. Sketch has probably improved since I last used it, but given how much I enjoy Adobe XD, I have little desire to pursue Sketch.Figma is another great tool. Overall I've enjoyed using Figma, but with the free plan the versioning feature is severely limited. Two weeks ago, Figma released a new Smart Selection feature that looks quite good. I'll have to take that for a spin for sure. Interesting features of Figma: Designing in the browser, and share access with others so they can watch the design come together in real time.
I went through several tools trying to find something that was easy to use and made me faster. Visio was such a pain at creating something reusable to make me faster, too much building. Axure and Balsamiq looked like great options but were too cumbersome for my needs and I couldn't get to the live link fast enough. Moqups was my first choice before I heard about UXPin. I switched to UXPin because the had more built in features, more icons and just an overall better and more usable interface that appealed to my design side.
Return on Investment
- Adobe XD has reduced the amount of time I need to spend on mockup up designs.
- I like to keep versions of the designs I work on. A single webpage design might have 15 versions. The greatly reduced file size of Adobe XD compared to Illustrator means I'm not burning through near as much harddrive space.
- We may be spending more time in creating wireframes but the return is a clear idea of what needs to be built and what we have to build it with.
- Because we start wireframes so early we also get the client working for us early as well. It has fundamentally changed this conversation from what is the site going to look like to what it the site going to do for me and what holes do we need to fill to make that happen.
- As client content and their business goals get addressed sooner, this allows us to focus on creating better user experiences.
- From a team perspective, it has allowed us to all be on the same page. If something is in question we can pull up the wireframe and have a much more meaningful conversation with a live link rather than dealing with a series of heavy weight files that may or may not be the latest version.
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