User Experience Design · Design

What's your design stack?

Lucas Jaz

April 26th, 2016

Lots of conversations on tools for developers, but I'm interested in hearing with services/tools designers and Front End developers are using - from Invision to sketch to PSD, etc. What's your "design stack" ?

Suzy Greenberg no

April 27th, 2016

Whiteboard + Dry erase markers + Post-it notes (ideation)
Sketchbook + Sharpies (ideation)
Mural and Slack (remote collaboration)
Sketch App (interface design)
InVision (interactive prototypes & feedback)
Adobe CC (for iconography design & photo editing mostly)
RightFont (font management)
Text Wrangler/Visual Studio/Github (front-end)
Rally/Trello/TFS (Agile PM)

Thomas Petersen International Trouble Maker

April 26th, 2016

It's not that it matters, just that its interesting to see what people use. Sometimes someone are using something that gives them "special powers"


April 27th, 2016

When I first read Matt's comment that "To be honest, I don't think the tools matter that much" I nodded in agreement. 

But when I think about what tools we use and why, I think that's no longer true. And if I had to point to one reason for that I'd say because the tools as services have opened up new ways of collaborating. Invision for example makes it easy for everyone to comment on a design, and then turn it into a working prototype, and then conduct usability testing with it, then annotate what we learned in testing. All in one week. We couldn't do that with Photoshop or Basecamp or Morae. 

If you work alone, it doesn't matter if you use Sketch or Photoshop if the output is the same. But how many of us here work alone?

My stack:
  • Paper and pencil
  • Sketch
  • Excel
  • Dropbox
  • Slack
  •, sometimes with recruiting via Mechanical Turk
  • Bootstrap

Dmytro Kovalenko CEO, Product Designer at Resolvd

April 27th, 2016

Sketch, Adobe PS and AI (infrequently), InVision, Zeplin, Slack and I'm currently working to create Resolvd (Pro Task Manager for Designers and Developers

Thuy Pham Chief Design Officer

April 27th, 2016

Adobe CS, Sketch, Marvelapp, Fusion 360.  I just use whatever.  Don't care about what software I use.  Concept, vision and process is more important

Thomas Petersen International Trouble Maker

April 26th, 2016

Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Sublime, Cinema4d.

Brett Rampata Design Leadership at Google

April 27th, 2016

Keynote, Sketch, Android Studio, Xcode

David Diamond Co-Founder of Divvy and Product Designer

May 3rd, 2016

I definitely think what tools a designer uses don't matter, but as a designer here's what I'm using to make my life easier and ship work:
  • Sketch
    • Craft plugin by invision to design with real data
    • Runner plugin
  • Framer
  • Invision
    • Highly recommend using invision sync to upload screens faster

Keith Delk Vice President of Membership Development for Delta Sigma Phi Eta Eta chapter

April 27th, 2016

A lot software are beginning to empower more to the every day user. Apple iCloud are adding more modern design templates/tools so it can be a great tool. Google apps are doing the same thing. Templates are increasingly becoming more dependent so I see this as a potential for decreasing reliance on designers and developers for general projects that aren't detail orientated.

For more complex work, I personally will ALWAYS stick with Adobe CS as I'm pretty proficient across a lot of their programs. Their workflow is great with smart objects and their libraries. Yes, I would LOVE for them to add in the ability for shareholders to add in comments on our designs as we go along, but as of right now I prefer showing deliverables before iterating. Detail revising can waste a lot valuable time.

All in all, my stack:
Paper and pencil
Adobe CS
Google Drive

Frank Martinez Co-founder at Upstream Ventures LLC

April 26th, 2016

Paper, pencil... wood... PS... Key... SublimeText... devices / browsers