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Tools of the Trade: 5 Underrated Product Design Tools Every Professional Must Have


A product designer is only limited by their imagination and their toolkit. You will use these five product design tools above all others to complete most jobs.
Tools of the Trade: 5 Underrated Product Design Tools Every Professional Must Have

by MVS Staff

July 02, 2019


Are you a budding product designer? Or do you want to stay head and shoulders above the competition?

Regardless of your industry experience, your skills play a major role in your success. But skills are not enough to make you stand out of the crowd. You need to have the right knowledge and attitude toward product design.

And like it or not, you also need the right set of product design tools.

There are several design tools out there. Most of which are product design software. Each one offering to make life easier for you.

But which ones should you invest in? Continue reading below as we discuss some of the best ones.

Product Design Tools: The Must-Haves

You want to execute your designs to perfection. You want to showcase your talents to your clients. But without the right product design tools, you may find yourself lagging behind the competition.

Whether you belong to a design firm or working as a freelancer, here are five design tools that will help in your success:

Bear

Since research is an integral part of product design, you need to an app that helps you take down notes more efficiently. The Bear app features a minimalist design while providing topnotch formatting prowess.

You can also sync between your devices. If you have an iPad, you can maximize its Pencil using this app. This is one of the best note-taking apps for those quick meetings and long conferences.

Sketch

This tool remains one of the favorites among product designers. It offers a myriad of features that you can use to translate your ideas.

It is an excellent replacement for the old school Photoshop.

It is much easier to use than Photoshop. It comes with shared styles, exporting options, and scalable symbols. In addition, you can also connect numerous third-party plugins.

The plugins help you ensure that your designs meet accessibility standards for contrast. They also make sharing symbol libraries between teams more seamlessly.

InVision

When it is time to present your mocks, make sure to use InVision. This tool allows you to upload your mocks in an online repository. This repository is easy to access, making sharing and acquiring feedback a breeze.

You can also share your mocks directly from your Sketch. You simply need to install a plugin to start uploading.

Principle

Though some see Principle as similar to Sketch, it focuses mainly on simplifying prototyping. The main strengths of Principle are movement and interaction.

It can also help you streamline your workflows. It can also develop opportunities for collaboration with other designers.

GrabCAD Workbench

And speaking of collaborations, you will need to connect with others one way or another. GrabCAD Workbench helps improve your file management and collaborations. By using the cloud, the tool allows you to share CAD files with your team.

It will also keep you from duplicating work. You can also ask everyone’s input for specific projects.

Find Valuable Resources Here!

Now that you have the essential product design tools, you can start covering other bases. We invite you to check our different articles and blog posts. We discuss various topics that benefit professional designers and aspiring talents.

We also encourage the exchange of ideas. If you wish to share your thoughts, feel free to get in touch with us today!

 

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Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

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