In the dynamic, fast-paced production environments in which designers work, precision, speed and meticulous execution is vital. For busy designers, having the right UX tools can be the crucial difference between a collaborative and highly effective design workflow versus a slow, unproductive, cumbersome one. More than ever, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest UX tools and learn about the best ways designers can utilize them to design and collaborate more efficiently.

Choosing the right UX tools requires careful consideration. Some tools are more effective than others, depending on the required level of collaboration with other team members, the size of the team, the task it would be used for, the platform/OS it runs on, and any other tools that may be needed to integrate with in order to maintain a seamless product design workflow.

There is a plethora of design tools to choose from and so many options to consider that designers can end up feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes being inundated with so many choices can lead to “decision paralysis,” so we put this infographic together to help make selecting the best UX tool for a given job easier.

Here are the top UX tools, from wireframing and prototyping to handoff, that today are helping teams do incredible things at companies of all sizes. Once the choices are narrowed down, consider signing up for free trials (when available) and running a 5-day design sprint to test the waters.

Best UX tools infographic

Understanding the Basics

What is a design sprint?

A design sprint is a methodology invented by Jake Knapp and Google Ventures used to validate ideas through design, prototyping, user testing, and collaboration. While it won’t result in a finished product, it’s the fastest and cheapest way to validate business strategies or product ideas with real users.

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Miklos Philips, United Kingdom
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Miklos is a UX strategist and lead product designer with more than 18 years of experience. As a full-spectrum product designer, he mediates between user needs, business objectives, and technical feasibility resulting in product designs that work for the intended audience and impact the bottom line. [click to continue...]
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Comments

Lorena Dominguez
Thank you this is very useful :)
Jim McNeely
I like Balamiq for wireframing, it is extremely simple and to the point. I'm surprised it wasn't on here.
Eli Fares
I love Figma!
M. Philips
Hi Jim, Thanks for the comment. We're focusing this particluar article and the inforgraphic on a very concise list. In our longer examination of The Best UX Tools here: https://www.toptal.com/designers/ux/top-ux-tools we have included Balsamiq.
S R Mahmud
True Jim. I used Balsamiq for various wireframing and it helped me a lot to improve my UX experience. Prior to that, I was contemplating on which one to use from all that is out there. Balsamiq was not my first priority but my client insisted on using it and the rest is history. Adobe XD is quite useful too.
Amit Batra
This article is great and useful for UX/UI designers. According to me Visio is also good wireframe tool because it has all the required components for designing prototypes, flowcharts. This tool tells about the flow of information from one point to another. As an experienced analyst and UX/UI designer it is necessary to have a wireframe.
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Miklos Philips
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Miklos is a UX strategist and lead product designer with more than 18 years of experience. As a full-spectrum product designer, he mediates between user needs, business objectives, and technical feasibility resulting in product designs that work for the intended audience and impact the bottom line.