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The Best UX Tools (with Infographic)

Miklos is a lead UX/product designer with more than 18 years of experience and a wide variety of user experience projects under his belt.

In the dynamic, fast-paced production environments in which designers work, precision, speed and meticulous execution are 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

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Further reading on the Toptal Design Blog:

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.
What is a user interface prototype?
A user interface prototype demonstrates—in a rough, unpolished form—a UI’s general layout, look and feel, interaction design, and functionalities.
What is website user experience?
The user experience of a website is essentially the effect a site’s design has on its visitors. This effect can be negative or positive. User experience designers consider how a user interacts with a website and try to elicit a positive response.
What is the difference between UX and UI?
User experience (UX) design is less concerned with the look and feel of a product and more concerned with how people use it and with their experience—the effect it has. UX design is focused on the user rather than the aesthetics whereas UI design focuses more on the aesthetics and the general interface layout.
What is a wireframe in UX?
Wireframing is a major step in the design process when designing a user interface, whether a website, application, or software product. Without distractions in the form of visuals, colors, typography, styles, and effects, you can be more focused on defining content hierarchy and the user experience.
What is a prototype in design?
A prototype is a tool for visualizing interactive design work. It’s a rough representation of a certain design direction, its functions and form. A prototype demonstrates what the product is doing at any given point, what the interactive elements are, and how it would function in the real world.

Comments

Eli Fares
I love Figma!
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.
Anup Howlader
https://youtu.be/Ae82Ood0RBY
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.
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. article link: https://www.toptal.com/designers/ux/best-ux-tools-infographic
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.
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https://www.semaphore-software.com/
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