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What's your design stack?

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" ?

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Frank Martinez
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Frank Martinez Advisor
Co-founder at Upstream Ventures LLC
Paper, pencil... wood... PS... Key... SublimeText... devices / browsers
Thomas Petersen
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Thomas Petersen Entrepreneur
International Trouble Maker
Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Sublime, Cinema4d.
Matt Belge
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Matt Belge Advisor
UX Design Lead at Carbon Black
To be honest, I don't think the tools matter that much. Its like choosing a carpenter based on what saw they use. I like the reply from Frank Martinez - paper and wood. For me its everything from Powerpoint and Vizio to Axure, Balsamiq, PS and Chrome.
Thomas Petersen
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Thomas Petersen Entrepreneur
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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"
Kapil Rai
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Kapil Rai Entrepreneur
Sr. UI/UX Designer
Mainly I focus on user experience while I design anything website, mobile app, game designs etc.. Also, I use the Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding and more, And, they gives best results ever.
Dmytro Kovalenko
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Dmytro Kovalenko Entrepreneur
UI/UX Designer | Sr Graphic Designer
Sketch, Adobe PS and AI (infrequently), InVision, Zeplin, Slack and I'm currently working to create Resolvd (Pro Task Manager for Designers and Developers https://www.resolvd.io/)
Brett Rampata
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Brett Rampata Advisor
Design Leadership at Google
Keynote, Sketch, Android Studio, Xcode
Thuy Pham
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Thuy Pham Entrepreneur
Chief Design Officer
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
Victor Lombardi
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Victor Lombardi Advisor
Innovation and Digital Executive; Author; Educator
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
  • UserTesting.com
  • UsabilityHub.com, sometimes with recruiting via Mechanical Turk
  • Bootstrap
Keith Delk
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Vice President of Membership Development for Delta Sigma Phi Eta Eta chapter
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
slack/email
Adobe CS
Brackets
Google Drive


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