The 6 best digital design tools

If you’re an aspiring web designer, graphic designer or any other type of digital creative, then these are the tools you should be using.

The recent Subtraction.com Design Tools Survey asked thousands of designers around the world what the best new apps and programmes on the market are.

Here’s what they came up with, along with some of our own suggestions.

1. For wireframing and interface design: Sketch

When creating the blueprint of a website, Bohemian Coding’s Sketch was voted the most useful and easy-to-use tool. Sketch is also the best for interface design. No wonder it’s used by the likes of Facebook, Pinterest, Google, Twitter and Buzzfeed, to name a few.

2. For prototyping: HTML/CSS

They’re the universal languages of tech and website design, so we’re not surprised that they were deemed the most essential prototyping tool.

3. For project management: Slack

This team messaging app makes life a whole lot easier when managing projects, especially when the participants are spread far and wide. Share ideas and links, and communicate super easily and quickly with your colleagues.

4. For file management: Dropbox 

Tried and tested, this programme will keep all your files organised and allow you to share all the material with everyone at the same time.

5. For moodboarding: Niice

Like a Pinterest especially for digital designers, this moodboarding tool is the ultimate in gathering all your inspiration in one place. Create a sleek, highly aesthetic board to help get the creative juices flowing.

6. For brainstorming: pencil and paper

Okay, so not an app or programme, but designers around the world still consider the basic pencil and paper the way to go when brainstorming ideas. Good to know that some things will never change.