Once you’re on your journey to becoming a fully-fledged UX designer, it’s important you have the right tool kit on hand to get the job done.
We’ve put together a list of our favorite tools that you’ll need at different stages in the UX process, from wireframing and prototyping, to research and analytics. Many of the tools listed below offer free trials so you can check them out before signing up. Let us know what you think!
Wireframing and prototyping
UXPin has a wide range of functionalities, but one of its unique selling points is that it facilitates building responsive clickable prototypes directly in your browser.
InVision allows you to get feedback straight from your team and users through clickable mockups of your site design.
Wireframe.cc provides you with the technology to create wireframes really quickly within your browser - the online version of pen and paper!
User research and testing
Wufoo is a great tool for creating online surveys for user research. The results are clearly displayed and easy to analyze.
This smart tool lets you record your users reactions and responses during mobile user tests by utilizing the camera on your smartphone.
Verify App allows you to upload your original design and see where users click on the page. The app then provides you with clear and easy to share test reports.
Ideal for your brainstorming sessions, Coggle actively maps out words and concepts in a rather beautiful way!
Mindmeister connects your words, images and links together through the creation of lovely looking maps.
xSort is a card sorting application aimed largely at UX professionals and social scientists. It’s also free to download!
Analytics and metrics
A great analytics tool which helps you create funnels and reports based on customer behavior on your website. Very easy to set up and use.
CrazyEgg is a heatmapping tool that shows you exactly where users go to on your site, where they stop on the page and for how long. It’s simple, affordable and yes there’s a free trial too.
Google Analytics tells you everything you need to know about the performance of your website. It turns customer insights into actionable solutions and shows you how effective your current strategy is.
From creating projects, to assigning tasks to your colleagues, Asana is intuitive, well-designed and helps organize your thoughts.
A great place to keep all your documents, presentations and spreadsheets, Google Drive is very logical and easy to navigate. When working in a team it’s also great for sharing documents and collaborating with your colleagues.
If you’re looking to impress with your presentation then Prezi is the tool for you. A significant step up from a slideshare, Prezi presentations are moving, interactive and engaging.
Which tools do you use? If we’ve missed out your favorite, let us know in the comments!
If you want to discover more tools and learn pros, cons, and when to use them, check out this awesome blog post: The Ideal Design Workflow.
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