Episode 034

034: Which Design Tools should I use?

Design tools are all the things we use to bring our ideas to life.

In this episode we discuss the software we design in, the resources we use, the analogue items we take our workflow offline with, and our top little workflow hacks. While learning design tools doesn’t automatically make you a good designer, it is good to know what tools professional designers use day-to-day to see which ones you should focus your attention on.

We use different tools for different tasks and we share them all along with some background on how we learned to use them.

"You can’t expect the tools to do the work for you"

Charli


Key takeaways

Learning how to use design tools does not automatically make you a good designer. Design is much more than clicking buttons in Photoshop and you can’t rely on the tools to do the creative thinking and problem solving for you.

The best design tool is the one that suits your situation and project, and that you feel comfortable using. There is no right or wrong tool to use (though some will be more applicable to certain projects than others), so it’s okay to take a different path and use a different tool to someone else.

Stay open minded when it comes to software. There’s no need to jump on every new advancement immediately, but listen out for what your design peers say about new tools and if it will improve your workflow to make a switch; give it a chance.


Show timestamps

0:00 – Intro & catch up

3:25 – A list of the design tools Charli uses

4:30 – Learning tools is not the same thing as learning design

5:35 – Using the right tool for you

7:20 – Mastering the tools: is it necessary?

9:30 – Creative cloud vs Sketch

10:30 – A list of the design tools Fem uses

12:10 – Extra resources in the toolkit

15:00 – Fonts

16:20 – Learning to use the software

20:55 – Analogue tools

23:45 – Favourite little handy tools

27:55 – Keeping up with the latest tools

35:00 – Room for improvement


Show links

Watch the replay of our live Q&A

Charli’s design tutorials

Adobe Creative Cloud

Sketch

Atomic

The Noun Project

Nucleo

InVision

The Designers Foundry

Google web fonts

Creative Market

tuts+

Screenflow

Sip

WhatFont?

GuideGuide

Sketch Toolbox


Show credits

Our site: designlife.fm

Our Twitter: @DesignLifeFM

 

Design Life on iTunes

Our theme tune was created by the talented Camiel van Schoonhoven