The Sketch Vs. Photoshop debate is still going strong. Photoshop has had hegemony over the UX/UI design ecosystem since at least the new millennium , when it reached the capacity to translate images to the screen. But Sketch is gaining on its heels.
Now that web and tech design has taken center stage from print, the designer has been faced with unique challenges to not only offer impeccable design, but they must also facilitate the user’s relationship with the myriads of devices they use everyday effectively.
So now the jury is out. Can a new design tool on the market replace our known and loved Adobe superstar?
Photoshop was designed for photographers in 1988, but it soon became the go-to tool for the broad advertising and technology world — not to mention multimedia artists. As the industry changed, Adobe stepped up the game with each new release — offering more and more updates including libraries, smart objects, layer comps, new methods of asset extraction and slicing elements, and vectors to support their web/app design efforts. In addition, there are countless plugins specifically designed to translate design to tech. And other Adobe products like Illustrator and Dreamweaver work alongside the program.
It is no wonder that Adobe feels as if it has a monopoly on the design industry. No one has competed up until the introduction of Sketch for MacOS interfaces in 2010.
Bohemian Coding’s Sketch promises to specifically enhance the process from design to coding in the design and development process. It is like a mockup tool and a development tool in one package. You can not only design the image, but they boast that you can sync it with CSS, JSON, and HTML. You can see real-time views of your design across platforms such as smartphones, desktops, tablets, etc. The multiple art boards are supposed to help you communicate the user flow to developers more efficiently than Photoshop. Meanwhile, they eliminate features like photo filters from their software in order to keep the focus on UI/UX while supporting plugins so the user can use the product according to their needs. There is even an icon library with ready-mades for the most common features for the web and apps.
I have a love/hate relationship with both products when it comes to design. It really depends on your individual preferences. Here’s my growing list of comparisons.
While there is no definitive right way to approach website and app design, there are still standards and procedures one must follow. But It all goes down to preference at the end of the day when it comes to which tool to execute Web and App Design. Sketch is specifically for UX/UI, while Photoshop speaks to all digital artists. It’s your choice what you want to work with. Just don’t expect to create a work of art with Sketch or use it on your PC. And expect to put just a little more of your own hands into your Photoshop mockup. We still love Photoshop (and our beloved Adobe products, thus we don’t plan on making any changes anytime soon here at Hubsphere.
We’re curious what you think. What tool do you prefer to use for your UX/UI design?
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