The web is evolving at a rapid pace. This may seem like an obvious statement, but when your job is designing for the web, it’s important to acknowledge this pace rather than resist it.
For the last decade, Adobe products have been the mainstream design tools for both print and web designers. The downside, however, to being popular with a wide range of design-related camps is that it’s much more difficult to make drastic changes to a product without upsetting several of these camps at once. Illustrator, for example, is used by web designers, packaging designers, pattern makers, artists, illustrators and more. The specific needs of one type of user do not necessarily reflect the needs of all.
Recently, a wide range of almost single-minded apps have surfaced, focusing on the needs of one type of user to the exclusion of all others. There are apps specifically for providing handover documentation (Zeplin), for prototyping (InVision, Flinto), for creating brand guidelines (Frontify) and colour palettes (Open Color Tools), just to list a few. Smaller products aimed at niche audiences have lead to greater changes and much, much better design tools for the ever-changing web.
Sketch is another of these single-minded apps, and although it has been around for nearly seven years, it’s only in the last three that it has become a significant competitor to Adobe products as a web design application. The Subtraction.com Design Tools Survey of 2015 revealed that a majority of web designers are now using Sketch as some part of their workflow. This, along with a couple of major feature updates in 2016 made the case for switching to Sketch too compelling for us at Liquorice to ignore.