The best UI prototyping tools

A UI designer uses one of the best UI prototyping tools on a laptop
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The best UI prototyping tools are an essential part of any UI designers' toolkit. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a good prototype is worth a thousand meetings. Being able to share clear prototypes that all stakeholders can follow and understand is key to achieving smooth and efficient development and handoff. Successful UI prototyping helps keep designers and clients on the same page, giving clients a clear window into what is being created and the chance to respond with feedback. 

There are many UI prototyping tools on the market and no one perfect solution that will serve for every product, or every stage of a product's development. Each of the best UI prototyping tool has its own benefits and often certain features that others lack. This means that the best UI prototyping tool for you will depend on what you need in terms of fidelity, adaptability, collaboration, ease of use, and, of course, cost. The chances are that you'll want to at least be familiar with several of the tools in our list below so you can use them when they fit the job. 

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.