The best UI design tools

A UI designer uses one of the best UI design tools on a monitor screen on a desk
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The best UI design tools offer everything a UI designer needs to create wireframes or realistic, fully functional prototypes to hand off to developers. Many UI designers have their favourites, and all of the best UI design tools tend to have strong, dedicated followings, so it can be hard to get a grip on which tools will really suit you best, but in the guide below we weigh up the pros and cons of our own reviewers' favourite options. 

A lot of UI designers use more than one of the tools below because each has its strengths and weaknesses, and some tools are better than others for particular needs. Sketch was once the almost undisputed king, but there are many, many competitors on the market today, some of which have upped the game in certain areas.

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Carl Cahill

Carl is a creative who has been in the web industry for more than 14 years. Blessed with a passion for UX/UI design, Carl has been awarded Creative of the Year for his contribution to the industry. His diverse portfolio of past clients includes Facebook, Twitter, Unity Technologies, Ordnance Survey, and beauty brand Lush. He has written features for Web Designer magazine, and currently heads up the Salo Creative agency, which he also founded.