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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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.