The user experience (opens in new tab) is ever-changing. New experiences are emerging all the time, from VR and AR to voice. For more details, take a look at our article on the biggest new trends in UX (opens in new tab). These technologies all present new challenges, and as you might expect new tools are appearing that will help take up this challenge. Here you can find six essential web design tools (opens in new tab) to help build better UX.
01. A-Frame (opens in new tab)
A-Frame is a web framework for building Virtual Reality (VR) experiences. Originally developed by Mozilla, it is an independent open source project. A-Frame is HTML, making it simple to get started.
02. Funkify Disability Simulator (opens in new tab)
Funkify is an extension for Chrome that helps you experience the web and interfaces through the eyes of users with different abilities and disabilities. Funkify is created by a team of usability and accessibility experts in Sweden.
03. BotPreview (opens in new tab)
Sketch and design your own chatbot interactions using the BotPreview online editor and share them or export as static HTML or MP4/GIF video, without writing a single line of code.
04. Microsoft HoloLens (opens in new tab)
Microsoft’s ‘mixed-reality’ product, HoloLens, is the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you.
05. Bots UI Kit for Sketch (opens in new tab)
A simple and fully customisable Sketch UI kit to help you design and showcase your Facebook Messenger Bots. All elements are turned into new branded Sketch symbols, so prototyping has never been easier.
06. UseContrast (opens in new tab)
A macOS app that provides access to WCAG colour contrast ratios. The entire app UI updates instantly when picking colours, making it easy to get the colour contrast information you need to make informed decisions about the colour of your text.
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