Design Tools

Adobe XD vs Invision + Sketch Combo

Adobe has a exclusive mac preview of the much awaited designing + prototyping tool, Adobe Comet (now called Adobe XD). It is light and powerful and would be all that you need to quickly design a prototype for your mobile screens. It won’t replace illustrator or photoshop. You still need illustrator to create the graphics and icons for the app.

Where do I use Adobe XD (Experience Design)
It would be really powerful for the UX designers to sell their ideas without coding. Transitions which help create hierarchy in complex enterprise solutions can be easily created under the prototype tab. The best part of the preview is the ‘Sample file’ which quickly shows you the power of XD. For someone, already familiar with Photoshop/Illustrator, this tool would be a boon.

Today, Invision, the prototyping and testing tool also has an announcement

Silver Flows allows users to define all of the logic and transitions required to create prototypes directly inside the Sketch interface

Craft for sketch and photoshop already brings powerful tools to quickly creating screens.


The combined power of Craft + Silver Flows + Sketch would definitely prove to be a strong alternative to XD. Invision still remains the best tool to crowdsource feedback on interfaces.

As of now, I would definitely give it to Adobe, considering their already successful subscription model. Adobe happens to be one for very few companies which has managed to successfully change their pricing from ‘pay once model’ to subscription.

Update: 28 July 2016

In a recent project, a web app which has a lot of list – >details, add, edit flows. I started with Experience Design. Initially, I used the experience design prototype show it to the team. But, I needed more feedback. I had to switch to invision. Invision rocks as a pure prototyping tool and can use Sketch files.

I moved from XD to Invision to create the screens

Why is Invision + Sketch is better than Experience Design

  1. When you create hotspots, It lets you templates and use it on multiple screens. It is very useful for the primary navigation.
  2. With Sketch its much easier to change the wireframes

Update: 22 Nov 2016

Invision is getting even powerful with its latest update of <inspect/>. This will reduce the need of the complex style guides. Designers can focus on creating the best experience. This requires designer to use Sketch to create the prototype and this needs to be imported

There is one feature in Invision which makes me come back to it again and again. The able to create HOTSPOT template. This is the best feature that saves a lot of time. I remember the days trying to make it happen in Axure RP.



Design notes

Change is inevitable; Products/Brands that evolve are here to stay!!

[still editing; if i wait for it to be perfect; it will never be ready to be a post!! And these are just my random notes about random things]

There are many great products this world has seen from the yester years, that has lost the battle to apple/android mostly because, they didn’t adapt to the changing world;

Reading ‘Made in Japan’ made me go back to an era where SONY was there at the top. Walkman

What happened to them?
The early walkman’s used Sony’s proprietary ATRAC format, and didn’t adapt MP3. It didn’t support the ubiquitous MP3 codec in their early players and made their users to convert their MP3 music collection to ATRAC3 for use on their Walkman.

In comes iPod, supporting mp3 out of the box, with itunes software.

Don’t frustrate your users is the lesson; adapt quickly; Samsung seems to be doing it well. Product have to adapt really quickly to the changes in the system they inhabit, if you don’t change you dont’ survive, evolution kicks you out

Nokia E series and managing contacts
It was a pain to transfer contacts from one phone to another in the early phones, .nbu format and pc suite did help a bit. then there was nokia transfer between nokia phones. Then there was ovi sync. Each one was better than previous, but what does android do, syncs your contact with your google account and you never lose them

But this is not the only reason, they didn’t give up symbian and continued it till the end;

Why didn’t Nokia join the Android consortium started in 2007, which Samsung and Motorola joined at the very start?