What I Do
Tools I use
Flutter is a new toolkit made by Google to develop Mobile Application (iOS and Android), WebApp, Desktop Application with one and unique single codebase. It is using the programming language dart and is considered by many to be the next big thing in development world.
Figma is probably the best tool for UI/UX Designer working in a team. File synchronization, Team Library, Version Control and Comment directly available from the app or the browser. I use Figma to collaborate with other designers and developers.
Sketch is the most used software for designing User Interface and Wireframe. The various number of plugins and tools make is a must-have for any UI/UX Designer. I use it for Freelanc and when I'm working solo.
Zeplin is a software you can use to export design and interface with developers. It makes the life of both side easier. Moreover you can export a design directly to code which can save a huge amount of time.
Invision is similar to Zeplin, You can export your designs to Invision and share flows, mockups and prototypes with developers. It also have a built-in editor (Invision Studio) similar to Sketch and Figma.
Affinity Designer is an alternative to Adobe Illustrator. It is really powerful and have great features such as Infinite Scrolling or Personas. I initially did the switch fron Illustrator because of the excessive price of Adobe CC.
Affinity Photo is an alternative to Adobe Photoshop. I use it for every work that need pixel editing.I initially did the switch fron Photoshop because of the excessive price of Adobe CC.
I'm using TailwindCSS and PostCSS to almost any new project I'm working on. Atomic CSS can save you a lot of time and troubles but also make sure your design is consistent. On top of that, I use plugin like purgecss to clean all unacessary CSS for better optimization.
Grav CMS is a new fresh and open source CMS that is way faster, secure and cleaner than Wordpress. I know Wordpress quite well but feel like it's time to use a better alternative. Grav might be the best one at the moment.
Visual Studio Code is an Open Source Editor I use for all my coding (Flutter, HTMl, CSS, PHP, TWIG). I use it because it has a built-in terminal, many plugins, a powerful debugger and git is directly integrated. On top of that, it is light and free.
I use Git for version controlling for all my files (except Figma). It's important to keep track of changes and git is doing it perfectly. Depending of the team I might work with another tool for version controling such as Abstract (for any XD and Sketch files)
Illustrator is one of the biggest software for Illustration. I use it to work on printing materials. The reason is that most printing company still only accept "ai" files only.