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7 Reasons Why You Will Like Sketch & Affinity Designer

To start in UX and UI Design today is much easier and affordable for anyone. Before then, you have to own Axure, Adobe’s Photoshop or Illustrator to design for mobile. For today’s topic, we will take a look at two of the most popular tools for mobile design – Sketch and Affinity Designer, and discuss 7 reasons why you will like to try it!

1. Speed

If there’s one main reason why these tools are awesome, it’s because of speed.

Once you have mastered the keyboard shortcuts and get used to the interface, it will be easy for you to work on projects. In fact, if you’re a beginner it will look familiar to you and would not be too hard to learn.

Similar to Photoshop, you work with layers and artboards. The best part is artboard templates for iOS, Android and Website are already prepared. If you take a dip into Sketch, you can Create Symbols and Text Styles that will enhance your workflow. In Affinity Designer & Sketch, there is even a feature called Nested Symbols where you can nest symbols within symbols, useful for menu bars:

These are just some of the cool features that helps in designing mobile UI. In the later part, we will discuss how Plugins can integrate with your workflow.

2. Non-Laggy

Do you have a slow Mac or PC that you think will not help in your design work? We understand how frustrating it is when our work is slowed down by the software. With Sketch & Affinity Designer, it is pretty quick to start a project without lag.

Once you are designing more and more artboards, it is best to spread them in different pages, especially in Sketch. We also like how Affinity Designer starts, saves, exports project quickly. These software will be light on your computer and we trust you will find very few problems with it.

3. User-friendly

Sketch user friendlyOn Sketch, you will find a cleaner look on the UI.

affinity designer user friendly

On Affinity Designer, it has a dark look similar to Photoshop.

With Sketch & Affinity Designer, users will find the ease of navigating artboards and layers easily on the left and editing item properties on the right. In Affinity Designer, you will find the UI similar to Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator and it could take a bit of time if you have not used it before. For a beginner, Sketch is more user-friendly as it has a clear, powerful and clean uncluttered UI for mobile design.

4. Pixel-Perfect

Today’s mobile devices with multiple densities requires producing UI assets that is pixel-perfect. With Sketch & Affinity Designer, you have vector-based editing which allows you to scale elements without losing quality; everything remains sharp. Keep in mind about designing in whole-pixel values and understand how sub-pixel values can affect your design:

In our experience designing vector art is much better in Affinity Designer. We find it simply the best and enjoyable to do it in AD compared to Sketch. Let us know your thoughts if you agree or disagree with this.

5. Built-In Grids & Layouts

Sketch Guides and Grid Settings

When designing for mobile it is best to follow a 8px Grid, as it provides ease during development. With Sketch, you can easily toggle this on the View icon and adjust Grids, Rulers and Layout settings. Within Affinity Designer, you can add guides according to Vertical or Horizontal placement.

We have a free download for iOS Guides: Affinity Designer iOS Grid and Sketch iOS Grid.

6. Integration

With Sketch, you have a wide range of free Plugins available to enhance your speed. Need a picture for a persona? Or temporary lorem ipsum text? Just use a content generator plugin to help you. As for Affinity Designer, there is currently no plugin availability, but we hope there will be more features on this in the future.

One of the best features you can use with Sketch is with Zeplin. With a Zeplin plugin, you can transfer your screens into Zeplin for the developer to export any data or UI Assets out with ease. With this, you can lessen your work of documenting style guides or exporting assets yourself.

Sketch also offers a lot of convenience and easily integrates with applications such as InVision, Principle, Flinto and Marvel – making prototyping quicker.

7. Multiple Exports

Affinity Designer and Sketch Export Formats

What we like about Sketch & Affinity Designer is that you can export your work into multiple of file types and sizes.

Take for example in Sketch, you can export each artboards as screens and also export multiple sizes from 1x density to 2x and 3x all at once! You can do this in Affinity Designer, but by adjusting the dpi as there is currently no quick option for 1x or 2x exports.

However, one of the plus points in Affinity Designer is that you can export it in .psd – which is certainly useful for developers or clients who still uses Photoshop.

We hope you find the post useful and helpful in understanding Sketch and Affinity Designer better. If you would like to try out Sketch, you can either download the free trial or purchase it for $99. If you want to try out Affinity Designer, you can also download the free trial or purchase it at $49.99 at their site.

There are great tutorial resources that will help you master your skills. For Sketch users, we recommend reading Christian Krammer’s book ‘Sketch Handbook’ and for Affinity Design users, do check out the ‘Affinity Designer Workbook’ by Serif.

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