Why Learn Sketch for UI & UX Design?
Unlike Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (which were originally created for photo retouching or illustration) the entire focus of the Sketch app is on designing the UI and UX of digital products such as websites and apps.
- Sketch costs $99 to purchase and includes one year of updates and Sketch cloud. After the first year you can keep using Sketch at no extra cost, but if you want more updates (and Sketch Cloud) you can renew your license for $69 for another year.
- Symbols are where Sketch really shines. They let you reuse design elements (such as buttons) while allowing each instance to be customized. Being able to globally update symbols enables you to create flexible design systems that are easier to manage.
- With artboards and layout guides, you can design on popular grid systems (like Bootstrap), making it easier to design responsive webpages.
- Exporting graphics from Sketch is quick. Mark what you want to export, select the filetype and size, and you’re ready to export.
- Sketch has some prototyping features built-in, or you can pair it with InVision to make clickable prototypes to test with users, show clients, and send to developer. We cover these concepts in the Sketch Advanced class.