Posted 15th May 2016 | By Jack Rogers, Web Designer

What happens when a designer gets design block? No it's not a made up term, it really happens! When we have design block we tend to go onto blog websites - we all have our own preferences but websites I like to visit are CreativeBloq and Webdesigner Depot. When visiting both of these blog sites I stumbled upon articles that were reviewing a piece of software called Adobe Experience Design.

What happens when a designer gets design block? No it's not a made up term, it really happens! When we have design block we tend to go onto blog websites - we all have our own preferences but websites I like to visit are CreativeBloq and Webdesigner Depot. When visiting both of these blog sites I stumbled upon articles that were reviewing a piece of software called Adobe Experience Design.

What exactly is Adobe Experience Design?

Experience Design is a piece of software that helps UX designers to test-drive their designs and to get real feedback on the design they have created - UX is short for User Experience. The software allows us to add animations between different page designs. This helps us to really connect with our design, it's also a great way for us to understand our design in a more "real life" environment, as we are able to realise what works and what doesn't.

Who does this software benefit?

This software benefits everyone, from designers & developers to clients. Designers spend a lot of time liaising with developers to discuss how we want our design to work ready for development. Using this helps us to discuss our design with developers with real life examples of animations and movement and to explain what happens when users click certain buttons.

What's so good about this software?

Streamlined design
We can speed up our design process with intuitive tools that let us draw, reuse and remix elements to create wireframes, visual designs, interactive prototypes and production-ready assets all in the same app.

Interactive prototypes
We are able to add interactions and animations to accurately test how users will experience our design, and switch easily between design and prototype without leaving the app.

Live previews
We can eliminate guesswork by previewing our designs complete with transitions, make changes and see them immediately applied so our experience looks just the way we want it.

Easy sharing
Adobe experience lets us send a link to team members and get quick feedback on our designs and share production-ready artwork with developers so they can build the designs more easily.

This sounds great! What's the catch?

The only problem is that the software is still in very early development which means features that we would find incredibly useful are not yet available. We have recently started to have a play around with this software for a current project.

Look out for future blogs with more information on how we are using this software.

Thanks for reading, Jack.

Written by Jack Rogers, Web Designer at ExtraMile Communications. Information sourced from Adobe.

 

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