I finally found some time to take a look at Adobe XD (Experience Design). The program at the moment is very minimal, yet it shows some seriously cool and powerful features! I had the time to play around a bit with some photography and logos that I had been working on for a client that is creating a non-cloud based storage application. Although the software gave me the capabilities to quickly access mobile assets and efficiently create layouts and attach pages with transitions, I felt that thus far the program leaves you feeling a bit empty and limited. The quick artboard function is very nice, being able to create artboards at default device sizes and quickly add content is ideal. The included kits for both Apple and Android phones are very useful. I found myself using them more so for type sizes than anything. Being able to quickly know what size type Apple or Android are using for things such as email subject fields, subheadings, etc. is extremely useful moving forward with your own designs. The software currently uses two views, 1) Design. Simply, the design view is used to layout your artboards and pages and complete the overall look of the application pages. 2) Prototype. This view allows you to connect any element to another page or element on any of your other artboards. This is also set up with default sliding transitions and fields to edit transition time and functionality.

Here is the very small project I tinkered with my first go round with Adobe XD. PROJECT

I spent only about an hour messing with all the tools and functions of the software however it gave me a pretty accomplished feel once I was done tinkering around. Overall the program seems it will be a powerful tool moving forward. I am excited to see if they integrate a way to generate more useful exports for designers to provide developers should one of their designs need to come to life. Currently you can export images to different sizes for each device seamlessly which is nice but you cannot do much more than that. Hopefully it becomes something in the future that is the default tool between a designer and developer.

-G

2017-05-19T20:39:53+00:00