Top UX and Product Design Tools for Remote Work in 2021

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Nowadays, the Internet has changed not only the way we live, but also the way we work together. Finding yourself working remotely all of a sudden can be jarring: You can’t physically look over anyone’s shoulder.

This is a quick overview of several key design and research tools which can help UX teams working, anywhere, anytime.

So, in no particular order, here are our recommendations on some UX tools that can help improve remote collaboration for your UX process.

Miro

Miro

Miro

Scalable, secure, cross-device and enterprise-ready team collaboration whiteboard for distributed teams. Miro is the online collaborative whiteboarding platform that enables distributed teams to work effectively together, from brainstorming with digital sticky notes to planning and managing agile workflows.

Sketch

Sketch

Sketch

Sketch is a design toolkit built to help you create your best work — from your earliest ideas, through to final artwork. Over one million designers — from freelancers, to some of the largest companies in the world — use Sketch to transform their ideas into incredible products, every day.

Abstract

Abstract

Abstract

Bring git-inspired version control & collaboration to your design team. Centralize design decisions, feedback, and files. Integrates with Sketch & Adobe XD. Abstract is a platform to help manage versioning and workflow for design projects.

UserZoom

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UserZoom

Whether your team is starting, scaling, or advancing their UX insights strategy, UserZoom has the platforms and services you need for digital success. UserZoom helps businesses get the insights they need to deliver better digital experiences. UserZoom is the only UX insights solution that can tell you what users think, track how they behave, and objectively measures user experience performance.

Optimal Workshop

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Optimal Workshop

Understand what matters most with our user research platform — transform insights into action, and make decisions with confidence. Discover how people conceptualize, group and label ideas with OptimalSort so you can confidently and easily optimize your content structure. Get feedback on your designs fast. Understand your customers and make informed decisions. Capture all your research notes from user interviews and usability tests within a single source of truth.

Mural

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Mural

Mural is a digital workspace for visual collaboration, enabling innovative teams to solve important problems. More than an online whiteboard, Mural enables innovation at scale by providing a platform for everything from product strategy and planning to leading immersive workshops using agile and design thinking methodologies.

Figma

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Figma

A design platform for teams who build products together. Figma is the only platform that brings together powerful design features you already love and a more efficient workflow to boot. Bring your ideas to life in animated prototypes. Test concepts earlier and more often. Create a better blueprint for development. Whether you’re building a design system for the first time or looking to level up your expansive library, Figma creates the single source of truth for your team.

Zoom

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Zoom

Zoom is a cloud-based video communications app that allows you to set up virtual video and audio conferencing, webinars, live chats, screen-sharing, and other collaborative capabilities. You don’t need an account to attend a Zoom meeting, and the platform is compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android, meaning nearly anyone can access it.

Capian

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Capian

The all-in-one tool to do UX & UI reviews quickly. Capture findings as you browse, then share a link to your review. Perfect for heuristic evaluations, UX audits, expert reviews, and many other audit types.

TestingTime

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TestingTime

Carefree test user recruiting. You define your target audience. We organise, schedule, and pay your study participants.

Principle

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Principle

Principle makes it easy to design animated and interactive user interfaces. Whether you’re designing the flow of a multi-screen app, or new interactions and animations, Principle helps you create designs that look and feel amazing.

Marvel

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Marvel

Rapid prototyping, testing and handoff for modern design teams. Marvel has everything you need to bring ideas to life and transform how you create digital products with your team. Placing the power of design in everyone’s hands. The Marvel app is an app that allows you to design and create prototypes of your own apps. It is a great way to use your imagination and create your own apps. Best of all, you can start using it for free.

Framer

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Framer

It’s prototyping made simple—no code required, browser-based, and free for everyone. High-fidelity in half the time. While Framer does bring together development and design in powerful ways, it remains primarily a design and prototyping tool, optimized for designing and creating prototypes, rather than a tool for building production websites and applications.

Webflow

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Webflow

The modern way to build for the web. Webflow empowers designers to build professional, custom websites in a completely visual canvas. Webflow is a SaaS application that allows designers to build responsive websites with browser based visual editing software. While designers use the tool, Webflow automatically generates HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Overflow

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Overflow

Communicate your designs like never before. Create interactive user flow diagrams that tell a story. Create beautiful user flow diagrams and design presentations in no time. Works with Adobe XD, Figma, Sketch, and Photoshop. Navigate with ease and interact with your user flows to show the user journey. Switch to a rapid prototype mode to show the details. Overflow cloud sharing enables you to share your user flows and receive feedback, keeping all stakeholders in sync as the project develops.

Whimsical

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Whimsical

The Visual Workspace. Communicate visually at the speed of thought. The visual workspace – collaborative wireframes, flowcharts, sticky notes, and mind maps.

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