Top UX Tools of 2013

UX tools are varied, numerous, and are invaluable to designing powerful, functional and easy-to-use software. So, there must be a lot of different kinds of these UX tools for the many faces of interactive digital systems, right?
Oh, you better believe it. There are countless designers to create mobile apps, desktop software, web designs, and game menus; the list could go on ad infinitum. We all know about the heavy hitter UX solutions like MonoDevelop, Visual Studio, Hot Gloo, DreamWeaver and the like. These are the multi-talented tools which everyone uses in the big industry to get the job done.

When a proprietary design is put in place, these are the industry standard tools that get the job done; however, are they necessarily what you need for simpler tasks? Say you’re starting an online store, or want to create widgets for public use, or any number of less than corporate projects. Oh, sure, if you’re skilled with those programs, you’ll get the job done with great success. But, do you know those programs? If not, wouldn’t it be wiser to seek less complex solutions that are catered to your specific goals? This is 2013’s trending specialized UX tools, which help deliver more efficient creation of user experiences for those with simple but high-standard needs.

#1 – Shopify
Shopify is for that specific online storefront scenario I just mentioned. This program makes optimizing and designing a stunning, solid online storefront very easy. Highly configurable and flexible, while easy to set up, this lets you create a storefront that fits the way your demographic thinks. You can use templates or create your own ideal version of flow and navigation, as well as aesthetics and procedure. If you’re not a software person, that doesn’t excuse you from your storefront needing a solid UX design. That’s what Shopify makes easy to accomplish, without any real programming or advanced design knowledge going in.

#2 – Eclipse
Ok, this one’s still a bit of a heavy hitter, but there’s a reason. For programmers and designers who want to break into the mobile marketplace, there’s a special kind of UX that has to be applied to design logic there. Using the high end ARM toolkits is very complex, but going the native Java route for Android and iPhone is very easily done with Eclipse. Like the big program design systems such as Visual Studio, a point and click designer lets you work out your navigation, compartmentalization and GUI layout very organically. The derivative of Java that is involved is so simple, my 8 year old niece uses it, so, I would say it’s easier to pick up than the big app design systems, by far.

#3 – Intuit Websites
Similar to the marketplace offering, this is an all in one UX design kit to build good looking, media-rich websites which both stun and amaze the demographic. With full control, or as little control as you are comfortable with, this intuitive system can take information about your preferred aesthetic choices, navigation methodologies and the like, and build a construct that works well for the majority of your user base.

Again, being a web source does not excuse you from solid, demographic-compatible UX. These are not the big industry standard UX tools, which we all know. These are the smaller ones that are popular for the everyday person, who just needs to get it done, and get it done right.