Back

9 Top Product Design Tools To Simplify Your Workday

MasterBorn's Design Team suggests top product design tools for streamlined workflows and enhanced creativity. Design smarter with our popular picks.
MasterBorn Design Team

MasterBorn Design Team

Aug 16, 2023 | 14 min read

9 Top Product Design Tools To Simplify Your Workday

Most designers agree that digital product design requires a lot of effort, and product designers need all the help they can get. At MasterBorn, our Design Team believes in working smarter, not harder, and we value efficiency above all else. In this article, we present our top nine picks for product design tools that can help designers streamline their workflow and simplify their workdays.

From automation to language processing, to UX resources, our product designers gave us their recommendations for the best product design tools that help their design process the most. Each offers a wide range of features to enhance both productivity and creativity. We hope that these tools will make your work simpler and more enjoyable, allowing you to focus on what you do best — designing great products.

Here's our Design Team's list of the most popular design tools.

1. Mobbin

-1 Mobbin

Head of Product Design, Dominik Ziarno recommends Mobbin, a design tool that aggregates real-world design examples from existing applications and patterns that real users have successfully used. It can reduce the time it takes to create prototypes and search for specific design patterns that have already been tested and vetted for feasibility.

Design Process Features:

  • Advanced filtering by app categories.

  • UI elements or screen patterns searching by words used on the design.

  • Bulk copy that allows you to paste screenshots directly to your figma file.

Opinion From the Design Team: Dominik

I often use Mobbin to start the design process and for brainstorming ideas for solutions to a problem our clients face and just to search for inspiration. It’s a tool also really useful for junior designers and can help them start a design project with more confidence since you know the patterns have already been implemented successfully. This tool speeds up my workflow a ton!

Pricing: A free version is available with limited features. Mobbin’s paid accounts start from $8 per month per user.

2. Make.com

-2 Make.com

Dominik also chose Make.com, which is a no-code automation software tool that allows users to automate tasks without any coding knowledge. It works by providing a user-friendly visual interface for creating automation workflows. You can use pre-built connections between different apps APIs and logic building blocks to design a sequence of actions.

Design Process Features:

  • No coding required — everything is just like drag and drop.

  • Pre-built components and connectors — when you want to connect with almost any application you can just have to find it on the list.

  • Collaboration and sharing — you can share created automation with your teammates.

  • Free plan that helps you try if automation speeds up your process and scalability that will support your needs as they grow.

Opinion From the Design Team: Dominik

By using Make.com, I can save a significant amount of time by automating repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Additionally, it can enhance collaboration by integrating different tools and collaboration software such as email, CRM, Google Analytics, or project management platforms, to streamline workflows and increase productivity. Sometimes as designers, we have to set up a landing page with a form, based on this form we should send something to users. Make can help you do that.

Pricing: There’s a free version with up to 1000 operations. Paid accounts start from $9 per month per user.

3. ChatGPT

-3 ChatGPT

Konrad Parasiński picked the language model developed by OpenAI, ChatGPT based on the GPT-3.5 architecture. The tool generates natural language responses to a wide range of inputs, making it a powerful tool for various language-related tasks such as chatbots, language translation, and content generation. ChatGPT is designed to learn and adapt to new data, making it a scalable and versatile solution for businesses and developers.

Design Process Features:

  • Natural language processing capabilities.

  • Ability to generate real content for applications and websites.

  • Helps in writing short and clear dialog window messages.

  • Language translation capabilities.

  • Helps in generating design documentation.

Opinion From the Design Team: Konrad

I probably don't have to introduce this tool to anyone, but it has such a significant impact on the work of product designers that it couldn't be missing here. I use it almost every day, and it has become an integral part of my design process. As product design tools go, it has helped me generate real content for applications and websites, making the design process much smoother and more efficient — no more Lorem Ipsum!

It helps me to write short and clear dialogue window messages that are easy for users to understand — just try writing what you have in your mind and use ChatGPT to make it shorter and more clear. ChatGPT also helps me generate design documentation. Overall, ChatGPT is a must-have tool for any product designer who wants to streamline their workflow and deliver exceptional results.

Pricing: Free plan with limited tokens and $20 per month for ChatGPT Plus

4. SupaPalette

-4 SupaPalette

Konrad Parasiński recommends SupaPalette as a versatile Figma plugin color tool that generates palettes from one color, local style, or selection, with five palette types and a powerful color stop editor.

It supports eight color modes, including RGB, HSL, and CMYK, and has features such as color padding and automatic contrast calculation/correction. You can save, reuse, and export palettes, making it easy to quickly create beautiful, consistent color schemes for all your projects.

Design Process Features:

  • Quick generation of color palettes from one color, local style, or selection.

  • 5 palette types, including tint and shades, tints, shades, tones, opacities, and gradients.

  • Support for eight color modes, including RGB, HSL and CMYK.

  • Powerful color stop editor for unlimited customization.

  • Automatic contrast calculation/correction and color padding.

  • Ability to save, reuse and export palettes for easy integration into other projects.

Opinion From the Design Team: Konrad

I’ve been searching for the best Figma color plugin for a while, and SupaPalette seems to be the perfect match for my needs. The interface is very user-friendly and enjoyable to use as for product design tools, and it allows me to build palettes that are closest to my expectations.

I find all the features, such as automatic contrast calculation and color padding, very useful, and the ability to save and reuse palettes across all my projects is very convenient. Of course, the plugin isn’t free but you can test it for a couple of days.

Pricing: seven-day free trial, $18 every six months for a standard subscription or a $59 lifetime subscription.

5. Wayback Machine

-5 Wayback Machine

Janusz Magoński recommends Wayback Machine, an online library that allows you to browse versions of web pages from the past. It’s a non-profit project run by the Internet Archive organization, which works to preserve and provide access to internet resources for future generations. With Wayback Machine, you can track how websites have changed over time, and also find information and resources that have been removed from the original sites.

Design Process Features:

  • Website Archiving: Wayback Machine allows you to archive past websites, enabling them to be stored and viewed in their original form.

  • Easy Search: With an intuitive interface and advanced search tools, users can easily find the information and pages they need.

  • Accessibility: Wayback Machine is available to any internet user, without the need for logging in or paying to use the service.

  • Data Security: It’s designed with user security and privacy in mind, meaning data is stored securely and not shared without the website owner's consent.

  • Non-Profit: Wayback Machine is a non-profit project run by the Internet Archive organization, which works to preserve and provide access to internet resources for future generations.

Stay updated

Get informed about the most interesting MasterBorn news.

Opinion From the Design Team: Janusz

While it's not a product design tool per se, I think that Wayback Machine is an incredibly useful tool because it allows me to browse through archival versions of websites from the past. This way, I can track how websites have changed over the years and find information, resources and design elements that have been removed from original sites.

This is especially helpful as a design tool when I need to find an old version of the same page on a website or refresh my memory about a specific site. The big advantage to product designers is that Wayback Machine is available to everyone, which makes it easy and quick to find needed information without the need to pay for access or log in to different platforms.

Pricing: Free

6. DALL·E 2

-6 DALL·E 2

Janusz Magoński chose DALL·E 2, an evolving artificial intelligence system created by OpenAI that generates realistic images based on text inputs. The system uses machine learning to recognize different visual features and styles and create corresponding images. DALL·E 2 is a continuation of the earlier DALL·E project and has potential as a design tool as well as in other fields like advertising, video editing and visual art.

Design Process Features:

  • Generates images from text descriptions using artificial intelligence technology.

  • Employs machine learning to recognize different visual features and styles and create images.

  • Creates high-quality images that can be difficult to distinguish from real photographs.

  • Combine different elements into one image, enabling the creation of unconventional and novel visualizations.

  • Flexibility in creating images of different sizes and proportions, giving users great flexibility in creating visualizations.

  • Potential in various fields such as design, advertising, education and visual art.

  • Continuous improvement into the future will have even greater potential for generating realistic images.

Opinion From the Design Team: Janusz

As a designer, I consider DALL·E 2 to be an incredibly useful tool in my work. Thanks to this system, I can kickstart my design process and quickly generate realistic images based on a short text description, which allows me to easily visualize my design ideas and concepts. DALL·E 2 gives me great flexibility in creating images, using vector graphics, which allows me to experiment with different proportions, colors and styles.

Pricing:

At the beginning, we receive 15 free credits (60 images) that renew every month. The base credits don’t carry over to the next month, so they expire a month, but we receive 15 new free credits.

In the first phase of the beta version, users can purchase additional DALL·E credits in quantities of 115 credits (460 images) for $15 above their monthly free credits. Each credit is charged each time a command is entered and the user presses "generate" or "variants changed.”

7. Fontshare

-7 Fontshare

Julia Hącia recommends Fontshare. It is a free fonts service launched by the Indian Type Foundry (ITF). It’s a growing collection of professional-grade fonts that are 100% free for personal and commercial use.

Design Process Features:

Large selection of professional-grade fonts that are free for personal and commercial use.

  • Clean and user-friendly interface, making it simple for users to search and find the fonts they need.

  • Users can customize font previews by adjusting the font size, color, and background to see how the font will look in different scenarios.

  • The website is regularly updated with new fonts, ensuring that users have access to the latest and most relevant fonts for their projects.

Opinion From the Design Team: Julia

Fontshare is a great website for font enthusiasts and designers. The website offers a wide range of fonts, including many unique and creative options that might be hard to find with other product design tools. I really appreciate the very simple interface and user-friendly interface.

Pricing: Free

8. Color Contrast

-8 Color Contrast

Anna Cygan recommends Color Contrast, which is a plugin for Figma that checks the contrast of the components according to web content accessibility guidelines.

Design Process Features:

  • When selecting a layer, the user can see the contrast ratio of the component, as well as the vitality of font weights and colors.

  • Plugin is updated according to current WCAG standards.

  • While using the plugin, users can make instant changes and apply them to the designs if needed.

Opinion From the Design Team: Anna

Using product design software such as Color Contrast improves my work on our design team and makes it so much easier to make a decision regarding color contrast and font size. It also reduces the mistakes found in usability testing when applying the A11y (accessibility), making it a great collaboration tool with other teams. It also helps keep my design thinking sharp.

Most importantly, it helps designers to create digital products that are accessible for users with disabilities including accommodations for blindness and low vision. In the end, it helps all users interact with web content and product design.

Pricing: Free

9. Nielsen Norman Group

-9 Nielsen Norman Group

Anastasiia Vanivska recommends the extensive UX resource Nielsen Norman Group, a research and consulting firm trusted by leading organizations worldwide to provide reliable guidance on user experience. If you heard about web usability heuristics, this group founded the concept. It offers articles, reports, courses and conferences for UX professionals and businesses alike.

Design Process Features:

  • The Nielsen Norman Group website offers a comprehensive, free library of over 1500 articles, including research findings, guidelines and UX methods.

  • The website provides user-based analysis in its articles, which saves time for designers who are looking for UX solutions that are based on proven methods and techniques.

  • The website offers short videos that provide important information in just a few minutes, using real-world examples to help users understand how to apply UX principles to their work.

  • The website also provides access to a wide range of psychological research, which is gathered in one place, saving users valuable time and effort in finding relevant information on this important topic.

Opinion From the Design Team: Anastasiia

When I was thinking of product design tools, the Nielsen Norman Group came to mind because it has been an invaluable resource for me as a product designer and on product design teams I've worked on. The access to a wide range of psychological research has given me a much deeper understanding of user behavior and needs, which has had a significant impact on the products I create.

With all of this research gathered in one place, I no longer have to spend too much time and effort searching. For example, the research on where the 80% of a user's focus is while looking at a website, or user research on the three types of emotional processing, are things that I may not have previously paid attention to in my product design process, but can now use to greatly improve ui/ux design.

Pricing: Many resources are free, courses or conferences are paid

Summary

Choosing the right product design tools can make a significant difference in a product designer's workflow. The right tools can speed up the design process, reduce repetitive tasks, and increase productivity. We have presented some of our favorite product design tools in this article, but this is just a stepping-off point.

There are many more design tools out there that can help product designers, team members and aspiring designers in their product design process. We encourage all product teams and designers to experiment with different tools and find what works best for them. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to find a product design tool, or several, that enhance your workflow and help you achieve your goals as a product designer.

-10 Summary

Related articles:
/blog/masterui-by-masterborn-an-all-in-one-ui-kit-for-busy-figma-designers/

MasterUI by MasterBorn: An all-in-one UI kit for busy Figma designers

When an opportunity to streamline the design process occurs, powerful tools are behind it. Read about MasterUI kit and the benefits it gives to Figma designers.

/blog/soft-skills-for-product-designers/

8 Must-Have Soft Skills for Product Designers

Discover the hidden power of soft skills in product design. Learn how translating ideas and understanding business values can elevate your career.

/blog/Design-systems-the-benefits-for-start-ups-and-product-teams/

Design systems: the benefits for start-ups and product teams

Design systems are gaining traction in the product development world, but they’re still a novelty for many CEOs. Read on and stay on top of industry trends!

We build valuable, JavaScript products for U.S.-based companies

  • Nashville, U.S.

    2713 Wortham Ave.
    Nashville, TN 37215, USA

  • Wrocław, PL

    ul. Krupnicza 13, 50-075 Wrocław

  • Szczecin, PL

    ul. Wielka Odrzańska 26, 70-535 Szczecin

  • Kielce, PL

    ul. Gabrieli Zapolskiej 45B, 25-435 Kielce


Copyright © MasterBorn® 2016-2024

The Administrator of your data is MasterBorn, with its registered office in Wroclaw, Krupnicza 13, Wroclaw. If you want to withdraw, get an insight or update information about you, then contact us: contact@masterborn.com